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El Paso fares well compared to other cities, but still low on education

By: Ruben Veloz, Houston Chronicle

EL PASO, Texas--New numbers just released give an interesting look at how the city of El Paso compares to the rest of the state.

According to the Census Bureau, El Paso seems to do fairly well when compared to other cities, but still has room for improvement.

According to the Census Bureau, El Paso is a city with a population of more than 631,000 people, and more than 500,000 of them are either Hispanic or Latino.

In 2012, only 76.6 percent of El Pasoans who live in the city graduated high school.

That's about 4 percent lower than the state average, which is at 81.4 percent.

Some El Pasoans were a bit surprised by the figures.

"I definitely think it should be higher, because I think it's easier to attain a diploma from high school versus a degree from college," said west El Pasoan Jennifer Patrick

However the number of high school graduates in Texas is actually much higher than those with a college degree.

In El Paso only 22.6 percent of the city's population has a bachelor's degree, that's also about 4 percent lower than the state's average.

"You have to have the drive and the motivation to go through it," said Patrick. "There are so many programs, there are so many grants and scholarships that people can like go out and try to apply for."

The report also shows the unemployment rate in El Paso was better than the rest of the state, which was at 8.9 percent in 2012.

That's about 3 percent lower than the national average.

"I don't feel like we've been hit by a lot of these financial crisis and employment crisis that you hear about," said east El Pasoan Megan Aizpuro, "Even just looking at the demographic of El Paso, from one side of the mountain to another, things are completely different."

The statistics don't take into account transient populations like soldiers at Fort Bliss or people who live in Juarez, Mexico but work in El Paso.

El Pasoans believe there's definitely room for growth.

"Yes there are certain levels of poverty, and there are certain statistics that we can look at and draw conclusions from" said Aizpuro, "but at the end of the day that's not necessarily the case."

For a complete list go to this link: Life in Texas by the numbers

 

 

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