Central El Paso is home to both the city’s economic center and its oldest neighborhoods. The Sunset Heights district in particular is home to a number of historic sites and landmarks, and homes can be found in a variety of architectural styles including American Foursquare, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, and Classical Revival.
The West Side district is the greenest part of the city, thanks to its proximity to the Rio Grande River –homes here tend to have the highest median sale price in the city. West Central El Paso, where many residents built their own homes in the 1920s, has some of the most unique styles in the city. Particularly well known is the Paul Luckett Home, which was made of local rock and is nicknamed “The Castle”.
The tallest building in the city, the 296-foot Wells Fargo Plaza, is known for its 13 white horizontal lights that change color for special events or times of national mourning. Other historic and memorable buildings include the Plaza Hotel and O.T. Bassett Tower, both built in 1930, and One Texas Tower.
Single-family homes make up by far the biggest piece of the local housing market - there are 180,946 single-family homes in El Paso. Added to that are 7,704 multi-family homes, 2,671 townhomes, and 1,573 other types of residential properties.
Almost 10,000 commercial properties are located in El Paso, along with 418 industrial buildings, 1,477 buildings zoned for mixed use, and more than 18,000 vacant lots.
El Paso International Airport receives almost 3,000,000 passengers every year. Amtrak operates 3 weekly routes to L.A. and Chicago. The primary thoroughfare through the city is I-10, though there are several other interstates including US 54, US 62, and US 85. Local public transportation is overseen by the Sun Metro Mass Transit System, which operates buses throughout the city. And of course there is also the international border crossing to Mexico.
There are four public school districts within El Paso, along with a number of accredited private prep schools, including religiously affiliated schools and Montessori schools. The largest public university in the region, the University of Texas at El Paso is ranked as in one of the best colleges in the country, offering 71 undergraduate degrees, 76 master’s degrees and 20 doctoral degrees.
As the medical hub of West Texas, El Paso has a number of highly ranked medical centers, including William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Las Palmas Medical Center, Sierra Medical Center, and Del Sol Medical Center. University Medical Center is the area’s level 1 trauma center.
2015 FBI data shows there were 2,515 reported violent crimes for the 686,077 citizens of El Paso. The city has also been ranked the safest big city in the country for 4 years in a row and has maintained a spot in the top three since 1997.
There are dozens of yearly festivals in El Paso, including the Amigo Airshow, considered one of the top ten air shows in the U.S., the KLAQ Great River Raft Race and the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo. Fiesta de Las Flores is the longest running Hispanic festival in the entire Southwest.
Music fans have a bevy of options as well, including the El Paso Downtown Street Festival, Neon Desert Music Festival, and Music Under the Stars. Area museums include the El Paso Museum of Art, Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center, and the Magofffin Homestead, built in 1875. Outdoor enthusiasts may be found at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, taking in the over 625 different plant species housed here, or at Feather Lake, a 40-acre wetland area.
The El Paso Municipal Rose Gardens are home to almost 2,000 rosebushes, while the Keystone Heritage Park showcases a 4,500-year-old site where visitors can tour one of the oldest villages in the country.