Socorro is a city in El Paso County, Texas, United States on the north bank of the Rio Grande southeast of El Paso and on the border ofMexico. El Paso adjoins it on the west and the smaller city of San Elizario on the southeast; small unincorporated areas of El Paso County separate it from the nearby municipalities of Horizon City to the north and Clint to the east. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 27,152. By the 2010 census, the number had grown to 32,013. It is part of the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is El Paso County's second-largest municipality, after El Paso. It has a council manager type of government with five city council members.
|Motto: City with a Mission|
Location of Socorro, Texas
|Coordinates: 31°38′29″N 106°16′29″W|
Socorro is located at (31.641340, -106.274756).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.06 square miles (57.13 km2), of which 22.03 square miles (57.07 km2) is land and 0.023 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.10%, is water.
Socorro was established in 1680 by Spaniards and Piro Indians fleeing the Pueblo Revolt in northern New Mexico. It took its name fromSocorro, New Mexico, the town in central New Mexico from which the Piros had originated, which had been given the name Socorro (Spanish for "aid" or "succor") by the Spaniards due to the helpful attitude of the Piro toward the Spaniards at the time of first contact. The probable date of a Mass celebrated in the mission church of Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción del Socorro, October 13, 1680, is regarded as the founding date of the city called Socorro the Spaniards and the Piro they brought south with them from New Mexico established in Texas. It was first incorporated in 1871 and was re-incorporated in 1985 in response to an annexation attempt from neighboring El Paso.
Bulldog Championship Park - Park includes splash park, amphitheater, walking trails, and a pond.
Socorro Mission - Franciscan Mission build around 1840 to serve the Native American population in the area.
Socorro Entertainment Center - Native American entertainment and concert venue. Past and upcoming concerts include national acts such as Counting Crows, Gipsy Kings, KC and the Sunshine Band, BB King, Everclear, Soul Asylum, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and many more.