Profile for El Paso, Texas, TX
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"Sun City Capital of Texas"
El Paso is a city in El Paso County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Spanish for "crossing."
The latitude of El Paso is 31.758N. The longitude is -106.486W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,717 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 584,113.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our El Paso demographic reports
El Paso is on the Rio Grande River.
Former and merged names include:
Cabeza de Vaca crossed the Rio Grande here in 1536. Fort Bliss was established to defend settlers against Indians.
Mexican bandit and military leader Francisco "Pancho" Villa lived in El Paso and organized his forces here during the Mexican Revolution. A portion of the city was ceded to Mexico in 1967.
Home of the Sun Bowl
Public transportation: Sun Metro (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,502. The number of murders and homicides was 21. The violent crime rate was 6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1985 movie, "Lost in America"
· 2000 movie, "Traffic"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranks No. 5 in percentage Hispanic population (76.6%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court justice
· Debbie Reynolds, singer, actress, dancer
· Gene Roddenberry, creator of "Star Trek"
· Thomas Haden Church, actor
· Sam Donaldson, TV journalist
· Vicki Carr, singer
Local bands (past and present) have included Bobby Fuller Four
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Java Dave's, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Salsa Festival - Oct. 20-21, 2007
- Siglo de Oro Drama Festival - March 1-5, 2007
- El Paso Country Fair - Sept. 15, 2007
- Oktoberfest - Sept. 14-16, 2007
- Viva Mexico - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- Fiesta San Elizario - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- Fiesta de las Flores - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check El Paso web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Franklin Mountains State Park, Hueco Tanks State Park
El Paso attractions: El Paso Zoo, Western Playland amusement park, casino
Sports teams: Diablos (American Association of Independent Professional Baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Hueco Tanks State Historical Park, Magoffin Home State Historical Park, Wilderness Park Museum, Border Patrol Museum, Americana Museum, Centennial Museum, El Paso Museum of Art
Colleges and universities:
University of Texas at El Paso
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 78
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Ancestry & family history
5% of El Paso residents report German ancestry, and 3% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the El Paso ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in El Paso was $14,388, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of El Paso residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
El Paso festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Fiesta de las Flores - A
- Oktoberfest - S
- Salsa Festival - O
- Viva Mexico - S
- Siglo de Oro Drama Festival - M
- Fiesta San Elizario - S
- El Paso Country Fair - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in El Paso include Manhattan Heights Historic District, Old San Francisco Historic District, Sunset Heights Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in El Paso, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $412. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $810.
Libraries in El Paso include Armijo Branch Library, Cielo Vista Branch Library, Clardy Fox Branch Library, El Paso Public Library, Irving Schwartz Branch Library, Lower Valley Branch Library, Memorial Park Branch Library, Richard Burges Branch Library, Westside Branch Library, Ysleta Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in El Paso include El Paso Times
TV stations in El Paso include KCOS, KDBC, KFOX, KINT, KSCE, KTFN, KTSM, KVIA.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KTEP.
El Paso County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our El Paso political report.
El Paso restaurants taking online reservations include Cafe Central ... View restaurants
The average commute time for El Paso workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 152 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in El Paso between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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