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Overview

Introduction to Pharr, Texas

Pharr, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 2 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 121 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is included in the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan area.

Pharr History

Pharr was originally part of the Spanish land grant of 1767 which was given to Juan Jo’s Hinojosa. Henry N. Pharr and John Connally Kelley purchased the land in 1909. Henry Pharr was also founder of the Louisiana and Rio Grande Canal Company. He built an irrigation system in the area in order to establish a sugar plantation. Later on, the city was named after Henry N. Pharr. The St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway first entered the city around 1911. The city of Pharr was formally incorporated in 1916. The Phar-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District was established in 1919.

Pharr and nearby Attractions

  • Anzalduas State Park
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
  • Old Clock Museum
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Gladys Porter Zoo

Things To Do In Pharr

During your stay in Pharr, you can visit Victor Garcia Municipal Park, Memorial Park, Universal Estates Park, Trinity Ridge Park, Witten Park, and Jones Box Park. At Williams Wildscapes you can enjoy bird-watching and you may spot the Black-headed Nightingale Thrush, Slate-throated Red Star, and Blue Mockingbird. It has also preserved a number of native habitats. Golf lovers can enjoy the facilities offered by Palm View Golf Course and Martin's Valley Ranch Golf Course.

Pharr Transportation

McAllen Miller International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Pharr Higher Education

Southern Careers Institute-South Texas is located within the city. South Texas Community College and The University of Texas-Pan American are also nearby.

People

Total Population 74,273
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 10.7%
Employed Population 16+ 26,106
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 51.2%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.8%
Median Earnings25+ $22,949
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,781

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,184
% Above Poverty Level 66.1%
% Below Poverty Level 33.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 14%
Median Gross Rent $691
Median House Value $71,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 90.3%
US/American 0%
English 1%
Irish 0.9%

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

Pharr Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Hidalgo
Metro Area McAllen - Edinburg - Mission
Standard Zip Codes 78577
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.194
Longitude -98.194

Pharr 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 MCALLEN MILLER INTL AP
Distance 2.5 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 3.5 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
Station HARLINGEN
Distance 32.8 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 69 F
Apr Temp 64 to 84 F
Jul Temp 74 to 95 F
Oct Temp 64 to 85 F
Annual Precip 28.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Las Milpas (78577)

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
Edinburg 80,924 $48,044
Granjeno 288 $64,000
Hidalgo 13,287 $43,281

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

Pharr Public Libraries

Library
Pharr Memorial Library
200 S ATHOL ST
Pharr, Texas
(956) 787-3966

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Pharr High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PSJA H S
1229 S I RD
956-783-2200
A Title I School.
Serves 2,178 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

PSJA NORTH H S
500 E NOLANA LOOP
956-783-3300
A Title I School.
Serves 2,060 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

VALLEY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
61/2 MI S JACKSON RD
956-843-9222
A Title I School.
Serves 711 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

TEENAGE PARENT PROG
301 S DOGWOOD
956-702-5806
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 115 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

BUELL CENTRAL H S
218 E JUAREZ ST
956-702-5713
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 82 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.6

STUDENT ALTER PROG
804 E HWY 83
956-702-5600
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30

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