Place:El Paso, Texas, United States

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El Paso County is the westernmost county in Texas. It is one of the nine counties that comprise the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. As of the 2012 census estimate, the population was 827,398, making it the sixth most populous county in Texas. Its county seat is El Paso.

El Paso is short for "El Paso del Norte" which is Spanish for "The Pass of the North." It is named for the pass the Rio Grande creates through the mountains on either side of the river. This county is east from the Mexican border.

The El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of El Paso County. Along with Hudspeth County, it is one of only two counties in the state of Texas to fall into the Mountain Time Zone, instead of Central Time.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1850 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1856 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1861 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1866 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1866 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 4,051
1870 3,671
1880 3,845
1890 15,678
1900 24,886
1910 52,599
1920 101,877
1930 131,597
1940 131,067
1950 194,968
1960 314,070
1970 359,291
1980 479,899
1990 591,610

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