The City of El Paso, Texas, situated on the border with Mexico, features a scenic landscape and friendly population highly regarded for its unique cultural blend. Founded over four centuries ago as an outpost for traders and missionaries in the west, El Paso’s dynamic growth has been credited to the development of an integrated international trade region with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, long before free trade zones and global markets flourished. According to Census 2000, El Paso is currently the fifth largest city in the State of Texas and the twenty-third largest city in the United States. Ciudad Juarez, El Paso’s sister city across the border, is the largest city in the State of Chihuahua and the fifth largest city in all of Mexico.
El Paso is home to a young population whose labor force is bilingual, diverse, and ready for our expanding economy. Coupled with a strong work ethic and an excellent educational system, the rapidly growing El Paso labor force continues to attract a variety of industries to the region. The diversity of El Paso's labor force is evident in its employment distribution, with 22% of employment in the government sector, 13% in retail trade and 10% in professional and business services.
As economic trends change the way the world does business, senior executives are faced with the daunting task of identifying those communities prepared to foster the greatest prosperity. Likewise, the City of El Paso has been working diligently to ensure its own success in the new economy.
Many Fortune 500 Companies, including Eureka, Leviton, Hoover, Boeing, and Delphi, have discovered the myriad of resources the El Paso area has to offer. A highly productive labor force, strategic location, intelligent infrastructure, and unique quality of life all combine to make El Paso a remarkably attractive site for expansion or relocation.
Uniquely situated on the border of two nations and three states, El Paso's location also presents a wide array of opportunities. El Paso and its sister city, Ciudad Juarez, (located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua) comprise the largest metropolitan area on the border between the United States and Mexico; in fact, the downtown areas of these two cities are within walking distance of each other. El Paso's proximity to Mexico furnishes an excellent opportunity for businesses to capitalize on NAFTA, the maquiladora industry, and other prospects in Central and South America, especially when used in conjunction with El Paso's Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #68. Encompassing over 3000 acres in 21 non-contiguous sites, FTZ #68 is the 5th largest in volume in the country and the largest on the U.S. Mexico border.
Moreover, El Paso's central location yields a strategic proximity to markets across North America, with an interstate highway system providing both east/west and north/south access, rail facilities serving every North American market, and the newly renovated and expanded El Paso International Airport.
El Paso has the transportation infrastructure that will allow access to markets from coast to coast. Furthermore, the telecommunications network in El Paso offers state-of-the-art voice and data transmission facilities to almost one-quarter of a million residential and business customers in the area, ensuring that companies located in El Paso can reach clients and colleagues worldwide.
El Paso is the only city in Texas and one of only two cities west of the Mississippi River to receive a Round II Federal Urban Empowerment Zone designation. The Empowerment Zone program carries special tax incentives and bond provisions which encourage private investment, while providing additional funding for workforce development. Similarly, Texas State Enterprise Zones allow for refunds on various sales and use taxes paid by businesses. In addition to these programs, the City of El Paso offers an array of comprehensive business incentives, including tax abatement, sales and use tax exemptions, and Industrial Revenue Bonds.
For El Pasoans, quality of life encompasses not only the tangible, such as an affordable cost of living, but also a culture shaped by 400 years of history and influenced by several diverse groups. From the Mission Trail to opera and rodeo, visitors and those who call the city home will tell you that there's no place quite like El Paso.
Christened El Paso del Norte (the Pass of the North) by Don Juan de Onate in 1598, the fertile valley and surrounding mountains were the first all-weather path through the Rockies.
The sun shines on El Paso 302 days per year or 83 percent of the daylight hours. Low humidity and moderate rainfall combine to create a year-round climate exclusive to the region.
Here are the quick facts...
Date Incorporated 1873
Mayor Oscar Leeser
4,000 ft. ASL
Time Zone Mountain
Mean high temperature 76.8 Degrees F.
Mean low temperature 50.6 Degrees F.
Mean precipitation 8.65 inches
Mean # of days clear skies 202 per year
Mean # of days partly cloudy
108 per year
Highest Mountain peak 7,200 ft.
Land area (City) 250.9 sq. mi.
Land Area (County) 1058 sq. mi.
Location Southwest Texas adjoining New Mexico and Mexico
County El Paso County
Estimated Population April 1, 2010
City of El Paso, Texas 649,138
Remainder of El Paso County 115,960
Total for County of El Paso** 679,622
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico* 1,217,818
Total Metro 1,897,440
For more information about the Sun City or to request an El Paso newcomers guide, please call your El Paso Visitor's Center at (915) 534-0600
or visit their website: http://visitelpaso.com/