El Paso, TX
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Living in El Paso


El Paso is a very large city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 683,080 people and 140 constituent neighborhoods, El Paso is the sixth largest community in Texas.

El Paso is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, El Paso is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in El Paso who work in office and administrative support (16.22%), sales jobs (11.58%), and management occupations (8.29%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in El Paso. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

El Paso, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of El Paso are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The citizens of El Paso are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.60% of adults in El Paso having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in El Paso in 2010 was $20,391, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,564 for a family of four. However, El Paso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

El Paso is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call El Paso home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in El Paso, accounting for 80.23% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of El Paso residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in El Paso include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of El Paso's cultural character, accounting for 24.36% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in El Paso is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and German/Yiddish.