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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 14,154
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,927
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 43%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $21,973
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,631
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,528

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,138
% Above Poverty Level 69.5%
% Below Poverty Level 30.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $525
Median House Value $80,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 95.8%
US/American 0%
English 0%
Irish 0.8%

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

Rio Grande City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles W of McAllen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 131 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Starr
Standard Zip Codes 78582
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.379
Longitude -98.82

Rio Grande City 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 RIO GRANDE CITY 1 SE
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 62 to 88 F
Jul Temp 74 to 99 F
Oct Temp 63 to 87 F
Annual Precip 21.6 inches
Station MC COOK
Distance 28 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 69 F
Apr Temp 63 to 86 F
Jul Temp 74 to 98 F
Oct Temp 64 to 87 F
Annual Precip 21.6 inches
Station MISSION 4 W
Distance 28.4 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, Rio Grande City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

El Sauz (78582)

Fort Ringgold (78582)

La Casita (78582)

Rincon (78582)

Rio Grande (78582)

Santa Catarina (78582)

Villareales (78582)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

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

Rio Grande City Hospitals

STARR COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
FM RD 3167
(956) 487-5561
Emergency Service: No

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Rio Grande City High Schools

RIO GRANDE CITY H S
FORT RINGGOLD
956-488-6000
A Title I School.
Serves 2,281 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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