El Paso is located in far west Texas, just across the U.S.-Mexico border from Juarez. Together, both cities make up a large metropolitan area divided by the Rio Grande, which separates both cities and countries. New Mexico is located within a few miles of the northern border of El Paso, with Las Cruces approximately 45 minutes north of the city of El Paso. All three cities form an international metropolitan area, with over 2.5 million people living in all three cities. El Paso’s population was 674,433 as of the U.S. Census report of July, 2013.
Apartments for Rent in El Paso, TX
As you start your apartment search, you’ll need to divide El Paso into areas. These are the far West side, Northeast, Central, far East and Northeast. Depending on where you work, you’ll need to focus your apartment search. Because El Paso covers so much ground, renting an apartment on the West side when you work on the far East side may be unrealistic. While Interstate 10 and Highway 54 cover the entire city, traffic on either freeway can delay your morning or evening commute.
If you are in the military, you may want to focus your search in the Northeast. Fred Wilson borders Ft. Bliss, making an apartment here a convenient option. The military base is so big that, if you choose to live in the central area, you can look for an apartment in the Trowbridge area, closer to the West side.
Top Neighborhoods in El Paso, TX
It’s easy to pick out the top neighborhoods in El Paso. If you prefer staying on the West side, closer to the New Mexico border, the Sunland Park neighborhood is an ideal option. Here, you’ll find shopping, schools and parks for you and your family. The entire West side of El Paso is considered to be one of the top neighborhoods in the city. You may be able to find a home located within yards of the New Mexico/Texas border. The Santa Teresa area is dotted with attractive, well-managed and maintained apartment complexes.
If you need to choose an apartment closer to the Northeast side of the city, stick to the Fred Wilson neighborhood. The central area, close to the El Paso International Airport, is another top area of the city. Here, you’ll see Montana Avenue and Airport Road traversing this neighborhood, making it easy for you to get from home to work and back again. As with other top neighborhoods, the apartments you see will be full of desirable amenities.
Sports in El Paso, TX
If you’re a sports buff, you are in luck. As of April, 2014, El Paso has a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Dodgers. The Chihuahuas started playing in 2014, and their inaugural season has been a success. If hockey is your game, the El Paso Rhinos, a junior “A” team, play in the Midwest division of Western States hockey.
Hot off the success of the 2014 soccer World Cup, Major League Soccer is contemplating expanding into El Paso. The El Paso Patriots played from 2005 through the end of the 2012 season. Now, with the possibility of major league soccer expanding into El Paso, you may see your sports options expanding as well.
Don’t forget about college football. The University of Texas at El Paso’s Miners is a successful team that has made it to the NCAA playoffs several times in recent years. The Miners also field baseball, soccer, volleyball and basketball teams.
If you have children who enjoy sports, sign them up for one of the youth sports leagues. These include soccer, girl’s fast pitch and a youth hockey league.
Transportation Options in El Paso, TX
El Paso covers a lot of ground. When you move to this city, you’ll be able to take advantage of several bus routes. The city’s bus transport system, known as SunMetro, operates all over El Paso. With routes in all quadrants of the city, you’ll be able to find a bus that’s going near your destination, if not dropping you just steps away. If you’ll need to use the bus on a regular basis, you’ll be able to buy monthly bus passes.
Weather in El Paso, TX
Because El Paso is located in the sunny Southwest, you’ll be able to take advantage of approximately 297 days of sunlight. On average, you’ll see about 8 inches of rain annually. Snow is more rare – expect about 5.8 inches of snow per year. It can get windy and dusty in El Paso. The local news posts dust alerts when wind speeds are forecast to top 40 to 50 miles per hour.
Average low temperatures barely dip below freezing in January, according to Sperling’s Best Places. The average high in July is about 95 degrees, but expect to see several days with temperatures topping 100.
If you are looking for a city with a dry climate and warm-to-hot temperatures, El Paso, Texas is one destination to consider.View Apartments in El Paso, Texas
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