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El Paso

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Located in far West Texas on the border of Chihuahua, Mexico and New Mexico, El Paso is a mix of cultures. Many of its 800,000 residents have lived in El Paso for most of their lives and have brought the traditions, language, foods and family values of their Latino heritage to the multicultural city. From authentic Mexican food to a sunny, mild climate and a laid-back, friendly atmosphere, El Paso is a unique and pleasant city.

It is also a mecca for those who enjoy the outdoors. From the world-class rock climbing at Hueco Tanks to hiking and biking at Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the country, El Paso and the surrounding region offer everything from desert landscapes and white sand dunes to alpine skiing, fishing and camping.

El Paso also is home to Fort Bliss, a large, rapidly growing military base on El Paso's northeast side.

Sports fans can cheer on The University of Texas at El Paso Miners Division I football team or watch the annual Sun Bowl game live on New Year's Eve. Others may prefer to spend time watching the UTEP basketball teams in the Don Haskins Center, named after the famed coach who led the Miners to become NCAA champions in 1966 and made history by starting five African-American players. The story is recounted in the 2006 film "Glory Road."

Another factor that adds to El Paso's appeal is the low cost of living. Housing is affordable, with the average home price around $150,000, according to the Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center. In addition, Texas has no state income tax.

El Paso always has been intricately linked with its neighbor across the border, Juarez, Mexico, and many of its residents speak both English and Spanish with ease. Despite the recent increase in drug cartel violence in Juarez, El Paso has remained as safe as ever. In fact, it was named the safest big city in America in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by CQ Press.

Come and experience it for yourself!

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