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Overview

Introduction to San Juan, Texas

San Juan, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 4 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 120 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city, which is in the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission area, has 26,229 residents.

San Juan History

This area was originally a part of two Spanish land grants issued to José María Ballí and Narciso Cabazos in 1767. Families of these two men occupied the land till the mid-1800s, and used it for farming and ranching. John Closner organized the community of San Juan in 1909 and the city is said to have been named after him. It was incorporated on December 29, 1917. Following the construction of the Virgen de San Juan del Valle Shrine in 1954, San Juan became a major attraction for tourists and pilgrims. This shrine suffered serious damages after Francis B. Alexander smashed a single-engine plane into it on October 23, 1970. The economy of San Juan is largely based upon agriculture, commerce, and tourism.

San Juan and Nearby Attractions

  • Virgen de San Juan del Valle Shrine
  • Anzalduas State Park
  • Weslaco Bicultural Museum
  • International Museum of Art & Science
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Gladys Porter Zoo

Things To Do In San Juan

The Virgen de San Juan del Valle Shrine, built by Rev. Alfonso Jalbert, is a major attraction for tourists and pilgrims. Weslaco Bicultural Museum features exhibits reflecting the heritage of Weslaco and Rio Grande Valley. A large collection of fine art and Latin American folk art is housed in the International Museum of Art & Science. A variety of recreational activities like boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park. The city of San Juan is also home to several parks including the North San Juan Park, Aldridge Park, Tierra Del Sol Park, Bears Trail Park, and Lions Park. Gladys Porter Zoo is also close by. Another popular destination is the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, which is spread over 2,000 acres and is a prime habitat for more than 400 species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other wildlife.

San Juan Transportation

McAllen Miller International Airport is close by.

San Juan Higher Education

South Texas Community College, Texas State Technical College - Harlingen, and University of Texas-Pan American are some of the colleges near San Juan.

People

Total Population 35,183
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 12,616
Age of the Population 27

Families

% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.3%
Median Earnings25+ $24,385
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,709
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,163

Wealth

Median Family Income $36,529
% Above Poverty Level 67.8%
% Below Poverty Level 32.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 12.1%
Median Gross Rent $574
Median House Value $78,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 94%
US/American 0%
English 1%
Irish 0.7%

San Juan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 120 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Hidalgo
Metro Area McAllen - Edinburg - Mission
Standard Zip Codes 78589
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.188
Longitude -98.155

San Juan 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 4.9 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 5.9 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 30.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamo 18,907 $39,313
Donna 16,169 $36,615
Edinburg 79,002 $48,433
Hidalgo 13,063 $45,228

San Juan Public Libraries

Library
San Juan Public Library
1010 S STANDARD AVE
San Juan, Texas
(956) 702-0926
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