McAllen is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 144,279, it is the 22nd largest city in Texas and the 183rd largest city in the United States. McAllen is currently growing at a rate of 0.29% annually and its population has increased by 11.09% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 129,877 in 2010. Spanning over 66 miles, McAllen has a population density of 2,196 people per square mile.
The average household income in McAllen is $67,611 with a poverty rate of 24.86%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $767 per month, and the median house value is $123,900. The median age in McAllen is 32.9 years, 30.7 years for males, and 35.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.4 males.
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.