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South Padre Island, Texas - Basic Facts

The Town of South Padre Island had a population of 2,928 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for South Padre Island: Palm Beach.

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South Padre Island, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,928
Daytime Population: Workers 4,514
Daytime Population: Residents 1,771
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,285
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.15
Population in Households 2,928
Population in Familes 2,167
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,262
Diversity Index3 49


Median Household Income $70,871
Average Household Income $119,262
Per Capita Income $59,268


Total Housing Units 6,719 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 955 (14.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 457 ( 6.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,308 (79.0%)
Median Home Value $278,769
Average Home Value $395,440


Total Households 1,411
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 851
Average Family Size 3
  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 0.53% 0.61%
Households 0.56% 0.67%
Families 1.16% 0.51%
Median Household Income   2.35%
Per Capita Income   1.67%

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, 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 # 576 67th
Population Density # 571 67th
Diversity Index # 897 49th
Median Household Income # 249 86th
Per Capita Income # 42 98th

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