El Paso County is a highly livable community that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. In 2021, the City of El Paso was ranked the third safest large city in America by AdvisorSmith, which examined crime and safety in 3,107 cities. El Paso’s active arts and culture community feature the state’s longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, history museums, and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events.
El Paso's cost of living, as well as its housing prices, are below the national average. In 2022, El Paso’s cost of living index was 15.8 percent lower than the U.S. average according to a study by salary.com. Particularly due to recruitment and deployment from the Fort Bliss military base, El Paso attracts inbound migration from all over the United States. El Paso’s central district is a hub for jobs and commuters, with almost half of the employees in Central El Paso commuting in from outside districts.
Source: Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database
Source: Census’s American Community Survey (ACS) API and Lightcast’s ACS Community Survey API
Source: Lightcast analysis of IRS data.
Source: The regions in this chart are based on the City’s planning districts. See Data Notes for a summary of zip codes within each district.
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