Facts About El Paso
El Paso is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County in the far western part of the U.S. state of Texas.
The estimated population of El Paso is 681,728, as of 2019, making it the 22nd-largest city in the United States, the sixth-largest city in Texas, and the second-largest city in the Southwest behind Phoenix, Arizona.
El Paso ranks 5th in the nation with the largest proportion of the Hispanic population.
The city hosts the annual Sun Bowl college football postseason game, the second-oldest bowl game in the country.
El Paso Street, the city’s first and oldest street.
El Paso has a strong federal and military presence. William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Biggs Army Airfield, and Fort Bliss are located in the area.
El Paso is a five-time All-America City Award winner, winning in 1969, 2010, 2018, 2020, and 2021, and Congressional Quarterly ranked it in the top three safest large cities in the United States between 1997 and 2014, including holding the title of the safest city between 2011 and 2014.
The El Paso Streetcar is a streetcar system that opened for service on November 9, 2018, and uses a fleet of restored PCC streetcars that had served the city’s previous system until its closure in 1974.
The Sun Bowl is a college football game that has been played since 1935 in El Paso, Texas. It is the second-oldest bowl game in the United States.
The El Paso region has had human settlement for thousands of years, as evidenced by Folsom points from hunter-gatherers found at Hueco Tanks. The evidence suggests 10,000 to 12,000 years of human habitation.
El Paso is located at the intersection of three states: Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua and two countries: the U.S. and Mexico.
El Paso’s official slogan is “You better El Paso Up”.
The first Thanksgiving took place in the United States in 1598 in the town of San Elizario in El Paso County way before the Mayflower pilgrim-landing in 1620.
The city’s elevation is 3,800 ft above sea level.
On 4 July 1945, Francisco “Pancho” Morales invented everyone’s favourite drink with Mexican food, the tequila-based margarita. The invention was made in the El Paso-Juarez region.
The city is nicknamed “The Sun City”.
The city covers a total area of 664 square kilometres.
El Paso follows the Mountain Standard Time, which is 7 hours behind the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
El Paso is home to one of the only 13 Holocaust museums in the entire United States and also happens to be the only bi-lingual Holocaust museum as well.
The Amigo Airsho is one of El Paso’s premier events and is ranked as one of the top-10 air shows in the country, filled with air entertainment and ground activities.
El Paso is located within the Chihuahuan Desert, the easternmost section of the Basin and Range Region.
El Paso is one of the sunniest locations in the United States, with 302 days of sunshine a year.
El Paso hottest ever recorded temperature is 114 °F (46 °C) on June 30, 1994, and its record low is −8 °F (−22 °C) on January 11, 1962.
The Buffalo Soldiers memorial resides in Concordia Cemetery in El Paso and is dedicated to the black soldiers who served in the military after the Civil War.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway was the third tram built in the United States and offers a 7,000 square mile view into three states and two countries.
El Paso has the only Border Patrol Museum in the U.S.
El Paso’s tallest building, the Wells Fargo Plaza, was built in the early 1970s as State National Plaza.
El Paso has a diversified economy focused primarily on international trade, military, government civil service, oil and gas, health care, tourism, and service sectors.
El Paso is home to the largest urban park in the nation: The Franklin Mountains State Park, with more than 24,248 acres, is completely located within the city limits.
El Paso is served by El Paso International Airport and Amtrak via the historic Union Depot.