Population

The greater El Paso Region is positioned in southwestern Texas and South-Central New Mexico on the U.S./Mexican border. The region is a blend of urban, suburban, rural, and undeveloped sectors, encompassing an estimated population of 2.5 million. El Paso is the largest metro area on the U.S./Mexican border and the region constitutes the largest bi-national metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere with 80.3% of its population being Hispanic. This geographic location makes the El Paso area unique. It is the nation’s only bilingual and bicultural metropolitan area where fluency in English and Spanish is needed in many customer service and management occupations and desired in others.

The picture below depicts the North American Borderplex population of over 2.5 million. Over 1.1 million of these people reside on the US side of the border in El Paso, Dona Ana, and Otero Counties.

El Paso, Texas, is the 19th-largest city in the U.S. with a city population of 672,538. 
 

Population Growth by Age in El Paso County

 

2000 Census

2011

% Change

 

 

 

2000−2011

0 to 14 years

181,350

215,899

+19.1%

15 to 19 years

58,609

67,199

+14.7%

20 to 24 years

49,503

63,953

+29.2%

25 to 34 years

98,208

110,921

+12.9%

35 to 44 years

100,790

106,925

+6.1%

45 to 54 years

76,876

103,006

+34.0%

55 to 64 years

48,213

75,378

+56.3%

65 to 74 years

38,983

46,527

+19.4%

75 to 84 years

20,905

31,539

+50.9%

85+

6,185

11,635

+88.1%

NOTE: Population projections do not take into account growth at Fort Bliss.

Source: SitesonTexas, Demographic Detail Report El Paso MSA, 2011 Estimates (Information Retrieved April 2012)

Updated: May 2012

Growth Projections

The recent, anticipated growth within the North American Borderplex offers opportunities for both retail and real estate development. This section of The Borderplex Alliance website was designed with retailers and developers in mind.

El Paso Population Growth Projections 2000-2040

Between 2000 and 2040, the population of El Paso County is projected to grow by 69.7 percent. This projected growth exceeds the nation’s rate of growth and is parallel with that of Texas. Based on U.S. Census Bureau population estimates and projections, El Paso is ranked the 18th city with the largest population increase from July 2007 to July 2008. These projections do not take into account the significant growth taking place at Fort Bliss.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2008 Estimates of Total Housing Units by State and County, census.gov.

Updated: December 2010.

*2009 projections will be produced after collection of 2010 state census data.

 

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