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South Padre Island, Texas - Basic Facts

The Town of South Padre Island had a population of 2,920 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for South Padre Island is located at latitude 26.1121 and longitude -97.1675 in Cameron County. The formal boundaries for the Town of South Padre Island (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.32 sq. miles and a water area of 0.44 sq. miles. Cameron County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 10 feet.

The Town of South Padre Island (GNIS ID: 2413309) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Texas is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of South Padre Island is located within East Cameron Division of Cameron County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Padre Island population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for South Padre Island: Palm Beach.

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South Padre Island, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,920
Population in Households 2,920
Population in Familes 2,163
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,259
Diversity Index2 49


Total Households 1,407
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 847
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,783 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 950 (14.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 457 ( 6.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,376 (79.3%)
Median Home Value $276,713
Average Home Value $387,855


Median Household Income $68,287
Average Household Income $111,404
Per Capita Income $55,357
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.57% 0.65%
Households 0.6% 0.71%
Families 1.27% 0.56%
Median Household Income   3.61%
Per Capita Income   2.32%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

South Padre Island, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Padre Island to the other 1,749 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 576 67th
Population Density1 # 565 68th
Diversity Index2 # 900 49th
Median Household Income # 248 86th
Per Capita Income # 44 98th

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