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McAllen, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of McAllen had a population of 144,494 as of July 1, 2017. McAllen ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Texas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for McAllen is located at latitude 26.2197 and longitude -98.2467 in Hidalgo County. The formal boundaries for the City of McAllen (see map below) encompass a land area of 49.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.3 sq. miles. Hidalgo County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 121 feet.

The City of McAllen (GNIS ID: 2411057) 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 McAllen is located within McAllen-Pharr Division of Hidalgo County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with McAllen population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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McAllen, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 144,494
Daytime Population: Workers 94,687
Daytime Population: Residents 86,923
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 181,610
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.26
Population in Households 143,336
Population in Familes 126,335
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,158
Population Density2 2,930
Diversity Index3 48


Median Household Income $44,583
Average Household Income $68,530
Per Capita Income $22,180


Total Housing Units 50,733 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 26,956 (53.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 19,072 (37.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,704 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $132,465
Average Home Value $182,339


Total Households 46,029
Average Household Size 3.11
Family Households 34,972
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.45% 1.42%
Households 1.39% 1.38%
Families 1.28% 1.33%
Median Household Income   2.68%
Per Capita Income   2.74%

McAllen, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McAllen to the other 1,749 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 22 99th
Population Density # 166 91st
Diversity Index # 923 47th
Median Household Income # 954 46th
Per Capita Income # 1011 42nd

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