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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population39,420
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens14.7%
Employed Population 16+14,548
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married47.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.2%
Median Earnings25+$27,443
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,968
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,270

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,438
% Above Poverty Level73.9%
% Below Poverty Level26.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone21.5%
Median Gross Rent$677
Median House Value$78,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)84.2%
German3.6%
English1.5%
Irish1.4%
French Except Basque1.2%
Italian0.9%
Scottish0.7%
Portuguese0.7%
Canadian0.4%
Polish0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Czech0.2%
Swedish0.2%
African0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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Weslaco Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hidalgo County
Standard Zip Codes78596
P.O. Box Zip Codes78599
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude26.16
Approximate Longitude-97.98

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alamo19,442$44,455
Donna16,507$33,248
Elsa7,135$33,374
Mercedes16,588$40,324
Progreso5,867$43,363
Progreso Lakes278$89,500

Weslaco Public Libraries

Mayor Joe V Sanchez Public Library
525 S KANSAS AVE
Weslaco, Texas
(956) 968-4533

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Weslaco Hospitals

Weslaco Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
906 South James Street
Knapp Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1401 East 8th Street

Weslaco Public Schools

A N Rico El
2202 N International Blvd
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6815
Primary
Total Enrollment 861
Airport El
410 N Airport Dr
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6770
Primary
Total Enrollment 679
Armando Cuellar Middle
1201 S Bridge St
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6720
Middle
Total Enrollment 802
Beatriz G Garza Middle
1111 W Sugar Cane Dr
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6774
Middle
Total Enrollment 1067
Central Middle
506 E 6th St
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6710
Middle
Total Enrollment 938
Cleckler/heald El
1601 W Sugarcane
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6888
Primary
Total Enrollment 874
Dr R E Margo El
1701 S Bridge Ave
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 1071
F D Roosevelt El
814 E Plaza
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6750
Primary
Total Enrollment 662
Hidalgo County Boot Camp
1711 N Bridge
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-4908
High
Total Enrollment 26
Horizon Montessori Ii
1223 Sugarcane Dr
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-0044
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
Horton Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
104 S Garza
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6916
Other
Total Enrollment 83
Idea Weslaco Pike Academy
1000 E Pike Blvd
ZIP: 78596
(956) 351-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
Idea Weslaco Pike College Preparatory
1000 E Pike Blvd
ZIP: 78596
(956) 351-4850
Middle
Total Enrollment 119
Ignite Public Sch And Comm Serv Ctr At Weslaco
615 S International Blvd
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-2600
Other
Total Enrollment 215
Mary Hoge Middle
2302 N International Blvd
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6730
Middle
Total Enrollment 965
Memorial El
1700 S Border
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6780
Primary
Total Enrollment 860
North Bridge El
2001 N Bridge St
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6810
Primary
Total Enrollment 844
Pfc Mario Ybarra El
1800 E Mile 10 N
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6587
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Raul A Gonzalez Jr El
3801 N 5 1/2 W
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6760
Primary
Total Enrollment 878
Rodolfo Rudy Silva Jr El
1001 W Mile 10
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6790
Primary
Total Enrollment 755
Sam Houston El
608 N Cantu
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6740
Primary
Total Enrollment 713
Santa Maria Daep
811 E Pike
ZIP: 78596
(956) 447-2332
Middle
Total Enrollment 2
Weslaco 21st Century Cte Early College H S
700 S Bridge
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6500
Other
Total Enrollment 113
Weslaco East H S
810 S Pleasantview Dr
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6950
High
Total Enrollment 2102
Weslaco H S
1005 W Pike Ave
ZIP: 78596
(956) 969-6700
High
Total Enrollment 2454
Idea Academy Weslaco
2931 E Sugar Cane Dr
ZIP: 78599
(956) 351-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 698
Idea College Prep Weslaco
2931 E Sugar Cane Dr
ZIP: 78599
(956) 351-4100
Middle
Total Enrollment 483

Weslaco Private Schools

Mid Valley Christian School
417 S Westgate Dr
ZIP: 78596
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 77
San Martin De Porres Catholic School
905 N Texas Blvd
ZIP: 78596
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Valley Grande Adventist Academy
1000 S Bridge Ave
ZIP: 78596
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 201
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