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South Padre Island, Texas - Basic Facts

The Town of South Padre Island had a population of 2,931 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for South Padre Island is located at latitude 26.1037 and longitude -97.1647 in Cameron County. The formal boundaries for the Town of South Padre Island 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for South Padre Island: Palm Beach.


South Padre Island, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 2,931 (100%)
Population in Households 2,931 (100.0%)
Population in Families 2,167 (73.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,091
Diversity Index2 52


Median Household Income $44,722
Average Household Income $74,070
% of Income for Mortgage4 32%
Per Capita Income $36,877
Wealth Index5 84


Total HU (Housing Units) 7,041 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 988 (14.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 427 ( 6.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,626 (79.9%)
Median Home Value $341,760
Average Home Value $401,976
Housing Affordability Index3 69


Total Households 1,415
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 849
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.38% 1.31%
Households 0.42% 1.31%
Families 0.79% 1.2%
Median Household Income   1.87%
Per Capita Income   2.38%
Owner Occupied HU   1.85%


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

The table below compares South Padre Island to the other 1,746 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 593 66th
Population Density # 663 62nd
Median Household Income # 1123 36th
Housing Affordability Index # 226 13th
Per Capita Income # 253 86th
Diversity Index # 863 51st

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