The Long Goodbye

The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates are out for El Paso County, and the years long trend of flatlined population growth continues.

Between 2016 and 2017, the county’s population increased from 837,147 to 840,410. That’s 3,263. Less than four tenths of one percent.

That is less than natural growth, i.e., births minus deaths.

Our stagnant population means that people are leaving El Paso. They’re fleeing.

Think about it. How many people do you know that have moved to El Paso in the last year? Do you have new neighbors? If you do, chances are that they moved in from another part of the city.

If you go out, to a restaurant or a bar or the symphony, you see the same faces, the same people. Native El Pasoans. No one is moving to El Paso.

Probably make you wonder why your property values went up so much this year.

The City thinks we can attract people, and industry, by offering shiny amenities, like ballparks and swim centers, but almost every city has ballparks and swim centers. We’re not offering them anything they can’t get somewhere else.

I guess it’s a sign of an inferiority complex, that, when El Paso is so unique, we try so hard to be like everywhere else.

When you leave, please turn out the lights.

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