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.



Total Population13,760
Male Share of the Population54%
Female Share of the Population46%
Senior Citizens10.7%
Employed Population 16+5,381
Age of the Population30


% of people married49%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.8%
Median Earnings25+$22,762
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,659
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,895


Median Family Income$37,474
% Above Poverty Level68.3%
% Below Poverty Level31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%


People Living Alone11.4%
Median Gross Rent$638
Median House Value$91,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)92.5%
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Hidalgo Almanac

CountyHidalgo County
Standard Zip Codes78557
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude26.1
Approximate Longitude-98.25

Hidalgo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance5.3 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
Distance6.2 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
Distance26.8 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp63 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 96 F
Oct Temp64 to 86 F
Annual Precip21.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
San Juan36,740$38,482

Hidalgo Public Libraries

Hidalgo Public Library
Hidalgo, Texas
(956) 843-2093

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Hidalgo Public Schools

Diaz J H
1312 E Pirate Dr
ZIP: 78557
(956) 843-4351
Total Enrollment 698
Dr Alejo Salinas Jr El
411 Ebano
ZIP: 78557
(956) 843-4251
Total Enrollment 408
Hidalgo Academy
310 Esperanza St
ZIP: 78557
(956) 843-3340
Total Enrollment 27
Hidalgo Early College H S
910 E Pirate Dr
ZIP: 78557
(956) 843-4301
Total Enrollment 954
Hidalgo El
601 Second St
ZIP: 78557
(956) 843-4226
Total Enrollment 377
Hidalgo J J A E P
310 Esperanza St
ZIP: 78557
(956) 843-4391
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