El Paso isn't anywhere near sea level. The city sits at about 3,740' above sea level, with the highest point being in the Franklin Mountains at about 7,192'. Someone recently jumped on Reddit to ask about the elevation and if it's something to be worried about. Here is the original post.

Hi everyone. I've lived my entire life at sea level. I received a job offer in El Paso and I'd like to accept, but I'm worried about the altitude. I would appreciate if someone can answer my questions.

  1. Do you think I would get altitude sickness if I moved here?

  2. Do you ever really fully adapt to the altitude? Or will it always be uncomfortable?

  3. Should I just reject the offer? El Paso seems like a great place otherwise, but feeling sick all the time doesn't sound appealing.

If anyone wants to share their own experience dealing with the elevation, that would be great. Thanks.

Someone clearly thought about this more than I ever did. I moved from Portland around 50' above sea level to South Florida, which is at sea level, back to Portland, and now I'm in El Paso. Not only was this something that didn't even pop up as a concern, I'm pretty sure I've had no issues since I moved here.

So what were some responses to this concern?

From Wikipedia: “Altitude sickness can first occur at 1,500 metres” (that’s 4,921 feet)

El Paso is at 3,740 feet, more than 1000 feet below where the altitude sickness even begins

Well, that should just about settle it. But we can't end there. Someone was bringing that jokes.

I'd be more worried about the attitude homie lol

Someone else added some other insights into moving to El Paso.

There are many places in the US that are at a much higher altitude. I’d be more concerned with learning to adapt with the dryness and dust. I grew up at sea level, on the actual beach, and while I miss the water I still really love living in EP. My biggest complaints are that I have to drink noticeably more water here to stay hydrated and I hate the blowing dust, but there are worse things to deal with in other places.

And finally, what about someone with experience going straight from sea level to El Paso?

I lived in Tampa before I moved here (sea level). I took about 3 months to get used to it. You can buy these altitude simulators face masks. Runners use them all the time. And test yourself before you come out. Honestly what helped me is doing cardio when I got here. Started slow but it does help. It's not like you feel it the moment you step out of the plane but it's more like if you do something like yard work that you would have normally done at sea level and you just kinda look around like " am I getting old? I'm out of breath."

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