02/14/2013 09:04 am ET

Ciudad Juarez Takes Off And El Paso Suffers The Consequences

As Ciudad Juárez witnesses a dip in murders, many Mexicans are feeling safe to return home – and realtors and apartment managers in El Paso, Texas are starting to miss the extra business.

“We noticed a decrease in the amount of occupancy here by an average of about 5 percent within our company. We heard in other areas it was up to 10 percent,” said Nathan Ridgeway, district manager of Resource Residential, which operates five apartment complexes in El Paso.

By 2010, an estimated 400,000 people, or one-third of Ciudad Juárez’s population, had fled the cartel-dominated city once it became the murder capital of the world, according to Census data.

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