Paso is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County,
Texas, United States, and part of the American Southwest.
According to the United States Census Bureau's 2006
population estimates, the city had a population of
606,913. It is the sixth-largest city in Texas and the
22nd-largest city in the United States. Its metropolitan
area covers all of El Paso County. The metropolitan area has
a population of 736,310.
El Paso stands on the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte),
across the border from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. The image
to the right shows Downtown El Paso and Juárez, with the
Juárez Mountains in the background. The two cities form a
combined International Area with Juarez being the
significantly larger of the two. Together they have a
combined population of 2,049,648, with Juárez accounting for
2/3 of the population. 
El Paso is home to the University of Texas at El Paso
(founded in 1914 as The Texas State School of Mines and
Metallurgy). Fort Bliss, a major United States Army
installation, lies to the east and northeast of the city,
with training areas extending north into New Mexico, up to
the White Sands Missile Range. The Franklin Mountains extend
into El Paso from the north and nearly divide the city into
two sections, with downtown connecting the two sections at
the south end of the mountain range.
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