San Benito, TX Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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San Benito, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of San Benito had a population of 25,533 as of July 1, 2017. San Benito 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 San Benito is located at latitude 26.1294 and longitude -97.6441 in Cameron County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Benito (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0.34 sq. miles. Cameron County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of San Benito (GNIS ID: 2411776) 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 San Benito is located within Harlingen-San Benito Division of Cameron County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with San Benito 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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San Benito, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 25,533
Daytime Population: Workers 11,646
Daytime Population: Residents 16,982
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 28,628
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.12
Population in Households 25,463
Population in Familes 22,894
Population in Group Qrtrs 70
Population Density2 1,617
Diversity Index3 39


Median Household Income $34,067
Average Household Income $47,047
Per Capita Income $14,025


Total Housing Units 9,125 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,919 (53.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,761 (30.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,445 (15.8%)
Median Home Value $60,125
Average Home Value $101,377


Total Households 7,680
Average Household Size 3.32
Family Households 6,042
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 0.71% 0.76%
Households 0.73% 0.77%
Families 0.65% 0.69%
Median Household Income   1.64%
Per Capita Income   2.93%

San Benito, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Benito 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 # 122 93rd
Population Density # 402 77th
Diversity Index # 1169 33rd
Median Household Income # 1445 17th
Per Capita Income # 1521 13th

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