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Alton, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of Alton had a population of 15,040 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 15,040
Daytime Population: Workers 2,126
Daytime Population: Residents 9,786
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,912
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 15,040
Population in Familes 14,231
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 2,109
Diversity Index3 17


Median Household Income $30,918
Average Household Income $43,786
Per Capita Income $11,157


Total Housing Units 4,003 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,537 (63.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,201 (30.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 266 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $67,383
Average Home Value $103,822


Total Households 3,737
Average Household Size 4.02
Family Households 3,353
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% 1.45%
Households 1.41% 1.42%
Families 1.24% 1.4%
Median Household Income   1.52%
Per Capita Income   2.92%

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, 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 # 193 89th
Population Density # 282 84th
Diversity Index # 1624 7th
Median Household Income # 1537 12th
Per Capita Income # 1640 6th

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