Harlingen, Rio Grande Valley Seeing Rapid Population Growth

Harlingen and the Rio Grande Valley have been experiencing a boom in population, as more businesses and companies have moved their operations into the area to take advantage of the low cost of living and temperate climate.

Population estimates for Harlingen according to the United States Census (American Fact Finder) are at 65,774.  This figure represents the 2015 Population Estimate from the website factfinder.census.gov.

The same website also provides valley-wide population estimates from 2015.  According to factfinder.census.gov, the population for the Rio Grande Valley is as follows:

2015 Population Estimates (July 1, 2015)

Cameron County                                 422,156

Hidalgo County                                  842,304

Willacy  County                                     21,903

Starr County                                           63,795

Total                                             1,350,158

 

What many businesses are finding most appealing about operating in Harlingen is what much of the Rio Grande Valley already knows.  Harlingen is the population center of the Valley.  In fact, according to an Accessibility Evaluation by the University of Minnesota from May of 2014, Harlingen provides access to the most people living within a 45-minute commute when compared to other major cities in the Rio Grande Valley.

 

General Population Accessibility from Rio Grande Valley Locations*

Commuting Distance

                                             15 Minute                          30 Minutes                         45 Minutes

Harlingen                            149,586                              632,221                              1,113,550

McAllen                              538,910                              784,724                              946,687

Edinburg                             376,945                              765,121                              917,529

Brownsville                        225,792                              380,161                              553,016

*University of Minnesota Accessibility Study, May 2014

 

This means that out of the 1.3 million people in the Rio Grande Valley, over 1.1 million people are within a short 45-minute commute of Harlingen to work, live, play or shop.

 

County
2000 Census
2010 Census
Percentage Increase
Cameron
335,227
406,220
21%
Hidalgo
569,463
774,769
36%
Starr
53,597
60,968
14%
Willacy
20,082
22,134
10%
TOTAL
978,369
1,264,091
29%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2010