McAllen, Texas Population 2019
McAllen is a city located in the state of Texas. More specifically, it is located in Hidalgo County. McAllen is within 80 miles of the Gulf of Mexico and the city limits reach to the Rio Grande at the city of Reynosa, Mexico. The city’s population makes it the 22nd most populous in Texas. The last census of 2010 showed a population count of 129,877. This number has jumped quite considerably to 142,212, per recent estimates.
City Size and Population Density in McAllen
The city is over 48 square miles, and the population density is 2,942 people per square mile. McAllen is part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area, which has a population of over 750,000 people.
McAllen Population Demographics
Nearly 84% of McAllen’s population is white. Blacks, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders each make up less than 1% of the total population. The remainder of the population is 2.6% Asian, 10.4% other races, and 1.8% mixed race. Over 84% of the population of McAllen is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Residents under the age of 18 make up the city’s largest age group, accounting for 30.1% of the total population. More than 9% of people are between 18 and 24, over 28% are 25 to 44, over 21% are 45 to 64, and just under 11% are at least 65 years old.
More females than males reside in McAllen, with 91.5 men for every 100 women.
Unemployment and Poverty in McAllen
More than one-quarter of the population lives below the federal poverty line. The city has struggled with high unemployment rates in recent years, but that number continues to drop. However, McAllen is still considered one of the poorest cities in the United States, and because of this, the cost of living is over 16% less than the national average.
Population Growth in McAllen, TX
Despite these struggles, however, the city’s population only continues to grow. A population of 150 in 1910 exploded to over 5,000 in 1920. By 1940, this figure had more than doubled. In 2000, the city’s population surpassed 100,000 and has only continued to grow larger. Recent estimates show that the population is up 9.5% since the last census in 2010, showing that this city is continuing to experience rapid growth that is showing no signs of slowing down.
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