Sun City

The city of El Paso is called “Sun City” because on average, the city has 302 days of sun every year! The beauty of our desert sun really sets El Paso apart—it’s always bright, cheerful, and welcoming.

El Paso is located in the far western corner of the state of Texas in the United States. El Paso sits right on the border of the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico. The El Paso area seamlessly blends languages and cultures that include the American west, colonial Mexico, and ancient Native American tribes.

With over 2.7 million people, this binational region is the second largest metropolitan area on the Mexico-United States border and has the largest bilingual, binational workforce in the Western Hemisphere.

El Paso has a population of over 680,000 people, making it the 22nd largest city in the U.S.


El Paso has been ranked as one of the safest large city in the United States since 2010. The annual study is completed by CQ Press, an independent research firm, and is based on FBI crime data. El Paso has constantly ranked among the top safest cities since 1997.

texas-state-flag Governor of Texas: Greg Abbott
Mayor of El Paso: Oscar Leeser
Population: 680,000 (El Paso only)
Geography: The city covers an area of 664 square kilometers/256 square miles. The elevation is 1,200 meters/3,800 feet above sea level. The highest peak is North Franklin Mountain at 2,192 meters/7,192 feet above sea level.
Founded: 1680
Languages: English and Spanish
Time Zone: U.S. Mountain Time / UTC -7:00