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Retirement Living In El Paso Region - Texas

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Area Description

El Paso’s unspoiled natural beauty is a rarity in today’s fast-paced world. During the day, our mountains take on shades of purple, vibrant orange and pale green under a sun that shines over 305 days a year. Wide-open vistas, big skies and beautiful desert weather are the norm, and almost every day ends with a breathtaking sunset. At night, our city lights look like a scattering of glittering diamonds across an expanse of darkness. The City is not only a great place to work but to live as well. El Paso has ranked America's Safest City for the last four consecutive years and in the top three for the last ten years.

El Paso is also home to Fort Bliss, the fastest-growing U.S. Army installation in the United States and a vital part of the City’s economy. Other pillars of El Paso’s economy include the University of Texas at El Paso and the Medical Center of the Americas, which houses the only four-year medical school located on the U.S./Mexico border.

Includes Cities/Towns: Anthony, Canutillo, Clint, El Paso, Fabens, Fort Bliss, San Elizario, Tornillo.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The beautiful and majestic Franklin Mountains offer a dramatic focal point to the city, and are one of the most visible and beloved of our many treasures. Enjoy a picnic in Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the U.S. For outdoor explorers, there’s also mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing virtually any time of the year.

El Paso has four private golf courses, two military courses, and seven public courses, including Painted Dunes Golf Course which Golf Digest ranked No. 2 in the country and most recently the Tom Fazio designed Butterfield Trail Golf Club was named top 4 Municipal Courses in the Country. Tennis players can choose from over 25 public and private facilities in the city.

Cultural Activities

El Paso has seen many changes to its landscape in the last year with the addition of the nation’s newest Triple-A baseball stadium, which is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas; the San Diego Padres affiliate team. As part of a half billion dollar quality of life bond (approved in November of 2012), the El Paso Museum of History will open the only TouchCity Digital History Wall in the United States in January of 2015. The only other one in the world is located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Additionally, a colorful pedestrian pathway, which will connect different sites throughout El Paso’s Downtown Arts District is currently under construction; an enriching Hispanic Cultural Center; an interactive children’s museum; a state-of-the art multi-purpose performing arts and entertainment venue; major improvements to parks and sports tournament sites and the addition of several community “pocket parks” are just a few of the projects that are in the works.

Currently, guests can experience more than 400 years of history on the El Paso Mission Trail, which has three of the oldest continuously-operating missions. They can also take in a concert, film or Broadway show at the historic Plaza Theatre, a restored atmospheric theatre or visit the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History, or El Paso Holocaust Museum; all located downtown.

In addition to being the unofficial “Mexican Food Capital” of the United States, El Paso serves up some of the best steaks at the world renowned Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch, which is a 30-minute drive from downtown El Paso. This family-style restaurant is situated on a ranch and offers hayride tours of the property, which includes a small-scale zoo and houses sets from several films shot on-site, such as “Courage Under Fire” and “The Getaway”.

While Mexican food and mouthwatering steaks are a rite of passage for El Pasoans, there are several newer restaurants in the Kern Place and Downtown areas that are extremely popular and have garnered attention from a number of magazines and websites. Among them are Rulis’ International Kitchen, Crave Kitchen + Bar, Tabla, and Anson 11 which serve International and American cuisine with an El Paso spin.

Public transportation

The El Paso International Airport offers more than 60 daily flights by major US carriers American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines.

There are a total of eight rental car companies and six taxi/cab companies.

Public transportation is available via the Sun Metro bus service and a new initiative called Brio, which is a high-quality transit service that offers similar benefits to light rail transit, such as improved speed and reliability

Medical Facilities

Sierra Providence Health Network brings together advanced technology and services in caring for you and your family, which has earned the network two consecutive National Consumer Choice Awards. The system is comprised of five hospitals, which include

• 508-bed Providence Memorial Hospital
• 106-bed Children’s Hospital at Providence
• 351-bed Sierra Medical Center
• 48-bed Sierra Providence Physical Rehabilitation Hospital
• 110-bed Sierra Providence Eastside Hospital

Sierra Medical Center recently received recognition from HealthGrades as having a general-surgery program that rates in the top 5 percent nationally. Sierra Providence Physical Rehabilitation Hospital is equipped to handle brain injuries and other serious disorders and is the only hospital in El Paso that holds nine CARF accreditations.

The network also provides advanced healthcare services to outlying communities of West Texas and Southern New Mexico, and to our international neighbors in Northern México. Sierra Providence Health Network is the only provider of gamma-knife and major transplant services in the area and was the first to bring services such as neonatal intensive-care services and open-heart services to El Paso.

Del Sol Medical Center, a 314-bed acute-care facility, is the only full-service hospital in East El Paso. The hospital specializes in:

• Emergency medicine
• Cardiovascular care
• Oncology
• Neuroscience
• Maternal/child services
• Women’s services
• Rehabilitation

Del Sol has a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center in its emergency department that provides immediate evaluation and treatment options for patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. It was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of only 10 hospitals nationwide to participate in Expecting Success: Excellence in Cardiac Care, a program aimed at reducing racial and ethnic gaps in the delivery of cardiac care. Del Sol provides a dozen specialized treatment centers — also in East El Paso — that provide services for:

• Weight-loss surgery
• Wound management
• Diabetes management
• Radiation oncology
• Diagnostics
• Heart-failure management
• Sleep disorders
• Teen pregnancy

Serving El Paso since 1974, Del Sol Medical Center is part of HCA, the nation’s largest hospital system. It continues to offer quality care, acquire new technology, expand services, obtain all accreditations possible, and meet the growing needs of the community.

University Medical Center of El Paso is the region’s only not-for-profit, community-owned hospital and health system, and a regional referral center for patients in need of specialty care. Licensed by the state of Texas and accredited by the Joint Commission, University Medical Center of El Paso is a three-time designee as one of America’s Top 100 hospitals.

The 327-bed acute-care teaching facility is affiliated with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the new Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. It provides a wide range of state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient services, many of which are unavailable elsewhere in the region. For example, UMC is the only hospital in the region to meet the stringent requirements established by the state of Texas and the American College of Surgeons for Level I Trauma Centers.

As such, it is home to the only Level I Trauma Center within 280 miles of El Paso and is the designated hospital where the president, vice president and/or former presidents of the United States will be treated should they require medical attention while traveling in the region. UMC is a regional referral center in the fields of obstetrics, neonatology and pediatric intensive care. UMC is the only hospital in the region with round-the-clock coverage — its fellowship-trained board-certified physician specialists are in-house 24/7. UMC will soon be home to the regions first-ever, separately licensed children’s hospital, scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.

Las Palmas Medical Center, an HCA facility located on the West Side of El Paso, employs 905 individuals who work every day to provide patient care to the El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Southern New Mexico regions. Las Palmas Medical Center offers a full circle of care, starting with the Las Palmas Life Care Center, a wellness facility that is medically based as well as an outpatient rehabilitation center; Las Palmas Medical Center, an acute-care hospital that is licensed for 599 beds; and the Las Palmas Rehabilitation Hospital, licensed for 40 beds. Las Palmas Medical Center offers a full range of services, to include

• Surgery
• Women’s and children’s services
• Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
• Cardiovascular services
• Oncology (both radiation and infusion)

Customer-service scores within the Las Palmas Medical Center Emergency Room rank in the top 10 percentile of all HCA facilities nationwide. Las Palmas and its sister hospital, Del Sol Medical Center, have the only accredited Chest Pain Center programs in the region. The Intensive Care Unit at Las Palmas Medical Center is staffed with accredited intensive-care nurses. Las Palmas Medical Center houses a Pediatric Transport Team of highly trained individuals who transport critically ill children to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which is supervised by a fellowship-trained pediatrician who specializes in critical care.

Memorial Medical Center is a JCAHO-accredited acute-care facility offering comprehensive care, including the latest in diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Memorial Heart Center provides heart and vascular care, Memorial Ikard Cancer Treatment Center provides cancer treatment, and Fast Track offers quick, nonemergency care through the emergency department. Home care is available through Memorial Home Health, and the Family Medicine Clinic offers care for the whole family. Employees work closely with 320 credentialed providers to support a full range of medical specialties.

William Beaumont Army Medical Center is a Department of Defense medical facility located in El Paso, Texas. It provides comprehensive care to all beneficiaries, including

• Active-duty military
• Dependants
• Retirees

Serving as a major teaching hospital and as a regional trauma center during peace and war, WBAMC provides comprehensive, cost-effective and customer-focused healthcare as part of a fully integrated health system for the Greater Fort Bliss community beneficiaries while enabling combat-ready soldiers. The medical center performs, on average, 4,000 laboratory procedures, and fills more than 3,000 pharmacy requests daily. WBAMC is a Level II Trauma Center and is one of only two trauma centers in El Paso County. Between 15 and 25 percent of trauma cases in the area are treated here. Sixty percent of the trauma cases treated are military, and 40 percent of those are family members of active-duty military.

With the newest and most sophisticated technologies and equipment, this 31-bed facility offers both outpatient and inpatient services in spacious surgery suites. Its team of physicians is made up of a diverse group of highly skilled, highly trained physicians specializing in all aspects of orthopedic, neurosurgical, pain-management and rehabilitative care.

By incorporating the concept that being focused in one specialty creates higher degrees of expertise, this hospital is ranked top 5 percent in the nation, and for two consecutive years has been rated the best hospital in El Paso for total joint replacements and back surgery. It has also received the prestigious President’s Award, Best in the Nation and the Award of Excellence.

Offering advanced technologies in a colorful, kid-friendly atmosphere, the Children’s Hospital at Providence continues to further its commitment to improve the scope of pediatric care in El Paso. Experienced pediatric medical professionals, from respiratory therapists to nutritionists and child-life specialists, work hand-in-hand with El Paso’s doctors in an integrated approach mindful of the unique circumstances children face while in the hospital.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In El Paso Region, Texas?

For those of you that retire in El Paso Region, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Expect a few days of rain.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in El Paso Region such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a few days above 90°.

Summertime in El Paso Region is a great time to enjoy your retirement with an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the mid 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the upper 60's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in El Paso Region, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Expect a few days of rain.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  31  45  58
 Feb  36  50  64
 Mar  41  56  71
 Apr  49  64  79
 May  58  73  88
 Jun  66  81  96
 Jul  70  82  95
 Aug  68  80  93
 Sep  62  75  88
 Oct  51  65  79
 Nov  38  53  67
 Dec  31  44  58

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  18  0
 Feb  0  9  0
 Mar  0  4  0
 Apr  1  1  0
 May  13  0  0
 Jun  26  0  0
 Jul  26  0  0
 Aug  22  0  0
 Sep  12  0  0
 Oct  1  0  0
 Nov  0  6  0
 Dec  0  17  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  3  23 %
 Feb  1 "  3  24 %
 Mar  0 "  2  24 %
 Apr  0 "  1  26 %
 May  1 "  2  34 %
 Jun  1 "  3  43 %
 Jul  2 "  7  55 %
 Aug  2 "  7  57 %
 Sep  2 "  5  51 %
 Oct  1 "  4  40 %
 Nov  1 "  3  29 %
 Dec  1 "  3  24 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  1 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  2 "  0  1

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Cost of Living for El Paso Region, TX

El Paso Region, Texas cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

The region's median home cost is lower than those of Texas and national medians. The median housing cost in the Greater El Paso region was $140,200 in 2014 estimated, lower than the median housing cost in the U.S. ($188,900 - 2014 estimated).

Homes in El Paso are generally spacious and competitively priced. El Paso's half-dozen residential regions are defined in relation to the Franklin Mountains which divide the city east and west.

Senior Assistance in El Paso Region, TX

El Paso Region, Texas offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does El Paso Region Offer For Retirees?

As the fourth-largest manufacturing center on the continent, the region is home to a highly skilled and adept workforce, business-friendly taxes and incentives, and industry giants in manufacturing, automotive, biomedical, clean technologies, defense/homeland security and High Tech Electronics. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer as El Paso has more than 2,000 non-profit organizations in the community.

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