El Paso’s population growth continues to stagnate, according to this report in ElPasoMatters.org:
El Paso County’s population grew by fewer than 700 people between 2021 and 2022, continuing a flattening trend that has extended for more than a decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released on Thursday.
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Joe Hernandez, the owner of Hunter Automotive, which is also a U-Haul store near the Hunter Drive-Interstate 10 intersection, said that for the past several years the number of people renting equipment to move out of town easily surpasses the number of people who are returning equipment after moving into town.
“It is not even close,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t have enough equipment to rent because they pick it up here and they return it in another city. When I ask them why are they leaving, it’s the same answer — higher wages and better jobs.”
I’ve got my own theory about why people are leaving El Paso. Sure, it’s higher wages and better jobs. But that’s like saying that people are dying because they’re sick. Like they’re dying because their heart stopped. But that’s just a symptom of a greater malaise.
The inflection point in El Paso’s population growth happened in 2012. Since 2012, El Paso’s population has essentially flatlined. Around about 2012, the arrogance of the City of El Paso became more pronounced.
The City announced that they were blowing up City Hall to build a ballpark, and they were doing it without the say-so of the taxpayers.
Various iterations of City Council have racked up more than $569 million dollars in Certificates of Obligation. Plus interest. COs, you’ll recall, represent debt that is issued without voter approval.
That’s $569 million of arrogance. Plus interest. That’s more than half a billion dollars of our elected officials, and City Staff, and their puppet masters, showing you that they know better than you do what’s good for you.
City Hall makes it clear that your average El Pasoan doesn’t have a lot of say in the way things go here.
If you’re on the paying end of that deal, instead of the getting the benefit end of that deal, you might decide to leave, too. If you’re a taxpayer, you can run away from the debt, and many former El Pasoans have exercised that option.
The people who are rolling the dice by leaving town for a better life are the same people who might stay in El Paso and start businesses. They are the risk takers. The entrepreneurs.
For the most part, those people don’t like authority figures. They don’t like bullies. They don’t like arrogance,and they don’t like people telling them what they have to do.
I’m sure the people behind the wheel don’t care if you stay of if you go. Frankly, they’d probably rather you leave. They don’t like you very much, and you and your pesky votes are getting in their way.