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Overview

Introduction to Weslaco, Texas

Weslaco, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 15 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 119 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is part of the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Weslaco History

The area of Welasco was named after the W. E. Stewart Land Company. Early settlers transformed the land, which was filled with dense bushes, into agricultural land that was irrigated by canal systems and pump stations. Downtown Weslaco was considered the neon city because the downtown businesses utilized gas filled tubes for signage.

Weslaco and Nearby Attractions

  • Weslaco Museum
  • Weslaco City Park
  • The Tower Theatre
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Villa De Cortez
  • The Harlon Block Memorial

Things To Do In Weslaco

Museums to visit include Weslaco Museum, as well as the International Museum of Art and Science. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, and boating opportunities are available at popular parks like Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, Delta Lake Park, and Weslaco City Park. Some of the places for bird and wildlife watching are Weslaco Pixie Trees, Rio Rico Bluffs, Golden Raintree Citrus Farms, Estero Llano Grande Lake, and Frontera Audubon Center. Local festivals include Dragonfly Days, Onion Festival and Festival de Guitarra.

Weslaco Transportation

McAllen Miller International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Weslaco Higher Education

South Texas College - Mid-Valley Campus is located in Weslaco. Other colleges and universities nearby include Texas Southmost College and University of Texas at Brownsville.

People

Total Population38,666
Male Share of the Population46.8%
Female Share of the Population53.2%
Senior Citizens16.3%
Employed Population 16+13,289
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married46.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.9%
Median Earnings25+$25,287
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,619
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,083

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,645
% Above Poverty Level72.8%
% Below Poverty Level27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone21.8%
Median Gross Rent$636
Median House Value$72,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)84.1%
US/American0%
English2.4%
Irish1.7%

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

Weslaco Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 15 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City119 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas
CountyHidalgo
Metro AreaMcAllen - Edinburg - Mission
Standard Zip Codes78596
P.O. Box Zip Codes78599
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude26.159
Longitude-97.99

Weslaco 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
Distance1.6 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
StationSANTA ROSA 3 WNW
Distance10.7 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
StationMCALLEN MILLER INTL AP
Distance15.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Weslaco, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ramona (78596)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alamo18,943$42,574
Donna16,292$34,969
Elsa6,444$24,214

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

Weslaco Public Libraries

Library
Weslaco Public Library
525 S KANSAS AVE
Weslaco, Texas
(956) 968-4533
Library Web Site

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Weslaco Hospitals

KNAPP MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1401 EAST EIGHT STREET
(956) 968-8567
Emergency Service: Yes

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Weslaco High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WESLACO H S
1005 W PIKE AVE
956-969-6700
A Title I School.
Serves 1,994 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

WESLACO EAST HIGH SCHOOL
319 W 4TH ST
956-969-6950
A Title I School.
Serves 1,591 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION CHARTER H S
116 W 5TH ST
956-668-7761
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

SOUTH PALM GARDENS H S
319 W 4TH ST
956-565-0404
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

GUIDANCE CENTER
319 W 4TH ST
956-565-6810
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

STUDENT ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM INCORP
811 E PIKE
956-565-6203
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.

HIDALGO CO J J A E P
319 W 4TH ST
956-688-6123
A Vocational School
Serves 1 students.

HORTON ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGR
103 S IOWA
956-969-6782
A Non-traditional School

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