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El Paso

El Paso, Texas
City of El Paso
From upper left: downtown El Paso skyline, star on the Franklin Mountains, The Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Wyler Aerial Tramway, North Franklin Peak, downtown El Paso at night
Flag of El Paso, Texas
Official seal of El Paso, Texas
Nickname(s): The Sun City, El Chuco
Location in El Paso County and the state of Texas
Location in El Paso County and the state of Texas
Map of USA
Map of USA
El Paso
Location in the United States of America
Coordinates: 31°47′25″N 106°25′24″W / 31.79028°N 106.42333°W / 31.79028; -106.42333Coordinates: 31°47′25″N 106°25′24″W / 31.79028°N 106.42333°W / 31.79028; -106.42333
Country  United States of America
State Texas Texas
County El Paso
Metropolitan Area El Paso
Founded 1680
Incorporated 1873
 • Type Council–manager
 • City Council Mayor Oscar Leeser (D)
Peter Svarzbein
Jim Tolbert
Emma Acosta
Carl L. Robinson
Dr. Michiel Noe
Claudia Ordaz
Lily Limon
Cortney Niland
 • City manager Tommy Gonzalez
 • City 256.3 sq mi (663.7 km2)
 • Land 255.3 sq mi (661.1 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Elevation 3,740 ft (1,140 m)
Population (2010) 649,133
 • Estimate (2015) 681,124 (US: 20th)
 • Metro 838,972 (US: 68th)
 • CSA 1,053,267(US: 58th)
Demonym(s) El Pasoan
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 79900-79999,
88500-88599 (PO Boxes)
Area code(s) 915, 575
FIPS code 48-24000
GNIS feature ID


Primary Airport El Paso International Airport
ELP (Major/International)
Secondary Airport Biggs Army Airfield-
Website www.elpasotexas.gov
Largest Employers in El Paso
1 Fort Bliss
2 El Paso Independent School District
3 City of El Paso
4 Ysleta Independent School District
5 T & T Staff Management L.P.
6 Tenet Healthcare
7 University of Texas at El Paso
8 El Paso Healthcare System, LTD.
9 El Paso County
10 El Paso Community College
11 U.S. Customs and Border Protection
12 Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
13 University Medical Center
14 Dish Network
15 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Network
El Paso City Council

• City Council is officially nonpartisan

Peter Svarzbein District 1, Westside
Jim Tolbert District 2, West Central
Emma Acosta District 3, East Central
Carl L. Robinson District 4, Northeast
Dr. Michiel Noe District 5, Eastside
Claudia Ordaz District 6, East Valley
Lilia B. Limon District 7, Mid Valley
Cortney Niland District 8, Southside


El Paso (/ɛl ˈpæs/ ell PASS-oh; from Spanish, "the pass") is the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. The city is situated in the far western corner of the U.S. state of Texas.

El Paso stands on the Rio Grande river across the Mexico–United States border from Ciudad Juárez, the largest city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The two cities, along with Las Cruces in the neighboring U.S. state of New Mexico, form a combined international metropolitan area sometimes referred to as the Paso del Norte or El Paso–Juárez–Las Cruces. The region of over 2.7 million people constitutes the largest bilingual and binational work force in the Western Hemisphere.

The city is the headquarters of one Fortune 500 and three publicly traded companies, as well as home to the Medical Center of the Americas, the only medical research and care provider complex in West Texas and southern New Mexico, and the University of Texas at El Paso, the city's primary university. The city hosts the annual Sun Bowl college football post-season game, the second oldest bowl game in the country.


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