Getting to Know the City of El Paso
Established in 1850, El Paso has Many Nicknames Including ‘The City With a Legend
With a desert landscape made up of mountains, yucca, prickly pears, and ocotillo plants, El Paso is a city whose beauty is often overlooked. It is located on the westernmost point of Texas and is home to daily commuters from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, which is one of the most populous cities in the state of Chihuahua. The culture of the city bears a reflection of its strong Mexican heritage and the Native American tribes who first occupied it thousands of years ago. Unlike other major cities in Texas, El Paso’s location sets it apart from what non-Texas natives read about in textbooks or the portrayal of Texas that is seen in the movies. Living in El Paso has numerous benefits that have made it a popular destination for families looking for affordable housing, sunny weather, and a laidback lifestyle.
A Slow but Steady Growing Workforce Population
As of 2016, El Paso is home to roughly 683,080 residents. A large majority of residents who relocate to El Paso are military families who are assigned to Fort Bliss, one of the largest military posts of the United States Army. Along with military reassignments, people moving to west Texas are in search of affordable housing and employment in the fields of education, medical, construction, as well as personal care and hospitality. Moreover, its affordable land has made it attractive to new local and out-of-state businesses. In 2014, Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas, a minor league baseball team opened, and more recently, Topgolf, a sports entertainment venue headquartered in Dallas opened its doors on the west side of town in February 2018.
Sunny Weather All Year Round
A widely-used nickname for El Paso is the ‘The Sun City’ given that it has 297 days of sun and sees average temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The city’s weather is ideal for those who are tired of the rain and snow. While snow is a rare sight in El Paso, the city may see a few hours of snowfall approximately one to two days out of the year.
El Paso is Home to Many Overlooked Texas Landmarks
If you’re visiting El Paso, you’ll want to make time to see:
- Magoffin Home State Historic Site. The historical site was once home to pioneer, civic leader, and politician Joseph Magoffin. Built in 1875, the nineteen-room home is made of adobe and contains original furnishings from the family’s upbringing. It is the only historical house museum in El Paso.
- Chamizal National Memorial. The park is a symbol of the 100-year border dispute between the US and Mexico. Today the site includes art galleries, a theatre, and museum. Many festivals and special events throughout the year are hosted there.
- Historic Mission Trail. Located in El Paso’s Lower Valley, this site dates back 400 years and features adobe churches, the Ysleta Mission and the San Elizario Plaza, that keep alive the Spanish and Native American architectural style of the late 1600s and 1700s, respectively.
- Franklin Mountains. This state park is 23 miles long, 3 miles wide, and runs into Mexico. Locals use the park for hiking, mountain biking, and enjoying an elevated view of the desert landscape. If you’re looking to snap photos of plants and wildlife, you’ll find barrel cactus, yucca, Mexican poppies, and trees such as cottonwood and juniper.
Important Texas Laws Regarding Workers Comp
Texas has some of the most strict laws regarding workers’ compensation. Unlike other US states, Texas does not require an employer to have workers’ comp. This means that employers who do not subscribe to workers’ comp are open to lawsuits from employers who are injured on the job. As an employee in the state of Texas, it’s important that you are aware of your rights if you are wrongfully terminated, injured, or treated unfairly.
Key facts regarding workers’ comp in the state of Texas:
- You must report your injury to your employer within 30 days of the injury.
- You have one year to send in the Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease (DWC Form-041) to the Texas Department of Insurance.
- You have the right to hire an attorney to assist with you with your workers’ comp claim.
- With a few exceptions, you have the right to receive medical assistance regardless of who is at fault for your injury or illness.
- You have the right to keep your claim confidential.