Introduction to Rio Grande City, Texas

Rio Grande City, Texas, in Starr county, is 38 miles W of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 131 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Rio Grande City History

Rio Grande City was originally settled in 1846. Henry Clay Davis, a soldier of the Mexican-American war, married Hilaria de la Garza Falcon and settled in the area now known as Rio Grande City. In order to organize the area into a city, Davis subdivided the land into plots after the war ended. Initially, the area was known as Rancho Davis. Later on, it was renamed Rio Grande City. The Texas Mexican Railroad first entered the city in 1883.

Rio Grande City and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Ringgold
  • Falcon State Recreation Park
  • City of Mission Museum
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bentson-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Things To Do In Rio Grande City

Rio Grande City offers the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreational activities. You can visit the Fort Ringgold Historic Site and Primera Iglesia Bautista Church during your leisure hours. The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Bentson-Rio Grande Valley State Park, and Falcon State Park are also worth visiting. The city offers numerous shopping centers and restaurants. Apart from these, Rio Grande City also organizes a number of recreational events throughout the year.

Rio Grande City Transportation

Air transportation is available from McAllen Miller International Airport.

Rio Grande City Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by several universities and colleges including South Texas Community College, Texas State Technical College-Harlingen, and The University of Texas at Brownsville.



Total Population14,310
Male Share of the Population50.9%
Female Share of the Population49.1%
Senior Citizens11.8%
Employed Population 16+5,352
Age of the Population31


% of people married39.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.7%
Median Earnings25+$22,275
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,768
Median Earnings With High School Degree$18,881


Median Family Income$41,897
% Above Poverty Level72.2%
% Below Poverty Level27.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%


People Living Alone25.6%
Median Gross Rent$577
Median House Value$71,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)92.4%
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Rio Grande City Almanac

County Starr County
Standard Zip Codes78582
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude26.55
Approximate Longitude-98.72

Rio Grande City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance0.3 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp62 to 88 F
Jul Temp74 to 99 F
Oct Temp63 to 87 F
Annual Precip21.6 inches
StationMC COOK
Distance28 miles
Jan Temp47 to 69 F
Apr Temp63 to 86 F
Jul Temp74 to 98 F
Oct Temp64 to 87 F
Annual Precip21.6 inches
StationMISSION 4 W
Distance28.4 miles
Jan Temp48 to 70 F
Apr Temp64 to 87 F
Jul Temp75 to 98 F
Oct Temp64 to 87 F
Annual Precip22.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
La Joya4,229$48,839
Sullivan City4,125$31,100

Rio Grande City Public Libraries

Rio Grande City Public Library
Rio Grande City, Texas
(956) 487-4389

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Rio Grande City Hospitals

Starr County Memorial Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
2573 Hospital Court

Rio Grande City Public Schools

Alto Bonito El
753 Fm 2360
ZIP: 78582
(956) 487-6295
Total Enrollment 622
Dr Mario E Ramirez El
8001 Trophy Rd
ZIP: 78582
(956) 487-4457
Total Enrollment 514
General Ricardo Sanchez El
2801 W Eisenhower St
ZIP: 78582
(956) 487-7095
Total Enrollment 819
Ignite Pub Sch And Com Serv Ctr At Rio Grande City
5103 S Embassy
ZIP: 78582
(956) 488-8883
Total Enrollment 169
John & Olive Hinojosa El
2448 Embassy St
ZIP: 78582
(956) 487-3710
Total Enrollment 545
North Grammar El
1400 N Lopez St
ZIP: 78582
(956) 716-6917
Total Enrollment 631
Preparatory For Early College H S
144 Fm 3167
ZIP: 78582
(956) 488-6000
Total Enrollment 122
Ramiro Barrera Middle
258 N Fm 649
ZIP: 78582
(956) 486-2670
Total Enrollment 641
Ringgold El
1 S Fort Ringgold
ZIP: 78582
(956) 716-6929
Total Enrollment 483
Ringgold Middle
144 Fm 3167
ZIP: 78582
(956) 716-6851
Total Enrollment 813
Rio Grande City Cisd Grulla H S
6884 E Hw 83
ZIP: 78582
(956) 716-6700
Total Enrollment 981
Rio Grande City H S
Fm 755
ZIP: 78582
(956) 488-6000
Total Enrollment 1888
Roque Guerra Jr El
1600 W Main St
ZIP: 78582
(956) 716-6982
Total Enrollment 831
Veterans Middle
2700 W Eisenhower St
ZIP: 78582
(956) 488-6084
Total Enrollment 903

Rio Grande City Private Schools

Immaculate Conception School
305 N Britton Ave
ZIP: 78582
Total Enrollment 187
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