McAllen, Texas Population 2022

144,676
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McAllen is a city located in Hidalgo County Texas. With a 2020 population of 144,676, it is the 23rd largest city in Texas and the 200th largest city in the United States. McAllen is currently growing at a rate of 0.86% annually and its population has increased by 1.49% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 142,557 in 2020. Spanning over 66 miles, McAllen has a population density of 2,202 people per square mile.

The average household income in McAllen is $69,053 with a poverty rate of 22.01%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $829 per month, and the median house value is $131,500. The median age in McAllen is 33.4 years, 30.9 years for males, and 36.1 years for females.

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.

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, indicating that this city is continuing to experience rapid growth that is showing no signs of slowing down.

McAllen Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of McAllenwas:

  • White: 65.03%
  • Other race: 19.26%
  • Two or more races: 11.46%
  • Asian: 2.78%
  • Black or African American: 1.07%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of McAllen, Texas is 144,676 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 142,557.

McAllen, Texas Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

McAllen Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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McAllen Population by Race

McAllen Population Pyramid 2022

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McAllen Median Age

32.6


Total

28.8


Male

36.1


Female

McAllen Adults

There are 100,954 adults, (18,119 of whom are seniors) in McAllen.

McAllen Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

21.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.2

Child Dependency Ratio

McAllen Sex Ratio

Female

71,972

50.49%

Male

70,585

49.51%

McAllen Population by Age

McAllen Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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McAllen Household Types

59.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

McAllen Households and Families

3.68

Average Family Size

3.12

Average Household Size

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McAllen Households by Type

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McAllen Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

McAllen Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.43%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 72.09%.

McAllen Educational Attainment by Race

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$31,508

Average Earnings

$39,016

Average Male

$25,582

Average Female

McAllen Earnings by Educational Attainment

McAllen Language by Age

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McAllen Language

25.29% of McAllen residents speak only English, while 74.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 71.97% of the population.

McAllen Language

McAllen Poverty by Race

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22.01%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.23%

Male Poverty Rate

23.77%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McAllen

The race most likely to be in poverty in McAllen is Islander, with 29.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in McAllen is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.52%.

McAllen Poverty

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McAllen Poverty Rate by Education

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McAllen Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

McAllen Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

McAllen Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

47.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.3%

Male Marriage Rate

44.6%

Female Marriage Rate

McAllen Married by Age and Sex

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McAllen Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

McAllen Marital Status by Race

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McAllen Marital Status

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3,385

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

McAllen Veterans by War

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McAllen Veterans by Age

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McAllen Veterans by Race

McAllen Veterans by Education

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7.81%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

McAllen Veterans by Education

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61.7%

Labor Force Participation

58.1%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

McAllen Employment by Age

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McAllen Employment by Race

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McAllen Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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62.12%

Born in McAllen

73.49%

Native Born

26.51%

Foreign Born

16.38%

Non Citizen

10.13%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

73.49% of McAllen residents were born in the United States, with 62.12% having been born in Texas. 16.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

McAllen Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

McAllen Population by Year