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Overview

Introduction to Alamo, Texas

Alamo, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 6 miles E of McAllen, Texas and 119 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is located in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area.

Alamo History

The city of Alamo is located in the irrigated areas of southern Hidalgo County. It was officially incorporated in the year 1924. The community was named Alamo after the Alamo Land and Sugar Company, which established the city in 1909. Alamo is primarily a winter-resort area with abundant growth of citrus fruits and vegetables. It is also one of the Valley’s gateway’s to Mexico. Alamo has been nicknamed the "Land of Two Summers."

Alamo and nearby Attractions

  • International Museum of Art & Science
  • Mount Zion Church
  • Alamo Arcaute Public Library
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Alamo

The International Museum of Art & Science showcases exhibits of fine art and Latin American folk art. A visit to the Bicultural Museum may prove fruitful for those interested in learning more about the history of Weslaco and Rio Grande Valley. The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is another popular tourist haunts near the city. At the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park one can enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing.

Alamo Transportation

Mc Allen Miller International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Alamo Higher Education

The South Texas Community College and The University of Texas-Pan American are close to the city.

People

Total Population 18,943
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,122
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 54.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.7%
Median Earnings25+ $25,215
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,552
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,485

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,574
% Above Poverty Level 69.5%
% Below Poverty Level 30.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 22%
Median Gross Rent $552
Median House Value $65,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82.3%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 1.1%

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

Alamo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 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 78516
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.194
Longitude -98.122

Alamo 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 6.9 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 7.9 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 MISSION 4 W
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 70 F
Apr Temp 64 to 87 F
Jul Temp 75 to 98 F
Oct Temp 64 to 87 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Campo Alto (78516)

El Gato (78516)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Donna 16,292 $34,969
Edinburg 80,924 $48,044

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

Alamo Public Libraries

Library
Lalo Arcaute Public Library
502 E DURANTA ST
Alamo, Texas
(956) 787-6160
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PSJA MEMORIAL H S
800 S ALAMO RD
956-783-3600
A Title I School.
Serves 1,787 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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