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Nestled in the far western corner of Texas, El Paso is on the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte) and right across the U.S.-Mexico border from Ciudad Juárez. El Paso is the state’s 6th largest city and ranks as one of the best cities to live in America, according to U. S. News and World Report rankings for 2017.
The magazine also ranks El Paso suburbs 5th in top places to retire, which takes into account quality of life, housing affordability, retiree taxes, and healthcare quality. El Paso also gets props for access to the great outdoors as well as having some of the best drivers among the nation’s 75 largest metro areas.
Let’s face it, whether part of a family, a young professional, or a retiree, we all appreciate many of the same attributes of great neighborhoods. If you plan on moving to the El Paso suburbs, here are a few of the best burbs for access to outdoors, entertainment, education, and employment.
Downtown El Paso
A trendy new hotel opened downtown, luring locals back to the city’s core for socializing and dining. A newly constructed streetcar line, aptly named SunMetro, links downtown El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Until recently, El Paso was the only Texas (big) city without a professional sports team. But no more. The city has a new baseball team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. And, the city’s first microbrewery opened in 2015.
Love the great outdoors? There are hiking, cycling, and mountain biking trails galore thanks to the country’s largest urban park in the US. If rock climbing in your passion, don’t miss Hueco Tanks State Park– with 300 days of sunshine and warmer temps, its perfect for wintertime rock climbing.
Prefer the indoors? El Paso’s top museums are free any time of year. Best of all is El Pasoans haven’t forgotten good-old-fashioned hospitality. In other words, the locals are friendly, and you can’t say that about every city.
Fun Fact About Downtown El Paso: The tallest building in downtown El Paso is Wells Fargo Plaza
Featuring two lakes, seven parks, and one of the largest military complexes of the United States Army, the Mountain View neighborhood attracts middle-class and military families.
Fort Bliss is located northeast of the city, next to the El Paso International Airport. The military complex’s training areas reach north into the neighboring state of New Mexico.
The Mountain View area is known for its recreational areas and abundant green space. Families with children will be glad to learn that this neighborhood is serviced by the El Paso Independent School District.
The Franklin Mountains extends into El Paso and almost divides the city into two sections. The Franklin Mountain range is relatively small, 23-miles long and 3-miles wide.
It goes without saying, the military presence in the Mountain View Neighborhood helps maintain a very safe neighborhood. Nearby El Paso suburbs include United Neighborhood, San Juan Neighborhood, and Central Neighborhood.
The Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association (CVNA) was recently recognized for being one of El Paso’s long-standing community group. Being part of an active neighborhood comes with many advantages including the desire to enhance the community and improve the quality of life.
A large percentage of residents working in education and healthcare makes Cielo Vista an excellent neighborhood for families and young professionals. Families with children will be glad to learn that high school graduation rate is 5% higher in Cielo Vista. The Cielo Vista Mall offers employment opportunities as well. The mall features five anchor stores and more than 140 specialty stores.
In 2017, close to one million dollars was spent on a new hike and bike trail in the Cielo Vista neighborhood. The new path allows pedestrians and bicyclists to travel safely along Viscount Boulevard.
Fun Fact About El Paso, Texas: It’s the 19th largest city in the United States
The East Side neighborhood in El Paso is a hot spot for new restaurants and eateries. It’s also where the majority of El Paso’s population calls home. The dense network of neighborhoods, schools, parks, and retail districts offers residents plenty of options for employment and entertainment.
Furthermore, the El Paso International Airport is close by as is Fort Bliss Military Base. This Texas city certainly enjoys having both. Improved social infrastructure elements include the city’s restaurants, colleges and universities, and entertainment zones.
Neighborhoods near East Side suburbs include Las Tierras, Las Palmas, and Album Park.
El Paso’s Lower Valley neighborhood is part of Mission Valley, the third largest area in the city and considered to be the oldest area of El Paso. Residents in the Lower Valley can look forward to new recreational amenities in the next two years.
Two new El Paso Parks and Recreation Centers will be located in Lower Valley neighborhoods: Lomaland and Lomita, near Lomaland Park and at 7830 Alameda Avenue near Riverside High School.
The quality of life will improve in this area thanks to an $11 million bond project. Amenities may include meeting, exercise and computer rooms.
An Urban Trail in the Lower Valley is also underway and will stretch from Ascarate Park to Riverside Park, a 3.5-mile stretch. It will run along the Playa Drain and passes near Ascarate Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Tejas School of Choice, Riverside Middle and Riverside High schools.
The new pedestrian and bicycle trail is expected to be complete in March 2019 and will give residents more options to be outdoors and be active in their neighborhoods.
Lower Valley is a blend of urban, rural, and industrial districts as well as one international border crossing. Anyone moving to El Paso will have plenty of neighborhoods to choose from. There are several historic mansions as well as large parks and wildlife sanctuaries, all of which offer a rich historical context to the city.
Neighborhoods adjacent to Lower Valley include Ysleta Mission Valley, Save the Valley 21, Thomas Manor, and Lakeside.
Fun Fact About El Paso, Texas: It lies at the intersection of three states—Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua—and two countries— U.S. and Mexico.
Moving to the El Paso suburbs is ideal for a variety of lifestyles. Whether you are retiring, going to a university, or growing your business, the city offers something for everyone. Whether you rely on public transportation, your car, (El Paso ranks first for best drivers among the state’s biggest cities!) or need to be near an airport, you are sure to love living in El Paso.