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.

In 2006, Cameron County ranked the 12th largest county in Texas with a population of 387,717. The City of Harlingen’s official estimated population is 68,550 (January 2008). The median age is 31.1 with approximately 66% of the population being 18 years and over.

  • Population by City Historical Data 2010
    City
    County
    2000 Census
    2010 Census
    Percentage Increase
    Alamo
    Hidalgo
    14,760
    18,346
    24%
    Brownsville
    Cameron
    139,722
    175,026
    25%
    Donna
    Hidalgo
    14,768
    15,801
    7%
    Edinburg
    Hidalgo
    48,465
    76,952
    59%
    Harlingen
    Cameron
    57,564
    64,898
    13%
    La Feria
    Cameron
    6,115
    7,269
    19%
    Los Fresnos
    Cameron
    4,512
    5,542
    23%
    McAllen
    Hidalgo
    106,414
    129,875
    22%
    Mercedes
    Hidalgo
    13,649
    15,674
    15%
    Mission
    Hidalgo
    45,408
    77,058
    70%
    Pharr
    Hidalgo
    46,660
    70,492
    51%
    Port Isabel
    Cameron
    4,865
    5,012
    3%
    San Benito
    Cameron
    23,444
    24,253
    3%
    San Juan
    Hidalgo
    26,229
    33,861
    29%
    Weslaco
    Hidalgo
    26,935
    35,471
    32%

    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010

  • Population By County, 2010
    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