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Overview

Introduction to Donna, Texas

Donna, Texas is 11 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 119 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is in Hidalgo county. The city is part of the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metro area.

Donna History

This region originally formed a part of the La Blanca Land Grant that was given to Lino Cabazos in May, 1834. John F. Webber was the first Anglo-American settler who moved to this area in 1839 to escape being persecuted for his marriage to a former slave, Sylvia Hector. Thomas Jefferson Hooks established the LaBlanca Agricultural Company in 1902 and purchased 23,000 acres in Hidalgo County. He gave a part of this area to his daughter, Donna Hooks Fletcher. A town was established in 1904 when the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway arrived in this area. In 1907, a depot station was set up and the town was named Donna.

Donna and nearby Attractions

  • Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum
  • International Museum of Art & Science
  • Bicultural Museum
  • Alamo Country Club

Things To Do In Donna

The Rio Grande Valley, which surrounds Donna, is a highly favored tourist destination. Popular locations within the Rio Grande Valley include Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Port Isabel Lighthouse, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, a 2,088-acre refuge. It is counted among the best birding areas in the country with 397 species of birds having been documented within the park.

Donna Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at MC Allen Miller International Airport.

Donna Higher Education

The University of Texas, South Texas Community College, and Texas State Technical College provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 16,292
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,472
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.1%
Median Earnings25+ $22,057
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,824
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,262

Wealth

Median Family Income $34,969
% Above Poverty Level 66.1%
% Below Poverty Level 33.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 19.5%
Median Gross Rent $568
Median House Value $55,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 87.8%
US/American 0%
English 0.8%
Irish 0.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Donna Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Hidalgo
Metro Area McAllen - Edinburg - Mission
Standard Zip Codes 78537
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.17
Longitude -98.051

Donna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WESLACO 2 E
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 69 F
Apr Temp 64 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 95 F
Oct Temp 64 to 86 F
Annual Precip 25.3 inches
Station MCALLEN MILLER INTL AP
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 70 F
Apr Temp 66 to 86 F
Jul Temp 76 to 96 F
Oct Temp 66 to 86 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches
Station MCALLEN
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 69 F
Apr Temp 64 to 85 F
Jul Temp 75 to 96 F
Oct Temp 65 to 86 F
Annual Precip 22.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Donna, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

La Tijera (78537)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamo 18,943 $42,574

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Donna Public Libraries

Library
Donna Public Library
301 S MAIN ST
Donna, Texas
(956) 464-2221
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Donna High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

DONNA HIGH SCHOOL
116 N 10TH ST
956-464-1700
A Title I School.
Serves 1,710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

HIDALGO CO J J A E P
116 N 10TH ST
956-688-6123
A Non-traditional School
Serves 3 students.

DONNA ADJUSTMENT AND GUIDANCE CENT
116 N 10TH ST
956-464-1771
A Non-traditional School

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