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McAllen, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of McAllen had a population of 146,067 as of July 1, 2018. 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 26.2034 and longitude -98.23 in Hidalgo County. The formal boundaries for the City of McAllen 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.

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McAllen, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 146,067
Population in Households 144,867
Population in Familes 128,236
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,200
Population Density2 2,962
Diversity Index3 47


Median Household Income $46,495
Average Household Income $70,323
Per Capita Income $22,741


Total Housing Units 51,454 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 27,497 (53.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,983 (36.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,974 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $148,151
Average Home Value $202,326


Total Households 46,480
Average Household Size 3.12
Family Households 35,346
Average Family Size 4
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.41% 1.35%
Households 1.34% 1.32%
Families 1.25% 1.27%
Median Household Income   2.75%
Per Capita Income   2.6%

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, 2018 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 # 171 90th
Diversity Index # 963 45th
Median Household Income # 888 49th
Per Capita Income # 981 44th

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