Regional Demographics

Regional Demographics

The Borderplex Region

  • Labor Force:
    • 2.7 million people
    • Attracts strong technical talent
      • In addition to the current labor pool, the universities continue to pull in international talent in the form of over 3,000 annual international students from 115+ countries.
    • One-day drive time to 115.4 million population
  • Education:
    • Over 139,000 students across 50+ institutions
    • Nearly 164,000 graduate or professional degrees
    • Area Universities:
      • New Mexico State University
      • University of Texas El Paso
      • Texas Tech
      • Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
      • Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Juárez
      • TecMilenio University, Ciudad Juárez
      • Tecnológico de Monterrey de Ciudad Juárez
    • University Rankings:
      • NMSU’s Carnegie Classification is R2: Doctoral Universities – Higher Research Activity, and its sponsored award expenditures amounted to more than $110 million in fiscal year 2016.
      • $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending.
      • The state of Chihuahua ranked 7th of 32 Mexican states for Science, Technology, and Innovation.-Foro Consultivo Cientifico y Tecnologico (FCCyT) 2013.
  • Airport Destinations:
    • 1 international airport onsite that handles private aircraft.
    • 2 international airports with 27 nonstop destinations, reaching major hubs like:
      • Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Mexico City
  • Rail equidistant between the Ports of Long Beach/LA and Port of Houston.
  • Population that drives:
    • 8% drive to work while 1.4% use public transportation (LC/EP CSA)
    • 23-minute avg commute time (11% less than national average)
  • Corporate locations:
    • Presence of industry leaders such as Virgin Galactic, Foxconn, Delphi, Visteon, TPI Composites, Electrolux, Bombardier, Bell Helicopter, Johnson & Johnson, Lear Corporation, Elcom, and Helen of Troy.
  •  Sustainability:
    • Water Desalination:
      • The Los Santos development is partnering with New Mexico State University, the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority, the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Union Pacific, and the Border Industrial Association to plan for a future desalination plant.
    • El Paso Electric:
      • 100% coal-free energy production
      • Over 110 MW of solar generating plants
      • Offers a number of energy efficiency programs to commercial industry.
    • Regionally, we support over 50 MW of wind power, 110 MW of solar
    • Afton Solar Energy Zone:
      • New Mexico's only federal land designated for utility-scale solar development.
      • Nearly 30,000 acres available with 345 kV transmission line running through property.