Harlingen, Texas
Perfect Place for Business

Harlingen, TX, nestled near the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley, has been enjoying steady growth over the years, as more and more businesses realize the benefits of doing businesses near Mexico. Maquiladoras and many tax benefits in South Texas make Harlingen, located at the Crossroads of the Rio Grande Valley, a city poised for an economic boom.

Harlingen and the State of Texas also have gained much recognition for treating its businesses right. Among the awards and recognition are:

  • Texas wins 2012 Governor’s Cup
    Texas won Site Selection Magazine’s coveted annual award, a recognition for the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities announced over the previous year. (Site Selection Magazine, March 2013)
  • Texas Declared America’s Top State For Business in 2012
    CNBC recently declared Texas America’s Top State for Business scoring each state based on input from business groups, and public information from the states themselves.  (CNBC, July 2012)
  • Harlingen had the lowest cost of living in the U.S. for First Quarter 2013
    According to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Harlingen’s cost of living is 19.4% below the national average. (survey compiled by Council for Community and Economic Research released in May 2013)
  • Texas wins Business Facilities 2012 State of the Year 
  • Business Facilities Magazine cited aggressive economic development strategies that helped attract jobs and investment to the Lone Star State.  (Business Facilities, January 2013)
  • Texas named the Top State for Doing Business for 2nd Year In a Row by Location Consultants
    Among reasons for being selected first include the addition of 222,000 new private-sector jobs added in 2012.  Consultant voting also placed Texas first for its overall business environment, corporate tax environment, incentives program, speed of permitting, and access to capital and project funding.  (Area Development, Fall 2012)
  • Texas ranked No. 1 U.S. Exporting State 11 years in a row
  • Texas’ exports were approximately $265 billion in 2012, representing an 5.4% percent increase from 2011. (US Dept. of Commerce, February 2013)
  • Texas ranked Best State for Business 9 straight years
    For the ninth straight year, the nation’s leading executives ranked Texas as the best state in which to do business, applauding the state for controlling taxes and spending as well as for its positive regulatory burden, quality of life and infrastructure. (Chief Executive Magazine, May 2013)

 

  • 2011-2012 Building Permits Harlingen, Texas
    Number of Permits
    Value
    82
    New Residences
    $10,461,711
    4
    New Apartments (20 bldgs. 86$684,615 units)
    $684,615
    24
    New Commercials
    $56,380,234/div>
    130
    New Signs
    $851,870
    16
    New Swimming Pools
    $502,835
    34
    New Carports/Canopies/GaragesSheds
    $129,963
    94
    Residential Additions & Remodels
    $1,245,370
    110
    Commercial Additions & Remodels
    $10,324,254
    7
    Foundations
    $2,913,275
    0
    New Porch/Cabanas
    $0
    16
    Other
    $3,136,306
    591
    Totals
    $86,630,433

    Source: City of Harlingen

  • Harlingen Housing Sales
    Year
    Total Listings Closed
    Total Value
    Average Price
    2013
    2131
    $104,378,016
    $118,477

    Source: Harlingen Board of Realtors