Livability Score

81
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities B

There are some amenities close to this location.
Coffee (30) F
Entertainment (54) A+
Food and Drink (249) F
Fitness (17) C-
Groceries (51) F
Parks (424) A+
Shops (305) A-
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 1.5% take public transportation in El Paso.
Public Transit Stops (241)
Stops & Stations
A+
Workers Taking Public Transit
1.5%
F
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in El Paso is 89/100 - which is 3% lower than Texas.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
A-
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
A+
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crime B-

El Paso crime rates are 1,692 per 100k, which is 38% lower than Texas
Property Crime
1,379 crimes per 100k
B
Violent Crime
313 crimes per 100k
C+
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employment D+

The median income in El Paso is $48,866 - which is 11% lower than Texas.
Med. Household Income
$48,866
F
Unemployment Rate
3.8%
C-
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health B-

There are some hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (85)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
F
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housing A+

El Paso home prices are $132,800 - which is 7% lower than Texas
Home Price
$132,800
D-
Home Appreciation Rate
10%
B+
Home Affordability
2.7x (home price to income ratio)
A
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schools B-

The El Paso graduation rate is 73% - which is 6% lower than Texas
School Test Scores
50%
F
High School Grad. Rates
73%
D-
Elementary Schools (239) A
High Schools (67) A+
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ratings C

El Paso has an overall rating of 64% from 48 reviews.
User Reviews (9)
From AreaVibes
D+
User Surveys (39)
From AreaVibes
A-
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Love that garbage 1 rating By Anonymous ( Mar 31, 2022) If you like tons of mexican food, then this may be the only positive attribute about this place. I have lived in several parts of town (east of the mountains) and every one of them has been terrible. Not many folks can afford live on the west side, unless you already have large a ...Read More mounts of money available to you. Access to housing has also been difficult, with more demand than supply. Be VERY wary of the "renovated" houses on the market as well - cheap labor, unskilled handymen, and even some uncaring inspectors seem to have no idea about US building codes.
If that isn't enough, the property taxes here are ludacris - for a regular house, plan on about 4-5k a year, even in crappiest of neighborhoods. They all also just increased dramatically because of the housing boom in 2021. On the west side, these taxes creep up to the tens of thousands of dollars. Also, not sure where they are using these tax dollars, as potholes get to the size of small craters before they are fixed and city buildings always seem to be in a state of decay.
If the taxes and lack of infrastructure upkeep don't deter you, lets talk about the noise. Border patrol and military helicopters flying at all times of night and day, bombing ranges surrounding the city, airports (military and commercial), louda$$ vehicles, highways near every neighborhood, loud people who love to play their music to no one outside at full volume - you name it, El Paso has it. If that isn't bad enough, there are no trees here to absorb the sound, so sounds travel far and wide.
Next, lets talk about the weather. No humidity is good, as long as you have buckets of lotion and moisturizer on hand. If you like bloody noses, that's another perk. The wind here is insane. When it rushes down the mountain, it destroys roofs and awnings and anything in its way. The dust it kicks up is great too, if you see cancer in your future and like sandblasting your vehicle on a normal basis. You will also see trash all over the city because garbage cans go flying on trash day. The sunshine is nice, but seasons, other than summer, are pretty short. Also, don't count on rain for gardens. Only cacti grow well here, and even those sit out most of the year in their dormant state. If brown is your favorite color, you will love it here. When it does rain, the entire city floods and rivers of rocks & water flow down the mountain - really! See youtube for videos of the floods and people getting swept away in their vehicles.
Speaking of people in vehicles - this place has some of the worst drivers I have ever encountered. Pretty sure most of the drivers coming across the border can't or don't read the signs. If you do drive here, assume everyone is trying to kill you and you might make it out ok. For those bike or motorcycle commuters, you may want to sit this one out. You must get on highways to get anywhere and no one checks their blind spots. Also, the idea of merging seems to stump most people here and lanes end without warning or signage. Way to go city planners! Traffic lights are all timed, so plan on sitting a while despite traffic flow, and at least 5 people will run the light, guaranteed.
The people...well, friendly is never a term to be used here. Customer service in any store is pretty crap. There are exceptions, but they are the minority. Also, having the border here, there always seems to be this "tension" in the air. As mentioned before, courtesy is non-existent here while driving, so it is a bowl of fun to try to change lanes for an exit and no one lets you in.
Recreational activities are few and far between unless you like hiking through sharp objects, in terrible winds, and brutal sun with no shade. There is one nice state park - Hueco tanks, but all other recreational areas are a good 2-3 hr drive.
Overall, we should just give this place back to Mexico. I don't think many would miss it and you'd be doing the majority of the residents a favor. Read Less
Read this before moving in this area. 0.5 rating By Anonymous ( Sep 28, 2019) Do not live on Turf Rd for any reason. Its loaded heavily with drug addicts, unemployed troublemakers and alcoholics..shady landlords. The sheriff has been called out numerous times but they do not do much. One landlord in particular gives free rent in exchange for favors done a ...Read More round the area. Not fair to those who do pay rent. Too much fighting. Crazy people running around at night yelling like demons. Theft and other crimes around the area too. Trailers are falling apart, no good maintenance, and people stealing electricity from neighbors, people stealing cable, and conning the landlords. Causing chaos and trouble, doing drugs in empty trailers..violence and pure evil at Turf Rd.. Read Less
Sad little place 1 rating By Anonymous ( Jul 04, 2018) I'll start with the pros. El Paso is very affordable, safe, and laid-back, and enjoys sunny weather almost year-round. The cons: boring, homogenous, very low wages, stagnant. After almost three years of living here, I have yet to experience any of the so-called "diversity" El Pas ...Read More oans pride themselves on. At over 80% Hispanic, it kind of feels like living in Mexico. That's not how I define "diverse." And as far as economy goes, no growth to speak of. Downtown is dead. Wages are about 15 years behind the times. Not recommended unless you're a retiree looking to chill at home every day.Sorry, El Paso. Just doling out some honesty. Read Less
Updated Overview of EP 5 rating By ablebeets1985 ( Nov 27, 2017) I've lived in El Paso now for over 5.5 years, moved here from MA, first year I'm not gonna lie it takes getting used to, if you're an outsider moving here from another part of the country, I'd recommend doing further research perhaps you’re in the Military, stationed at Fort Bl ...Read More iss, better to be living close to base, on the other hand if you would rather live further away from base in the more affluent part of town where crime is very low, live on the west side of EP...Sunland Park Area, the west side is pretty nice, it keeps growing a lot of business and construction keeps developing in EP. Also, if you decide to live in the Northeast of El Paso, I would not recommend living in “The Devils Triangle” …the triangle is US 54-Dyer St.- & Hondo Pass (It’s a high crime area stay out of that zone, for more accurate crime stats NeighborhoodScout.com is a good point of reference). This is my perspective living on the west side and just my take, the west side is a lot safer, I know some people assume that have never lived here think of EP/Jaurez as how it was portrayed in Sicario, nothing like that at all, made me laugh, EP is actually one of the safest cities in the country. Now major routes to know say if your job is on the east side and you live on the west, obviously I-10, but also North Mesa St., Montana. Traffic on I-10 gets pretty swamped after 330pm if your heading towards the west side sunland park exit, seems to be always construction going on, also the drivers out here are AWFUL!!! just a heads up. Say your job is at Fort Bliss for example and you live on the west side, and traffic is absolutely terrible, and you want to avoid bumper to bumper traffic memorize Montana Ave... take that all the way to North Mesa, and North Mesa will be an alternate route to the west side, or just take I-10 to North Mesa exit, can come in handy some days. The night life on the Westside, some cool bars I 'd recommend are all on North Mesa and fairly close to UTEP if you’re a college student, or Professor looking to pick up good looking women... I will say the women in EP are beautiful, Idk if there is something in the water but the women out here are smoke show hot. Bars I recommend Hope&Anchor, Hoppy Monk, Rubriks(Bar with old school Arcade games its actually pretty cool) Erins Bar(It’s a dive bar has karaoke) Mini Bar/Loft Bar, Rockin Cigar Bar,(in UTEP area) Grahams,(Dive Bar but chill spot). Other spots on the westside are on another major street Doniphan, I recommend Acetuinas(Chill spot, outside patio bar, and can bring your dog on certain days) Country Dance Bar called Little Bit of Texas (Always gorgeous women their). El Paso is a pretty cool city there is a lot to do, you just have to get passed the culture shock, people are friendly out here, it’s just how the South and the Southwest is. Hope this helps...oh one more thing the cost of living is very reasonable, a lot cheaper than where I'm from in Massachusetts, where they tax you for everything practically. That's my take hope it helps. Read Less
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Sad little place 1 rating By Anonymous ( Jul 04, 2018) I'll start with the pros. El Paso is very affordable, safe, and laid-back, and enjoys sunny weather almost year-round. The cons: boring, homogenous, very low wages, stagnant. After almost three years of living here, I have yet to experience any of the so-called "diversity" El Pas ...Read More oans pride themselves on. At over 80% Hispanic, it kind of feels like living in Mexico. That's not how I define "diverse." And as far as economy goes, no growth to speak of. Downtown is dead. Wages are about 15 years behind the times. Not recommended unless you're a retiree looking to chill at home every day.Sorry, El Paso. Just doling out some honesty. Read Less
Updated Overview of EP 5 rating By ablebeets1985 ( Nov 27, 2017) I've lived in El Paso now for over 5.5 years, moved here from MA, first year I'm not gonna lie it takes getting used to, if you're an outsider moving here from another part of the country, I'd recommend doing further research perhaps you’re in the Military, stationed at Fort Bl ...Read More iss, better to be living close to base, on the other hand if you would rather live further away from base in the more affluent part of town where crime is very low, live on the west side of EP...Sunland Park Area, the west side is pretty nice, it keeps growing a lot of business and construction keeps developing in EP. Also, if you decide to live in the Northeast of El Paso, I would not recommend living in “The Devils Triangle” …the triangle is US 54-Dyer St.- & Hondo Pass (It’s a high crime area stay out of that zone, for more accurate crime stats NeighborhoodScout.com is a good point of reference). This is my perspective living on the west side and just my take, the west side is a lot safer, I know some people assume that have never lived here think of EP/Jaurez as how it was portrayed in Sicario, nothing like that at all, made me laugh, EP is actually one of the safest cities in the country. Now major routes to know say if your job is on the east side and you live on the west, obviously I-10, but also North Mesa St., Montana. Traffic on I-10 gets pretty swamped after 330pm if your heading towards the west side sunland park exit, seems to be always construction going on, also the drivers out here are AWFUL!!! just a heads up. Say your job is at Fort Bliss for example and you live on the west side, and traffic is absolutely terrible, and you want to avoid bumper to bumper traffic memorize Montana Ave... take that all the way to North Mesa, and North Mesa will be an alternate route to the west side, or just take I-10 to North Mesa exit, can come in handy some days. The night life on the Westside, some cool bars I 'd recommend are all on North Mesa and fairly close to UTEP if you’re a college student, or Professor looking to pick up good looking women... I will say the women in EP are beautiful, Idk if there is something in the water but the women out here are smoke show hot. Bars I recommend Hope&Anchor, Hoppy Monk, Rubriks(Bar with old school Arcade games its actually pretty cool) Erins Bar(It’s a dive bar has karaoke) Mini Bar/Loft Bar, Rockin Cigar Bar,(in UTEP area) Grahams,(Dive Bar but chill spot). Other spots on the westside are on another major street Doniphan, I recommend Acetuinas(Chill spot, outside patio bar, and can bring your dog on certain days) Country Dance Bar called Little Bit of Texas (Always gorgeous women their). El Paso is a pretty cool city there is a lot to do, you just have to get passed the culture shock, people are friendly out here, it’s just how the South and the Southwest is. Hope this helps...oh one more thing the cost of living is very reasonable, a lot cheaper than where I'm from in Massachusetts, where they tax you for everything practically. That's my take hope it helps. Read Less
A good real estate portal 5 rating By Caroline ( Sep 13, 2016) Hello friends! El Paso nice and modern city for a comfortable stay. If you are planning to move to El Paso, visit ElPasoZW portal. Quick and easy to sell, buy, rent your property. ...Read More Read Less
El Paso living has consequences 1 rating By John doe ( Jun 20, 2016) mid 20s been living here my whole life as a traditional el pasoan from the upper west side I grew up here and breath El Paso everyday! I know every square inch of this desert installation is what we will call it.I have also lived in the best areas of San Antonio and just now movi ...Read More ng to Austin (spent time there)so I'm a pretty accurate individual to compare cities and criticize El paso and I'm happy to do so with great frustration! The city is a joke simply put the night life is getting cheaper as the time goes by with little revamp they closed Mesa by Utep to place a Walgreens and downtown with over 6 years of construction overhaul I see little improvement other then a baseball stadium and small square of benches and trees(sad I know). I will add the stadium is TOPNOTCH and a jem but still justifies no entertainment for the long running el pasoan and will not be the corner stone of downtown vibrancy.so what are we lift with you may ask? A few clubs that are having some problems that is it that is all and that is the solution we have from a city with some of the most historical significant and beautiful downtown architecture Austin could not even match let me add city council and the corrupt politicians have left no stone unturned to stripe this city.I will recommend to stay away from the east side unless you are experienced with boredom as you get down to the valley and farther people are sweet but standards lower as well as pay grade.The housing development is steady on the east side but lease impressive not much commercial.Its all about the west side it has class and semi sofistication with several outlet shops with new and bigger development specially the 20 million dollar condo complex with shops and restaurants and the most recent montecillo district.Economy in El Paso is 0! the GDP is cracked Nothing COLLAPSED if you are offered a job here that's the only reason you are here because you would not be here looking for one.This city is hanging on by a stadium and a couple of tacos. Read Less
Overview of EP 4 rating By ablebeets1985 ( May 24, 2016) I've lived in El Paso now for over 4.5 years, moved here from MA, first year I'm not gonna lie it takes getting use to, if you're an outsider moving here from another part of the country, I'd recommend doing further research perhaps your in the Military, stationed at Fort Bliss, ...Read More better to be living close to base, on the other hand if you would rather live further away from base in the more affluent part of town where crime is very low, live on the west side of EP...Sunland Park Area, the west side is pretty nice, it keeps growing a lot of business and construction keeps developing in EP. This is my perspective living on the west side and just my take, the west side is a lot safer, I know some people assume that have never lived here think of EP/Jaurez as how it was portrayed in Sicario, nothing like that at all, made me laugh, EP is actually one of the safest cities in the country. Now major routes to know say if your job is on the east side and you live on the west, obviously I-10, but also North Mesa St., Montana. Traffic on I-10 gets pretty swamped after 330pm if your heading towards the west side sunland park exit, seems to be always construction going on, also the drivers out here are AWFUL!!! just a heads up. Say your job is at Fort Bliss for example and you live on the west side, and traffic is absolutely terrible and you want to avoid 2 hours of bumper to bumper traffic memorize Montana Ave...take that all the way to North Mesa, and North Mesa will be an alternate route to the west side, or just take I-10 to North Mesa exit, can come in handy some days. The night life on the Westside, some cool bars I 'd recommend are all on North Mesa and fairly close to UTEP if your a college student, or Professor looking to pick up good looking women... I will say the women in EP are beautiful, Idk if there is something in the water but the women out here are smoke show hot. Bars I recommend Hope&Anchor, Hoppy Monk, Rubriks(Bar with old school Arcade games its actually pretty cool) Erins Bar(Its a dive bar has karaoke) Mini Bar/Loft Bar,(in UTEP area) Grahams,(Dive Bar but chill spot). Other spots on the westside are on another major street Doniphan, I recommend Acetuinas(Chill spot, outside patio bar, and can bring your dog on certain days) Country Dance Bar called Little Bit of Texas (Always gorgeous women their). El Paso is a pretty cool city there is a lot to do, you just have to get passed the culture shock, people are friendly out here, its just how the South and the Southwest. Hope this helps...oh one more thing the cost of living is very reasonable, a lot cheaper than where I'm from in Massachusetts, where they tax you for everything practically. That's my take hope it helps. Read Less
El Paso is a great place for the entire family 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Nov 24, 2011) I have traveled to El Paso, Texas on many occasions. Usually when I have traveled to this fair, friendly and safe city I bring along my wife and two children. Usually I am wary when travelling with the entire family, due to many locations not having amenities and attractions for ...Read More the entire family. Fortunately, the city of El Paso has many attractions and sights to keep the entire family entertained and enthralled. This brief article will detail what the average individual and their family can expect to find while visiting El Paso.

One of the first things I and my family notice when we visit El Paso is that it is Hot. Individuals who are not used to warm environments may want to take this into consideration. Once an individual gets beyond the heat there are many things they can do for fun. My family and I usually try to begin our visit by visiting one of the local sports teams. El Paso boasts of many minor league level sports teams. Since we are baseball fans we try to catch a local Diablo's games whenever they are in town. Usually after watching a sporting event I and my family will travel across town to do some shopping. The public transportation system is adequate and not overly priced. An individual can easily get around the city using public transportation.

Whenever my family has a desire for a taste of culture El Paso delivers mightily. The local theater groups perform many wonderful and family friendly plays. There are also many local Museums for anyone interested in local and national history. I recommend the El Paso Museum of Archeology heartily for anyone who has an interest in history. After enjoying some culture, we usually will seek out some fine Mexican dining. Since El Paso is located near to the Mexico border there are many authentic Mexican restaurants to be found. The prices are reasonable and the food is great. In conclusion I recommend El Paso to anyone who desires to enjoy a unique experience of travel with their family. Read Less
El Paso: Worth a visit, worth a stay 4 rating By Anonymous ( Apr 29, 2010) I had the great good fortune to have to spend some time in El Paso on business. I must confess, I have a special fondness for cities which feel like smaller towns and El Paso is definitely one of them. You can enjoy all the advantages of a city, such as a selection of good restau ...Read More rants and entertainment and attractions but the people are easy-going and friendly, like you might expect in a smaller town. El Paso is especially attractive if you enjoy the spicy flavors and fragrances of Tex-Mex cuisine. The close proximity of El Paso to Mexico also guarantees some authentic and flavorful Mexican food as well. For the more adventurous traveler, Mexico is a just short walk away; just stroll over the Rio Grande bridge and you are there. Good food and drink are available very inexpensively, but it would be wise to return to El Paso while it is still daylight, as Ciudad Juarez does not provide the safety that El Paso does.

One word of warning about El Paso: your inexpensive visit can turn very expensive very quickly if you happen to like cowboy boots. The finest manufacturers of cowboy boots in the world are to be found in El Paso. Their boots are works of art, but these hand-crafted masterpieces cannot be taken home cheaply! Read Less

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El Paso, TX

El Paso is a city that combines the modern and cutting-edge with an old southwest charm that is undeniable. With hundreds of amazing Mexican restaurants, eclectic burger joints, and surprisingly delicious Asian restaurants, the city is a foodie's culinary dream. El Paso is home to over 675,000 people who are proud Texans living a stone's throw from the Mexican border. One of the most surprising aspects of El Paso for those who are new to the region is the beautiful mountains that are located to the south of the city.

People relocating to El Paso will be blessed with beautiful weather in the winter months that rarely sees temperatures drop below freezing. Crime is also low in the city that is known as the boot capital of the world. El Paso is one of the sunniest locations in the United States averaging over 300 days of sunshine each year. As a testament to this fact, each year the city hosts a college football bowl game known fittingly as the Sun Bowl. The game has provided some epic matchups over the years, and it is one of the events that the city looks forward to the most on the calendar.

Navigating El Paso is easy and there are not too many transportation problems to navigate. Interstate 10 cuts through El Paso and offers easy and convenient travel to the east and west. Sun Metro operates a series of bus routes that crisscross across the city. The bus lines are very popular with college students at the University of Texas El Paso who rely on it to get from their houses to the campus.

If you are looking for adventure, you can certainly find it on the El Paso Mission Trail. Dating back to 1598, it is one of the oldest such trails in the entire country. Franklin Mountains State Park offers nature lovers a chance to just get away from it all and soak in the rugged beauty of the surrounding area. In 30 minutes or so, you can escape the city below and get lost on the mountain trails above. Cyclists will also find that El Paso is a hidden gem with its vast climbs, warm weathers, and wide shoulders.

Montwood, Loma Terrace, and Sunset Heights are just a few of the neighborhoods that many in El Paso love to call home. Speaking of houses, prices in the area are affordable and there are many employment opportunities at one of the Army's largest bases, Fort Bliss.

If you are looking for sunny days, warm temps, and an endless selection of amazing tamales, El Paso is likely the right choice for you and yours.

B Amenities

Are there many local amenities in El Paso? Yes, there are some amenities close to this location.

Parks

Aztec Calendar Park
San Jacinto Square
Cleveland Square Park
Houston Park
Unknown Name
Chico’s Playground
Magoffin Home State Historical Park
Union Plaza

Entertainment

Insights - El Paso Science Museum
Plaza Theatre
Lowbrow Palace
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso Museum of History
Abraham Chavez Theatre
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Southwest University Park

Food & Drink

McDonald's
Burger King
Subway
Unknown Name
La Michoacana
Taco Bell
Johnny Rockets
Whataburger

B Commute

Is public transit available in El Paso? Of all people who commute, 1.5% take public transportation in El Paso.
Drive to Work
80%

4% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit
2%

4% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
1%

2% lower than the US average

D+ Health & Safety

Is El Paso a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are some hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

El Paso Psychiatric Center
El Paso Children's Hospital
El Paso VA Health Care Clinic
El Paso State Supported Living Center
Del Sol Medical Center
Las Palmas Medical Center
Providence Memorial Hospital
Kindred Hospital El Paso

Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Walmart Pharmacy
Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy
Walgreens
Walgreens
Walgreens

Doctors

Well Med
Charles P Little DPM
Family Doctor

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