The elevation of a location tells us how high or low it is in relation to the mean sea level of Earth and is an important geographical statistic for town planning, weather prediction, and other uses. The elevation of El Paso is 3,740 feet (1,140 m), which is very high when compared to many other key locations around the United States, with most major cities being located in coastal regions with elevations of 500 feet (152 m) or less. The Franklin Mountains State Park is located inside El Paso, which contributes to the high mean elevation of the city itself. The highest point within El Paso's city limits is North Franklin Mountain, which has an elevation of 7,192 feet (2,192 m).
Despite the high elevation of El Paso and its mountains, the state of Texas isn’t actually one of the highest in general. The state is well-known for being filled with many different landscapes, resulting in a wide elevation differential from the highest point to the lowest. The mean elevation of the state of Texas is 1,700 feet (520 m), meaning that the elevation of El Paso is more than double the state average. The highest point in Texas point is Guadalupe Peak, which has an elevation of 8,751 feet (2,667 m), while the lowest point is the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, which are technically at sea level.
El Paso is one of the highest major cities in the state of Texas. The state’s capital, Austin, has a relatively low elevation of just 489 feet (149 m). Other major cities include Dallas, which has an elevation of 430 feet (131 m), San Antonio, which has an elevation of 650 feet (198 m), and Houston, which is situated at a very low elevation of only 80 feet (32 m). As these statistics show, El Paso has a much higher elevation than Texas’ largest cities. The highest Texan city, however, is Fort Davis, which has an elevation of 4,900 feet (1,494 m).