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Overview

Introduction to Hidalgo, Texas

Hidalgo, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 6 miles S of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 128 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is in the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan area, and has a population of 7,322.

Hidalgo History

Spanish-colonizer Jose de Escandon was the first settler to arrive in 1749. For the next 150 years, the primary occupation of people in the region was cattle grazing. During this time, the area was referred to as "La Habitación", "Rancho San Luis", or "San Luisito". John Young, a Scottish-born merchant, established the town site in 1848 and named it "Edinburg" after his hometown of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1876, the name was changed to "Hidalgo" in honor of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the Mexican patriot. Hidalgo was incorporated the same year and was the only town in Hidalgo County until 1905, and served as the county seat till 1908. An irrigation pumphouse was established in 1910, and railroads arrived about three years later.

Hidalgo and Nearby Attractions

  • International Museum of Art & Science
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Gladys Porter Zoo
  • Bicultural Museum

Things To Do In Hidalgo

Hidalgo hosts Borderfest which provides entertainment throughout the year with concerts, carnivals, pageants, and performances. The Festival of Lights, which is South Texas' largest display of Christmas Lights, is organized by the residents during December. The International Museum of Art & Science houses exhibits pertaining to Latin American folk art and fine art. Activities like hiking, picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing can be enjoyed at the nearby Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park. The 133,000-acre Padre Island National Seashore offers opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and swimming. The city also includes the Pumphouse Museum which is a part of the World Birding Center. The museum features boilers and other machinery, while the surrounding area has a 5-mile bike trail and is home to different species of birds and butterflies.

Hidalgo Transportation

The nearest major airport is McAllen Miller International Airport.

Hidalgo Higher Education

University of Texas - Pan American, South Texas Community College, and Texas State Technical College - Harlingen are close to Hidalgo.

People

Total Population 13,287
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 7.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,902
Age of the Population 26

Families

% of people married 51.3%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.9%
Median Earnings25+ $20,625
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,784
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,106

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,281
% Above Poverty Level 69.8%
% Below Poverty Level 30.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 6.3%
Median Gross Rent $613
Median House Value $88,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 92.1%
US/American 0%
English 0.1%
Irish 0%

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

Hidalgo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of McAllen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 128 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Hidalgo
Metro Area McAllen - Edinburg - Mission
Standard Zip Codes 78557
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.111
Longitude -98.262

Hidalgo 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 5.3 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 6.2 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 SANTA ROSA 3 WNW
Distance 26.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamo 18,943 $42,574
Granjeno 288 $64,000

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

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710 E TEXANO DR
Hidalgo, Texas
(956) 843-2093
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910 E PIRATE DR
956-843-3160
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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