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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,349
Male Share of the Population50.6%
Female Share of the Population49.4%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+5,313
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married49%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11%
Median Earnings25+$21,220
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,946
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,750

Wealth

Median Family Income$31,801
% Above Poverty Level63.8%
% Below Poverty Level36.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone19.2%
Median Gross Rent$548
Median House Value$55,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86.9%
Italian1.2%
French Except Basque0.8%
Irish0.7%
English0.7%
Arab0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Scottish0.2%
Polish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Belgian0.1%
German0.1%
Swedish0.1%
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Donna Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hidalgo County
Standard Zip Codes78537
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude26.16
Approximate Longitude-98.05

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)

StationWESLACO 2 E
Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp64 to 85 F
Jul Temp74 to 95 F
Oct Temp64 to 86 F
Annual Precip25.3 inches
StationMCALLEN MILLER INTL AP
Distance11.3 miles
Jan Temp50 to 70 F
Apr Temp66 to 86 F
Jul Temp76 to 96 F
Oct Temp66 to 86 F
Annual Precip22.9 inches
StationMCALLEN
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp64 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 96 F
Oct Temp65 to 86 F
Annual Precip22.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alamo19,021$43,105
Mercedes16,501$34,778
Progreso5,826$44,254
Progreso Lakes281$88,750
San Juan35,983$37,263

Donna Public Libraries

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

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Donna Public Schools

3d Academy
2110 Hester Ave
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1254
High
Total Enrollment 87
A M Ochoa El
424 S 11th St
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
A P Solis Middle
700 S Ave
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1650
Middle
Total Enrollment 735
C Stainke El
1309 S Ave
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1940
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Daniel Singleterry Sr
9113 N Val Verde Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1845
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
Donna Alternative Education Program
2006 Silver St
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1954
Other
Donna H S
1/2 Mile E Wood Ave
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1700
High
Total Enrollment 1890
Donna North H S
7250 N Val Verde Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-4190
High
Total Enrollment 1772
Dora M Sauceda Middle
520 N Vly View Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1360
Middle
Total Enrollment 791
Eloy Garza Salazar El
3207 N Goolie Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1977
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Excel Academy Campus
2006 Silver Ave
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1600
Other
Total Enrollment 65
Guzman El
510 S D Salinas Blvd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1920
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Idea Academy
401 S 1st St
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-0203
Primary
Total Enrollment 700
Idea College Prep
401 S 1st St
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-0203
Other
Total Enrollment 795
J W Caceres El
503 S Hutto Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1995
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Julian S Adame
5001 N Fm 493
ZIP: 78537
(956) 461-4010
Primary
Total Enrollment 853
Le Noir El
316 N Main St
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1685
Primary
Total Enrollment 592
M Rivas El
503 S Hutto Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1990
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Maria Alicia P Munoz El
1901 E Roosevelt
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1310
Primary
Total Enrollment 836
Patricia S Garza El
8801 Alberta Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1886
Primary
Total Enrollment 849
Runn El
1701 E Hwy 281
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1864
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
T Price El
2906 E Roberts
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1303
Primary
Total Enrollment 497
Veterans Middle
3207 N Golie Rd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1350
Middle
Total Enrollment 1004
W A Todd Middle
400 N Salinas Blvd
ZIP: 78537
(956) 464-1600
Middle
Total Enrollment 827
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