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Alton, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of Alton had a population of 14,899 as of July 1, 2016. Alton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Texas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Alton is located at latitude 26.2888 and longitude -98.3106 in Hidalgo County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alton (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Hidalgo County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 164 feet.

The City of Alton (GNIS ID: 2409687) 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 City of Alton is located within Mission Division of Hidalgo County.

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

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Alton, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 14,899
Population in Households 14,899
Population in Familes 14,097
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 2,089
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 3,712
Average Household Size 4.01
Family Households 3,327
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 3,975 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,506 (63.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,207 (30.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 263 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $63,073
Average Home Value $95,699


Median Household Income $29,232
Average Household Income $41,744
Per Capita Income $10,659
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.53% 1.63%
Households 1.52% 1.64%
Families 1.31% 1.62%
Median Household Income   -0.8%
Per Capita Income   0.47%
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.

Alton, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alton 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 # 194 89th
Population Density1 # 279 84th
Diversity Index2 # 1624 7th
Median Household Income # 1573 10th
Per Capita Income # 1644 6th

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