Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, you can fall in love, or you can end up in a windy dust devil. The choice is never up to you. It's a crapshoot in this beautiful city of ours, which means there are very legit fears for anyone who grows up here.

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By now it's probably been genetically implanted in DNA to hyperventilate at the sight of a jury summons in the mail.

Here are six fears El Pasoans worry about every day, and if you think you know any more El Paso phobias, let us know in the POLL at the end:


Traffic Tickets

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Texas writes more speeding tickets annually than every other state except California Florida Georgia and New York. In one year Texas police officers issued nearly 700,000 speeding tickets. I can tell you as an El Pasoite, this definitely scares me.


Diabetes

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One of the main comorbidities for covid-19 hospitalization and death, diabetes is a common complaint among El Pasoans. Out of our entire population, about 12% of people have diabetes. The national average is 9%, so at least El Pasoans can say they're better than everybody else at something. If you have 10 friends, you should be worried, because one of them has diabetes, or will get it.


Dialysis

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According to healthypasodelnorte.org 30% of El Paso's Medicare population, or the number of people enrolled in medicare, have chronic kidney disease, an indicator correlated with dialysis. This is by far the highest number compared to any of our surrounding counties. Luna, New Mexico is half with 16%. Hudspeth county comes close but not really at 25%. So El Pasoans should probably be worrying about their kidneys before they get to Medicare age.


Teen Babies

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In Texas, 2% of all births are by team mothers, according to a report by healthypasodelnorte.org. In El Paso however, 3% of all births are by teen mothers, which means El Paso has almost 33% more teen pregnancies than the rest of El Paso. Parents of teens or teens if you're reading this, be afraid be very afraid.


Adults Living With Parents

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According to a survey conducted by namechk.com, the national average of adults living with their parents is 7%. But in El Paso, we do things bigger and better. Here the average is almost twice as high with almost 13.5% of El Paso adults living with their parents. If you're a young adult growing up in El Paso and aren't afraid of this scenario, you are a FOOL.


Child Support

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Don't lie, we know you're terrified of the end of the month.



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