El Paso's warm, sunny climate and Franklin Mountains provide the backdrop of a young, culturally diverse population which shares a rich heritage that embraces the past and builds the city's future. El Pasoans have the luxury of big city amenities without big city hassles. A high quality of life is provided by affordable housing, low crime rates and minimal traffic congestion on major thoroughfares and interstate highway.
The two cities, along with Las Cruces, form a combined international metropolitan area, sometimes referred as the Paso Del Norte or El Paso–Juárez–Las Cruces, with over 2.7 million people occupying the combined area.
The El Paso-Juárez region is the largest bilingual, binational work force in the Western Hemisphere. This unique border situation is what helps to drive the economy of the city with many companies having their workforce split between the two countries.
Agriculture is also a large part of the economy in El Paso.
The Rio Grande valley in this area has been irrigated since prehistoric times and produces bountiful harvests of cotton, pecans, and alfalfa, and lesser amounts of numerous vegetables and fruits.
In addition, the county has a strong economy bolstered by Fort Bliss and the businesses that serve it.