Haylee: I just happened to grow up in El Paso and know this place well! As with any area, there are good and bad neighborhoods. El Paso has been named one of America's safest cities for several years. I'm not trying to minimize anything in this city or any other city for that matter, but I'm sure your unit will provide plenty of safety briefing info. The violence you read about is primarily across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. That said, I believe military have been restircted from traveling into Juarez since around January 2008.
Here's a link to the El Paso Police Department Crime Statistics: http://www.ci.el-paso.tx.us/police/...
(You can click on the different zip codes and get an idea of what things look like.)
The good news is that lots of great restaurants from Juarez have set up shop in El Paso! That means you can enjoy some of the best and authentic Mexican Food all over the city of El Paso.
I know many El Pasoans travel to Dallas to watch the Cowboys or even to Phoenix to catch the Cardinals. Since there is no NFL Team in El Paso, a short hop on a plane or a 7 hour drive gets you there. WIthin the city limits, you have The UTEP Miners (The University of Texas at El Paso) who offer some exciting sporting events. You also have special events such as big name concerts, boxing matches, horsebck riding, rodeo, car racing, youth sports, and plenty of other activities in El Paso. It's all about what you make of it. You should get a Welcome Packet from your new unit that lists lots of things to do.
El Paso is all about the people. You will meet lots of friendly people in this city. El Paso has lots of LIVE music, skiing in New Mexico only 2 hours away, mountains for hiking or biking, and most importantly, a strong respect and high support of the military!
Hope this helps!
I hope you both enjoy El Paso and congratulations on the completion of AIT!
Charles "Chazz" Pratt III
USAA Military Spouse Community GOING CIVILIAN Blog
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