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Old 09-26-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Rochester, MN
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Really want to get my family out of the MN cold and relocate to TX. I work as an RN and heard that there are not many jobs in El Paso but that the healthcare industry is doing quite well. I was also impressed with how low the house prices are and how much sq ft you get for so cheap. Some people even told me that El Paso is actually known as "family city" which surprised me because that's not the first thing that comes to mind.My main concern is for my kids schooling and safety. What neighborhoods and schools are the best and safest place to live? Is there much crime and is traffic a concern? I guess any information would be very helpful.
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Old 09-27-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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Well there are many families like anywhere else. Your comment is very vague so if you could explain it would help to reply.

It's a very safe city. Google it and you will find that is true. I live in Segundo Barrio and find it very safe. It's probably the poorest neighborhood and most middle class and up would not want to live here but that has nothing to do with it being not safe. It also has a VERY good private school, Lydia Patterson. EP is very spread out and you can find many, many 'nice' neighborhoods. In all likelihood your children will probably end up being bilingual by the time they graduate which in my opinion is a huge positive.

Traffic on I-10 can get pretty frustrating. EP has about 10,000 road construction projects going all the time. Yes I'm exaggerating but that's what it seems like. The actual traffic in terms of volume is not really that bad and there are plenty of lanes to handle it. It's the darn backups that happen for various reasons that is maddening.

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Old 09-30-2019, 11:57 PM
 
Location: El paso,tx
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West side is less congested, better schools, quite a few hospitals. I'm a realtor with quite a few doctor clients. They seem to all want to be here on the west side. Quite a few homes on the mountain with gorgeous views. Lots of restaurats/shopping. East side has the shopping and schools but the traffic is really bad, its flatter so not as many homes on view lots, and schools are not known for being quite as good.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The Good, Bad and Ugly about El Paso

The good: a) nonexistent winter; blues skies and 50-60 degrees in January. b) best Tex-Mex food anywhere. c) low crime, friendly population. d) outrageously gorgeous sunrises/sunsets e) UTEP and community college offer many and varied options for higher ed.

The bad: a) low pay in many occupations. b) blistering summer heat, but low humidity and high elevation make it semi-tolerable. Stay in the shade and it's not too bad. c) never-ending road construction making cross-town commutes difficult

The ugly: springtime wind/dust storms

Sunset example
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:02 AM
 
Location: El paso,tx
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Great photo, Old Gringo!
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Old 11-09-2019, 06:48 PM
 
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Default Westside Bestside

I agree that the westside is the place to resettle if you really want to relocate to EP.

I'd probably take
Phoenix
Tucson
Albuquerque
or suburbs of Atlanta
before EP-but that's me.

The hospitals here offer signing bonuses and that means people meet their contract requirements and switch to another hospital for another bonus-there's quite a few, so you'll always have work. It's also a place where people working in the medical field can scoop up properties and offer rentals to traveling nurses or military families who will only be in the area for short stints.

I recommend looking up what the median income level is in town if you have any reservations on staying less than a decade-why? It's easier to resell a home that is in the window of affordability of most buyers.

Check out reddit forums for each city you are considering-I've lived in various parts of the country and am looking to relocate myself: subreddits are a preview of the nature of people who've lived there long enough to give candid takes to strangers. See niche for stats on towns you are considering, too & City-Data does a great job with the overview on stats.

If you can take an extended vacay from MN and take a temp position in a medical setting here before deciding, all of your questions may be answered.
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Old 11-14-2019, 03:01 PM
 
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Kind of a West Side fanboy myself. I agree, schools are for the most part pretty good from elementary through HS. All public schools feed either Coronado or Franklin, two of the better (and larger schools in the EPISD). Commute on West Side is better, I have driven !-10 around 2pm and the traffic already builds up. At least on the WS you can always try Trans Mountain to get over to the East/Northeast side or back home to the WS. Traffic mostly alleviated since most of the I-10 projects are done on the WS. Homes are probably more expensive. Lots of professionals live out there and, in my experience, transplants.


More shopping and entertainment with West Towne Marketplace opening up and there is the new Providence Hospital and UMC clinic out there. Easy access to downtown El Paso and UTEP. Pretty much all of the WS neighborhoods are safe, especially from the Shadow Mountain area all the way to Helen of Troy. Most newer development is in the Northwest starting at Helen of Troy and headed north towards Las Cruces.


My thoughts/experience on the topic.
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:57 AM
 
Location: El paso,tx
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Kind of a West Side fanboy myself. I agree, schools are for the most part pretty good from elementary through HS. All public schools feed either Coronado or Franklin, two of the better (and larger schools in the EPISD). Commute on West Side is better, I have driven !-10 around 2pm and the traffic already builds up. At least on the WS you can always try Trans Mountain to get over to the East/Northeast side or back home to the WS. Traffic mostly alleviated since most of the I-10 projects are done on the WS. Homes are probably more expensive. Lots of professionals live out there and, in my experience, transplants.


More shopping and entertainment with West Towne Marketplace opening up and there is the new Providence Hospital and UMC clinic out there. Easy access to downtown El Paso and UTEP. Pretty much all of the WS neighborhoods are safe, especially from the Shadow Mountain area all the way to Helen of Troy. Most newer development is in the Northwest starting at Helen of Troy and headed north towards Las Cruces.


My thoughts/experience on the topic.
You nailed it!
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Old 12-28-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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The Good, Bad and Ugly about El Paso

The good: a) nonexistent winter; blues skies and 50-60 degrees in January. b) best Tex-Mex food anywhere. c) low crime, friendly population. d) outrageously gorgeous sunrises/sunsets e) UTEP and community college offer many and varied options for higher ed.

The bad: a) low pay in many occupations. b) blistering summer heat, but low humidity and high elevation make it semi-tolerable. Stay in the shade and it's not too bad. c) never-ending road construction making cross-town commutes difficult

The ugly: springtime wind/dust storms

Sunset example

Tex-Mex is Chuy's. I have a hard time understanding why Chuy's is even in El Paso with all the authentic Mexican restaurants. Tex-Mex just doesn't cut it in El Paso; authentic Mexican is far superior.

The bad on "low pay" is true for those who do cashiering, working at McD's, or wash cars. Those with college degrees would fare better such as engineers, nurses, executives. Nurse would make good money and have a friend who works as one and lives with splendid view on the Franklin Mountains. Ahm...
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Pueblo West, CO
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Old Gringo is pretty spot on. I vote yes to the west side. I lived over there. It was very good to me.

The BAD neighborhoods are not unsafe, just old and ugly. There is PLENTY of new construction to choose from.

Another bad is no diversity in food and culture. Everything is Mexican. It is the BEST Mexican... but there is little outside that is passable.....

Another bad is the yards are super small if you are used to having property.....

Another plus is the fact there is a mountain IN the city. You can go hiking 10 minutes from the house AND actually have cell service so you don't get lost and die.

You can walk or bike scenic drive on Sunday mornings with no cars..... I miss that....

The AAA baseball games are really cool also. What an amazing stadium they built. There is a small casino nearby. The farmers market in Cruces is really great also, even though they do not really have a lot of vegetables as it is a desert.

Those dust storms were terrible. I do not miss those high wind dust storm days. Since it is 30 and snowing out here in Colorado, I miss the ELP "cold" of 55 degrees and sunny.

I am a fan of ELP.....



side note.....I would NOT move to ABQ over ELP.
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