Information about El Paso, Texas
El Paso had a population of 679,036 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Owing to its proximity to the Mexican border, a large proportion of the population - approximately 81 percent, as of the 2010 census - is of Latino or Hispanic descent. This is more than double the statewide average of nearly 38 percent and well above the national average of just over 16 percent.
Nature lovers can enjoy El Paso's Franklin Mountains State Park, and Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. Amenities include camping, trails and picnic areas, with some guided tours available. Among other attractions in the city are the El Paso Zoo, El Paso Museum of Art, Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. El Paso also hosts numerous annual events, including the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo, one of the country's top twenty longest-running sporting events; Fiesta de las Flores, which celebrates El Paso's Hispanic culture and heritage; and the Plaza Classic Film Festival.
El Paso Educational Opportunities
Located in the west central region of the city, UTEP confers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing and the sciences. In Fall 2014, this public university had about 23,000 students, approximately 19,800 of whom were undergraduates.
El Paso Community College is one of the largest postsecondary institutions in the city, with an enrollment of more than 28,300 students as of Fall 2014. This 2-year public school awards associate's degrees in various fields of study. Students also can earn a certificate of completion. CET-El Paso, which offers training in accounting, building and property maintenance and truck and bus driving, is also located in the city.
El Paso Economy
According to Forbes magazine, the major industries in El Paso include defense and education. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of March 2016, trade, transportation, and utilities held the most employed persons with nearly 66,000 jobs. Education and health services held 44,300 jobs, while leisure and hospitality held nearly 35,000 jobs.