Mcallen, Texas

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Mcallen, Texas

Introduction to McAllen, Texas

McAllen is a city located at the southern tip of Texas in an area known as the Rio Grande Valley. Only about five miles from the Mexican border, McAllen is situated along U.S. Route 83, which connects the Valley to West Texas. Other major highways servicing the city include U.S. Route 281 and Texas State Highway 107. Regional air transportation is available at Miller International Airport, which offers frequent daily flights to major hubs in Houston, Dallas and Mexico City.

Developer John McAllen settled in the Rio Grande Valley in the late 1800s and established a town site in 1904 known as West McAllen. Shortly thereafter, other developers started a nearby town which they named East McAllen. The two groups eventually joined forces and in 1911 the City of McAllen was incorporated. Over the next several centuries, McAllen experienced steady growth and by the 1970s saw an increase in industrial trade and manufacturing brought about by activation of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ). The passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1990s enhanced the impact of the FTZ, resulting in the creation of several thousand new jobs in both the U.S. and Reynosa, Mexico. Over the last three decades, McAllen has transformed into the regional Valley leader in commerce and government and has become home to a large number of national businesses.

Attractions in McAllen and Rio Grande Valley

The International Museum of Art and Science is an outstanding art and science museum located in McAllen. Mexican arts and crafts are displayed in the North Gallery, while the Earth Science Gallery features a long-term exhibition of dinosaur tracks as well as a working meteorological display. The Museum of South Texas History contains a large collection of exhibits and artifacts covering South Texas history including Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, Rio Grande steamboat era, early ranching and farming, etc. Nature lovers will appreciate Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center, whose mission is to preserve the 1930s adobe estate and the native plants and animals of the Rio Grande Valley. The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1943, is home to many birds, waterfowl, and animals native to the Valley. The 2,000-acre preserve recalls life as it was in the region in the early 1900s before it became heavily developed. Another outdoor venue is the Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, which features over 500 acres of moist woodlands and dry chaparral brush lands and is ideal for camping, hiking, and picnicking.

Professional sports in the Rio Grande Valley are embodied by three regional teams: The Edinburg Coyotes, based in nearby Edinburg, Texas, are an independent minor league baseball team which competes in the United League. The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees are a professional ice hockey team which is based in Hidalgo, Texas and belongs to the Central Hockey League. Also residing in Hidalgo are the Rio Grande Valley Dorados, a professional arena football team and member of the af2 league.

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High Points

Mcallen strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Texas):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Mcallen Affordability of Rents
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 19% Mcallen College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Mcallen, Texas

Comparing Mcallen to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Texas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Racial Diversity 8 8
Senior Citizens 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Age of the Population 2 2
Well-Paid Single Men 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 9
Median Family Income 1 4
People Above Poverty 1 2
People in Middle Class or Better 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 8
Working at Home 6 7
Walking and Biking to Work 4 8
Public Transportation Use 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 8
Affordability of Rents 9 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 9
People Living Alone 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 4 3
Low Property Crime 1 1

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Mcallen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 121 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Hidalgo
Metro Area McAllen - Edinburg - Mission
Standard Zip Codes 78501, 78503, 78504
P.O. Box Zip Codes 78502, 78505
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.203
Longitude -98.229

Mcallen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.3 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
Station MC COOK
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 69 F
Apr Temp 63 to 86 F
Jul Temp 74 to 98 F
Oct Temp 64 to 87 F
Annual Precip 21.6 inches
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 69 F
Apr Temp 63 to 85 F
Jul Temp 75 to 96 F
Oct Temp 64 to 86 F
Annual Precip 21.4 inches
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Mcallen Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 106,414 100%
Male 50,438 47.4%
Female 55,976 52.6%
Under 18 32,737 30.8%
18+ 73,677 69.2%
65+ 11,095 10.4%
Median Age 30.5
Average Family Size 3.64
White 83,491 78.5%
African-American 647 0.6%
Asian 2,059 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 429 0.4%
Other 16,864 15.8%
Mixed Race 2,883 2.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 85,427 80.3%

Estimated Mcallen Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 123,622
Growth 17,208
Growth % 16.2%

Mcallen Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.1%
US/American 3.2%
German 3.1%
English 2.3%
Irish 1.7%
Italian 0.6%
Swedish 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Polish 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bonner (78505)
Kane (78505)
McColl (78505)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mcallen 106,414 $36,050
Alamo 14,760 $24,827
Granjeno 313 $19,904
Hidalgo 7,322 $20,357
Mission 45,408 $33,465
Pharr 46,660 $25,916
San Juan 26,229 $23,314

Mcallen Public Libraries

Mcallen Memorial Library
Mcallen, Texas
(956) 682-4531
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Mcallen Hospitals

1900 SO D ST
(936) 632-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

(956) 632-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Mcallen

(As of 2005)
10th & Jonquil
3509 N 10th St
10th & Trenton
7017 N 10th

Wal-mart in Mcallen

(As of 2006)
4001 North 23Rd
(956) 687-8285
1200 E. Jackson Ave.
(956) 686-4311
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Mcallen High Schools (2004)

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A Title I School.
Serves 2,014 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

A Title I School.
Serves 1,974 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

2101 N WARE RD
A Title I School.
Serves 1,893 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

1009 N 10TH ST
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

200 N 17TH ST
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 202 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 106.3

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.2

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 87 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43.5

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 76 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 38

A Non-traditional School
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

2000 N 23RD ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.

3900 N 23RD
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

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