Situated in the middle of the desert in between the Franklin Mountains and the Rio Grande, El Paso City has been able to keep the rustic western town appeal while maintaining its reputation as a main economic, financial and cultural hub.
Within El Paso City, there are three main school districts; The Ysleta Independent School District, the Socorro Independent School District and The El Paso Independent School District. The city has within its school districts, 101 public elementary schools, 33 middle/junior high schools, 22 high schools, 8 specialty schools, 3 adult learning centers, and a couple of alternative schools. There is even an international language school, an academy of science and technology, an entrepreneur center and an early childhood center. There are 50 private schools and over 25 parochial schools within El Paso City. Among the private schools in this region are renowned for their academic excellence and have been known as the nation's best. Two schools that have received the prestigious Blue Ribbon award are St. Clement's Episcopal Parish School and Loretto Academy. There are two other private schools within the city of El Paso that provide specialized technical, mechanical, or academic education.
The two major educational hubs within the region are El Paso and Juarez. They are known for their diversity within academics to make sure that their students are well-rounded individuals. The University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico State University, the University of Phoenix and the El Paso Community College are the most prominent institutions within the region. Along with these schools, there are several other excellent choices like Howard Payne University, the University of Phoenix, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso and Webster University.
The economy with the city is mostly based off of worldwide trade due to its nearness to the border of Mexico. It is amongst the biggest sources of employment within the area. Around half of the top 20 companies are government-related, like the United States Department of Justice. Manufacturing is another important trade for El Paso's economy. The textile and apparel business that the city used to be renowned for is presently going through a downward spiral, even though production of computers, electronics and plastic and rubber products continue to increase. Over the years, some Fortune 500 companies have worked out of the city of El Paso.