El Paso County, Texas

El Paso County, Texas

Infobox U.S. County
county = El Paso County
state = Texas

map size = 250
founded = 1848
seat = El Paso | area_total_sq_mi =1015
area_land_sq_mi =1013
area_water_sq_mi =2
area percentage = 0.15%
census yr = 2007
pop = 755085
density_km2 =259
web = www.epcounty.com

El Paso County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of Texas. According to the 2007 U.S. Census population estimates, the county had a population of 755,085, up 75,463 from the 2000 Census. Its county seat is El PasoGR|6. "El Paso" is Spanish for "the Pass." It is named for the pass the Rio Grande creates through the mountains on either side of the river.

The El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of El Paso County.


=Adjacent counties and municipios=

* Doña Ana County, New Mexico - west, northwest
* Otero County, New Mexico - northeast
* Hudspeth County, Texas - east
* Guadalupe, Chihuahua - south
* Juárez, Chihuahua - southwest

National protected area

* Chamizal National Memorial


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 679,622 people, 210,022 households, and 166,127 families residing in the county. The population density was 671 people per square mile (259/km²). There were 224,447 housing units at an average density of 222 per square mile (86/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.95% White, 3.06% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 17.91% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. 78.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 210,022 households out of which 44.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 18.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.90% were non-families. 17.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.18 and the average family size was 3.63.

In the county, the population was spread out with 32.00% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 18.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,051, and the median income for a family was $33,410. Males had a median income of $26,882 versus $20,722 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,421. About 20.50% of families and 23.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.50% of those under age 18 and 18.50% of those age 65 or over.

2004 Election

El Paso County was one of the very few counties in Texas to vote for the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Voters in the county chose Senator John Kerry over George W. Bush, 94,879 to 73,046.



*El Paso
*Horizon City





Unincorporated areas


External links

* [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/EE/hce5.html El Paso County in "Handbook of Texas Online"] at the University of Texas
* [http://texashistory.unt.edu/search/?q=%22United+States+-+Texas+-+El+Paso+County%22&t=dc.coverage Historic El Paso County materials] , hosted by the [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ Portal to Texas History.]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0kDA_7uFg Fort Bliss National Cemetery Disgrace Video]

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