El Paso, Texas

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El Paso, Texas
City of El Paso
From top, left to right: Downtown El Paso, Southwest University Park, the Ysleta Mission, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Franklin Mountains
Nicknames: 
The Sun City,[1] El Chuco[2]
Location in El Paso County and the state of Texas
Location in El Paso County and the state of Texas
El Paso, Texas is located in Texas
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Location in El Paso County and the state of Texas
El Paso, Texas is located in the United States
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas (the United States)
El Paso, Texas is located in North America
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas (North America)
Coordinates: 31°45′33″N 106°29′19″W / 31.75917°N 106.48861°W / 31.75917; -106.48861Coordinates: 31°45′33″N 106°29′19″W / 31.75917°N 106.48861°W / 31.75917; -106.48861
Country United States
State Texas
CountyEl Paso
First settlement1680
Settled as Franklin1849
Renamed El Paso1852
Town laid out1859
Incorporated1873
Government
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • City Council
  • Mayor Oscar Leeser (D)
  • Peter Svarzbein
  • Alexsandra Annello
  • Cassandra Hernandez
  • Joe Molinar
  • Isabel Salcido
  • Claudia Ordaz
  • Henry Rivera
  • Cissy Lizarraga
 • City managerTommy Gonzalez
Area
 • City259.25 sq mi (671.46 km2)
 • Land258.43 sq mi (669.33 km2)
 • Water0.82 sq mi (2.13 km2)
Elevation
3,740 ft (1,140 m)
Population
 • City678,815
 • Rank23rd in the United States
6th in Texas
 • Density2,626.69/sq mi (1,014.17/km2)
 • Metro868,859 (67th)
Demonym(s)El Pasoan
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP Codes
  • 79900–79999
  • 88500–88599 (PO boxes)
Area codes915
FIPS code48-24000
GNIS feature ID1380946[6]
Primary airportEl Paso International Airport (ELP)
(major/international)
Secondary airportBiggs Army Airfield (KBIF)
(military)
InterstatesI-10 (TX).svg I-110 (TX).svg
U.S. RoutesUS 54.svg US 62.svg US 85.svg US 180.svg
Websitewww.elpasotexas.gov

El Paso is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the county seat (the city where the county is governed) of El Paso County. It is in the far southwestern part of the U.S. state of Texas, along Interstate 10. The name comes from "El Paso de Norte", meaning The Passageway to the North.

The large majority of the city's inhabitants are Hispanic. The 2020 population from the U.S. Census Bureau was 678,815, making it the 23rd-largest city in the United States, the sixth-largest city in Texas, and the second-largest city in the Southwestern United States behind Phoenix, Arizona. The city is also the second-largest majority-Hispanic city in the United States, with 81% of its population being Hispanic.[7]

El Paso won the All-America City Award five times: 1969, 2010, 2018, 2020, and 2021.

The city has a desert climate and is home to the University of Texas at El Paso.

On August 3, 2019, 22 people were killed in a mass shooting.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Visit El Paso, Texas". El Paso Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  2. "El Chuco tells of El Paso pachuco history – Ramon Renteria". El Paso Times. June 30, 2013. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  3. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  4. "QuickFacts: El Paso city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  5. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  6. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. "P2: HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE". 2020 Census. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 16, 2021. Retrieved 10 October 2021.