El Paso


2010: 649,121, #19 in U.S., #6 in Texas

1950: 130,485, #76 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 800,647, #66 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 194,968, #96 in U.S.


El Paso, across the Rio Grande from Mexico, was the base of Spanish governance of the New Mexico territory starting in 1680. It was first settled by American families after the Mexican War in 1849, and was incorporated in 1873.


Tallest building: Wells Fargo Plaza, 296 feet (1971)

List of tallest buildings


J.C. Penney closed its downtown department store in 2017.


Amtrak’s Sunset Limited goes through El Paso’s Union Depot (1906) three times a week in each direction, west to Tucson and Los Angeles, and east to San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans.

The 5-mile El Paso Streetcar, between downtown and UTEP,  opened in 2018.


The El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of History,  the El Paso Holocaust Museum, and Lynx Exhibits are located downtown.

Downtown El Paso


Downtown El Paso has no first-run movie theaters. The Plaza Theatre (1930) is a restored movie palace that now hosts the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and touring Broadway shows. The El Paso Opera performs at the Abraham Chavez Theater.


The El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the San Diego Padres, play at Southwest University Park (2014). The El Paso County Coliseum (1942), east of downtown, and the Don Haskins Center (1976) at the University of Texas El Paso, northwest of downtown, have sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown El Paso