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The Greater El Paso region possesses a unique blend of culture, entertainment and outdoor recreation with enviable weather, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, mild winter days with averages of 50 degrees, and infrastructure that permits an average commute time of 21 minutes.

Arts and Culture

El Paso Arts & CultureThe area is enriched by the contributions of many cultures and offers a variety of museums, theater performances and musical performances. The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center is listed as a “Place of National Historic Significance” on the National Historic Register. The restored Plaza Theater is a state-of-the-art, multiuse performance hall, with two theaters and four meeting spaces available for public use.

The El Paso Museum of Art is one of a handful of institutions in the United States that has a permanent display of the Kress Collection. The El Paso Symphony is the state’s oldest operating orchestra group.

Outdoor Adventure

El Paso Outdoor AdventureOur outdoor recreation is world famous. A quick two-hour jaunt will land you in the scenic Lincoln National Forest, Gila Wilderness or Hueco Tanks State Park — the perfect locales for hiking, camping, fishing and rock climbing.

Enjoy fishing at various lakes and rivers in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, or tackle your favorite water sport at Elephant Butte Lake. Come winter, escape to Ski Apache in Southern New Mexico to ski a 12,000-foot peak with more than 7,000 acres of skiing terrain. Ski Apache features 55 trails served by 11 lifts, including New Mexico’s only gondola.

Numerous public and private golf courses in the region offer a variety of venues, from traditional layouts to mountain courses or desert links.

Education

University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)El Paso offers residents a choice of nine school districts, providing a wide range of educational offerings. El Paso voters have also recently approved $645 million in bonds to build new schools and renovate many existing campuses throughout the city. The El Paso community offers top-notch private schools (K–12) with various secular or religious affiliations. Since 1985, public and private schools in El Paso County have been honored with the National Blue Ribbon School award.

Affordable Homes

The region’s median home cost is lower than those of Texas and national medians. The median housing cost in the Greater El Paso region was $129,700 in 2011, lower than the median housing cost in the U.S. ($221,800 - 2010).

Sports

Golf in El Paso, TXSpectator sports include minor-league baseball (El Paso Diablos), professional soccer (El Paso Patriots), and NCAA Division I football, basketball, volleyball, track and field, golf and more at The University of Texas at El Paso (Conference USA) and New Mexico State University (WAC). El Paso is home to the Sun Bowl Classic — America's second-oldest postseason collegiate bowl game.

El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau — visitelpaso.com

 

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Cost of Living

The ACCRA Cost of Living Index provides a useful and reasonably accurate measure of living-cost differences among urban areas. Items on which the index is based have been carefully chosen to reflect the different categories of consumer expenditures. Weights assigned to relative costs are based on government survey data on expenditure patterns for professional and executive households. According to the ACCRA, El Paso's cost of living for the 3rd Quarter of 2012 was 94.6 , thats 5.4% below the national average. Texas residents do not pay a personal income tax.

All items are priced in each urban area at a specified time and according to standardized specifications; the index does not measure inflation (price change over time). Also note that the index reflects cost differentials for professional and executive households in the top-income quintile.

When interpreting the data, note that the index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services. The average for all participating urban areas equals 100 (where each urban area’s index is measured as a percentage of the U.S. average). Please see the table below for details.

 

Cost of Living in Various Metro Areas,  3rd Quarter 2013

Urban Area

All Items (%)

Food

(%)

Housing (%)

Utilities (%)

Transportation (%)

Health

(%)

Misc. Goods & Services (%)

U.S. Average

100

13.36

28.64

10.46

10.66

4.44

32.44

Albuquerque, NM

94.3

90.9

82.5

90.1

102.6

96.7

103.5

Austin, TX

92.5

84.8

88.1

83.8

97.3

93.4

100.1

Chicago, IL

117.4

100.6

141.8

100.2

122.0

103.5

109.8

Colorado Springs, CO

96.3

94.7

94.2

101.0

95.6

102.4

96.7

Dallas, TX

95.7

90.3

73.7

103.0

103.5

103.2

110.1

Denver, CO

104.0

94.5

118.0

101.7

93.2

98.7

102.0

Detroit, MI

96.1

86.1

95.1

104.2

103.8

103.3

94.8

El Paso, TX

90.8

90.5

84.2

87.0

96.1

91.3

95.8

Houston, TX

99.0

78.7

109.4

106.5

93.4

94.2

99.1

Huntsville, AL

96.8

91.7

81.5

103.7

102.0

99.3

107.3

Las Cruces, NM

97.2

99.9

97.7

87.8

93.8

94.0

100.3

Los Angeles / Long Beach, CA

131.0

104.2

196.3

109.5

112.8

109.4

104.5

Minneapolis, MN

110.3

114.0

117.9

96.7

106.5

97.5

110.1

New York (Manhattan), NY

221.3

132.0

448.3

139.7

123.1

103.9

148.8

Phoenix, AZ

97.3

93.5

98.4

101.1

96.2

96.9

97.2

San Antonio, TX

87.6

81.8

77.0

78.9

91.0

92.7

99.7

San Diego, CA

129.2

103.4

194.9

96.9

113.7

107.6

104.3

Tucson, AZ

96.4

88.2

84.0

91.5

97.1

112.2

109.2

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index: 3Qtr 2013 C2ER.org.
Updated: January 2014.

 

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Crime Rate

El Paso ranked Safest U.S. city  (among cities with population 500,000+) December 2011. 

El Paso once again has the lowest crime rate ranking among U.S. cities with populations over 500,000. Since 1997, our city has ranked among the top three safest cities. The crime rate rankings of the cities and metropolitan areas are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in the categories noted for calendar year 2011.  Also El Paso was ranked as the eighth-safest metro in the U.S., according to Farmers Insurance Group’s fifth annual Most Secure U.S. Places to Live, 2009 publication.

The City of El Paso Police Department is a dynamic and innovative entity currently composed of more than 1,100 officers and nearly 300 civilian employees who serve with pride and dedication. The department’s efforts are supported by a large contingent of community volunteers who donate their time to perform a variety of essential and valuable duties. 

The table below presents a comparison of El Paso's Violent and Property Crime Rates against other cities.

 

Crime Rate per 100,000 population for Various Cities in the U.S.

2011 UCR Report

City

Population

Violent Crime Rate

Property Crime Rate

Albuquerque, NM

553,684

4,151

29,718

Austin, TX

832,901

3,405

43,472

Colorado Springs, CO

432,287

1,968

17,899

Dallas, TX

1,241,549

8,380

54,300

Denver, CO

628,545

3,871

23,343

Detroit, MI

707,096

3,871

40,956

El Paso, TX

675,536

3,871

16,411

Houston, TX

2,177,273

21,610

107,678

Huntsville, AL

183,691

1,696

9,261

Long Beach, CA

469,893

2,705

14,131

New York, NY

8,289,415

52,993

142,760

Phoenix, AZ

1,485,509

9,458

60,777

San Diego, CA

1,338,477

5,529

31,700

Tucson, AZ

531,535

3,851

N/A

Source: Crime in the United States, Annual Uniform Crime Report (2012). FBI.com.
Updated: January 2014.

 

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Healthcare

Greater El Paso Area Hospitals, 2009

 

 

El Paso Facilities

Class

Staffed Beds

Del Sol Medical Center

AC

314

El Paso Children's Hospital

AC

112

Foundation Surgical Hospital of El Paso AC 40
El Paso LTAC Hospital LTAC 33
El Paso Psychiatric Center P 74
El Paso Specialty Hospital AC 31
Highlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital R 41
Las Palmas Medical Center AC 599
Las Palmas Rehabilitation Hospital R 40
Mesa Hills Specialty Hospital LTAC/SN 214
Providence Memorial Hospital* AC 508
Sierra Medical Center AC 351
Sierra Providence East Medical Center AC 110

Triumph Hospital El Paso

LTAC

62

University Behavioral Health of El Paso P 163

University Medical Center of El Paso

AC

247

William Beaumont Army Medical Center

AC

209

 

 

 

Las Cruces Facilities

Class

Staffed

Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico LTAC 20

Memorial Medical Center

AC

298

Mesilla Valley Hospital

P

120

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

AC

142

Peak Psychiatric Hospital (Santa Teresa, N.M.)

P

144

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico

R

40


Classes: AC — Acute Care; LTAC — Long Term Acute Care; P — Psychiatric; R — Rehabilitation; SN — Specialty Nursing.

Source:  American Hospital Directory 2013.

Updated: January 2014.

 

Sierra Providence Health Network

Sierra Providence Health Network brings together advanced technology and services in caring for you and your family, which has earned the network two consecutive National Consumer Choice Awards. The system is comprised of five hospitals, which include ...

  • 508-bed Providence Memorial Hospital
  • 106-bed Children’s Hospital at Providence
  • 351-bed Sierra Medical Center
  • 48-bed Sierra Providence Physical Rehabilitation Hospital
  • 110-bed Sierra Providence Eastside Hospital

Sierra Medical Center recently received recognition from HealthGrades as having a general-surgery program that rates in the top 5 percent nationally. Sierra Providence Physical Rehabilitation Hospital is equipped to handle brain injuries and other serious disorders and is the only hospital in El Paso that holds nine CARF accreditations.

The network also provides advanced healthcare services to outlying communities of West Texas and Southern New Mexico, and to our international neighbors in Northern México. Sierra Providence Health Network is the only provider of gamma-knife and major transplant services in the area and was the first to bring services such as neonatal intensive-care services and open-heart services to El Paso.

Del Sol Medical Center

Del Sol Medical Center, a 314-bed acute-care facility, is the only full-service hospital in East El Paso. The hospital specializes in ...

  • Emergency medicine
  • Cardiovascular care
  • Oncology
  • Neuroscience
  • Maternal/child services
  • Women’s services
  • Rehabilitation

Del Sol has a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center in its emergency department that provides immediate evaluation and treatment options for patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. It was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of only 10 hospitals nationwide to participate in Expecting Success: Excellence in Cardiac Care, a program aimed at reducing racial and ethnic gaps in the delivery of cardiac care. Del Sol provides a dozen specialized treatment centers — also in East El Paso — that provide services for ...

  • Weight-loss surgery
  • Wound management
  • Diabetes management
  • Radiation oncology
  • Diagnostics
  • Heart-failure management
  • Sleep disorders
  • Teen pregnancy

Serving El Paso since 1974, Del Sol Medical Center is part of HCA, the nation’s largest hospital system. It continues to offer quality care, acquire new technology, expand services, obtain all accreditations possible, and meet the growing needs of the community.

University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC)

University Medical Center of El Paso is the region’s only not-for-profit, community-owned hospital and health system, and a regional referral center for patients in need of specialty care. Licensed by the state of Texas and accredited by the Joint Commission, University Medical Center of El Paso is a three-time designee as one of America’s Top 100 hospitals.

The 327-bed acute-care teaching facility is affiliated with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the new Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. It provides a wide range of state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient services, many of which are unavailable elsewhere in the region. For example, UMC is the only hospital in the region to meet the stringent requirements established by the state of Texas and the American College of Surgeons for Level I Trauma Centers.

As such, it is home to the only Level I Trauma Center within 280 miles of El Paso and is the designated hospital where the president, vice president and/or former presidents of the United States will be treated should they require medical attention while traveling in the region. UMC is a regional referral center in the fields of obstetrics, neonatology and pediatric intensive care. UMC is the only hospital in the region with round-the-clock coverage — its fellowship-trained board-certified physician specialists are in-house 24/7. UMC will soon be home to the region’s first-ever, separately licensed children’s hospital, scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.

Las Palmas Medical Center

Las Palmas Medical Center, an HCA facility located on the West Side of El Paso, employs 905 individuals who work every day to provide patient care to the El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Southern New Mexico regions. Las Palmas Medical Center offers a full circle of care, starting with the Las Palmas LifeCare Center, a wellness facility that is medically based as well as an outpatient rehabilitation center; Las Palmas Medical Center, an acute-care hospital that is licensed for 599 beds; and the Las Palmas Rehabilitation Hospital, licensed for 40 beds. Las Palmas Medical Center offers a full range of services, to include ...

  • Surgery
  • Women’s and children’s services
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular services
  • Oncology (both radiation and infusion)

Customer-service scores within the Las Palmas Medical Center Emergency Room rank in the top 10 percentile of all HCA facilities nationwide. Las Palmas and its sister hospital, Del Sol Medical Center, have the only accredited Chest Pain Center programs in the region. The Intensive Care Unit at Las Palmas Medical Center is staffed with accredited intensive-care nurses. Las Palmas Medical Center houses a Pediatric Transport Team of highly trained individuals who transport critically ill children to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which is supervised by a fellowship-trained pediatrician who specializes in critical care.

Memorial Medical Center (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

Memorial Medical Center is a JCAHO-accredited acute-care facility offering comprehensive care, including the latest in diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Memorial Heart Center provides heart and vascular care, Memorial Ikard Cancer Treatment Center provides cancer treatment, and Fast Track offers quick, nonemergency care through the emergency department. Home care is available through Memorial Home Health, and the Family Medicine Clinic offers care for the whole family. Employees work closely with 320 credentialed providers to support a full range of medical specialties.

William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC)

William Beaumont Army Medical Center is a Department of Defense medical facility located in El Paso, Texas. It provides comprehensive care to all beneficiaries, including ...

  • Active-duty military
  • Dependants
  • Retirees

Serving as a major teaching hospital and as a regional trauma center during peace and war, WBAMC provides comprehensive, cost-effective and customer-focused healthcare as part of a fully integrated health system for the Greater Fort Bliss community beneficiaries while enabling combat-ready soldiers.

The medical center performs, on average, 4,000 laboratory procedures, and fills more than 3,000 pharmacy requests daily. WBAMC is a Level II Trauma Center and is one of only two trauma centers in El Paso County. Between 15 and 25 percent of trauma cases in the area are treated here. Sixty percent of the trauma cases treated are military, and 40 percent of those are family members of active-duty military.

El Paso Specialty Hospital

With the newest and most sophisticated technologies and equipment, this 31-bed facility offers both outpatient and inpatient services in spacious surgery suites. Its team of physicians is made up of a diverse group of highly skilled, highly trained physicians specializing in all aspects of orthopedic, neurosurgical, pain-management and rehabilitative care.

By incorporating the concept that being focused in one specialty creates higher degrees of expertise, this hospital is ranked top 5 percent in the nation, and for two consecutive years has been rated the best hospital in El Paso for total joint replacements and back surgery. It has also received the prestigious President’s Award, Best in the Nation and the Award of Excellence.

The Children’s Hospital at Providence

Offering advanced technologies in a colorful, kid-friendly atmosphere, the Children’s Hospital at Providence continues to further its commitment to improve the scope of pediatric care in El Paso. Experienced pediatric medical professionals, from respiratory therapists to nutritionists and child-life specialists, work hand-in-hand with El Paso’s doctors in an integrated approach mindful of the unique circumstances children face while in the hospital.

 

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