County of El Paso's total population is 833,592 with a median age of 31.6*

Total Population

  Age Distribution 0-9 yrs 130,886
10-19 yrs 132,054
20-34 yrs 191,002
35-54 yrs 203,264
55-59 yrs 45,582
60 + 130,804


Educational Attainment*

Less than high

High School

Some College

Associate Degree

College Degree

Graduate Degree


Labor Force
The County of El Paso has a labor force of 359, 761 with 72.1% bilingual and an unemployment rate of 4.2*
Less than high school 8%
High School no diploma 4%
High School diploma 49%
Some college, no degree 10%
Associate degree 8%
Bachelor degree 17%
Graduate degree 3%

*Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Business and jobs
The sector with the greatest employment for El Paso MSA as of Oct. 2017 are (1) Government; (2) Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; and (3) Education and Health Services, representing 58% of all nonfarm employment

1. Professional & Business Services (7.8%)

2. Financial Activities (4.6%)

3. Mining, Logging and Construction (4.0%)


*Borderplex - Labor market review Vol. 4, 11

Site Selectors*
The County of El Paso has a labor force of 359, 761 with 72.1% bilingual and an unemployment rate of 4.2*
  Inventory YTD (SF) Overall Vacancy Rate Under Construction (SF) Overall Weighted Average Net Rent
Warehouse/Distribution 44,313,789 5.8% 320,000 $4.00
Manufacturing 5,633,307 12.3% 0 $3.90
Office Services/Flex 1,780,182 8.9% 0 $5.25
High Tech 310,000 51.6% 0 $12.00

*Cushman & Wakefield/PIRES international Report

Cost of Living

The C2ER Cost of Living Index 2015 Annual Average shows that El Paso has the third lowest overall cost of living among the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas. The same study also shows that El Paso's overall after-taxes living costs are 6.9 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas participating in the survey.


There are nine public school districts in the El Paso area, with a total enrollment of 177,905 and 11,423 graduates for the 2011−2012 academic year. There are 55 private schools, with a combined total enrollment of 9,783 students. El Paso County is served by nine school districts, four of which serve portions of the city of El Paso (marked by asterisks):
• El Paso Independent School District*
• Ysleta Independent School District*
• Canutillo Independent School District*
• Socorro Independent School District*
• Fabens Independent School District
• Anthony Independent School District
• San Elizario Independent School District
• Tornillo Independent School District
• Clint Independent School District

The El Paso region is home to nine post-secondary institutions, including two four-year and graduate post-secondary institutions — The University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. You’ll find seven two-year community colleges, professional and technical schools. The county’s four-year universities enroll close to 30,000 students annually, while the two-year institutions and technical colleges enroll approximately 33,000 annually.

University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
With an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students, UTEP offers 74 baccalaureate, 76 master’s and 22 doctoral programs within its academic colleges

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso TTUHSC
TTUHSC is an independently accredited, comprehensive, health-sciences university with component schools of Allied Health, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. TTUHSC provides West Texas with high-quality, accessible healthcare services and access to educational opportunities. TTUHSC opened the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso in 2009. This four-year, research-focused institute is the only medical school to be accredited in the U.S. in 25 years and the only medical school located on the U.S.-México border.

El Paso Community College
With six locations throughout the region, El Paso Community College (EPCC) is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. It currently serves more than 30,000 students each semester. EPCC continues to receive national recognition for its educational excellence while offering a diversity of programs relevant to today’s workforce needs receiving the Aspen Prize as a Top 10 Community College in 2015. The college offers 130 associate-degree and certificate-of-completion programs and offers more than 350 personal-enrichment/continuing-education courses. Coursework at EPCC is transferable to any Texas college or university.

Southwest University at El Paso offers certificates in allied health and automotive technologies, and bachelor degree programs in business and health administration. There are several private universities that offer bachelor and master’s degree programs with branch campuses which include: Webster University, Howard Payne University, and the University of Phoenix.

Technical/Career Schools
Technical schools within the region, including Western Technical College, offer certificates and associate degrees. Vantage College offers certificates in health care, information technology and management. Brightwood College offers certificates in allied health, information technology and business