McAllen, Texas Population 2021

144,744
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McAllen is a city located in Hidalgo County Texas. With a 2020 population of 144,744, it is the 23rd largest city in Texas and the 184th largest city in the United States . McAllen is currently growing at a rate of 0.51% annually and its population has increased by 11.45% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 129,877 in 2010. McAllen reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 66 miles, McAllen has a population density of 2,203 people per square mile.

The average household income in McAllen is $69,053 with a poverty rate of 23.05%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $789 per month, and the median house value is $126,000. 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: 74.25%
  • Other race: 20.58%
  • Asian: 2.52%
  • Two or more races: 1.24%
  • Black or African American: 1.07%
  • Native American: 0.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of McAllen, Texas is 144,744 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 143,268.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 129,877.

McAllen, Texas Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021881,5256,4090.73%
2020875,1166,4090.73%
2019868,7076,4090.74%
2018862,2986,0490.70%
2017856,2497,2890.85%
2016848,9609,2931.09%
2015839,6679,8481.17%
2014829,81911,2001.35%
2013818,61910,2851.26%
2012808,33412,8171.59%
2011795,51716,3682.06%
2010779,1490.00%

McAllen Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White105,41174.25%
Some Other Race29,22120.58%
Asian3,5762.52%
Two or More Races1,7551.24%
Black or African American1,5131.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native4120.29%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander800.06%
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McAllen Population by Race

McAllen Population Pyramid $2021

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McAllen Median Age

33.4


Total

30.9


Male

36.1


Female

McAllen Adults

There are 101,737 adults, (18,743 of whom are seniors) in McAllen.

McAllen Age Dependency

71.1

Age Dependency Ratio

22.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.5

Child Dependency Ratio

McAllen Sex Ratio

Female

71,839

50.60%

Male

70,129

49.40%

McAllen Population by Age

McAllen Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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McAllen Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family45.5%54.5%
Male51.4%48.6%
Female52.3%47.7%
All60.8%39.2%
Married73.1%26.9%

60.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

McAllen Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,7053.0860.8
Married22,5923.7373.1
Non Family11,4271.2545.5
Female9,3353.6752.3
Male2,3513.4451.4

3.64

Average Family Size

3.08

Average Household Size

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McAllen Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade12,46814.27%
9th to 12th Grade8,1719.35%
High School Graduate17,33919.84%
Some College17,38219.89%
Associates Degree5,5686.37%
Bachelors Degree17,98920.58%
Graduate Degree8,4819.70%
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McAllen Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

McAllen Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic72,62952,90819,485
Other Race16,95810,2323,524
White11,18910,7575,329
Asian2,2912,0491,278
Black915868243
2+ Races804675281
Native American29924864
Islander666351

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.14%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 77.27%.

McAllen Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,280$37,402$26,135
Less Than 9th Grade$15,477$17,659$12,104
High School Graduate$23,969$27,430$18,296
Some College$30,511$33,486$26,358
Bachelors Degree$47,236$51,310$43,618
Graduate Degree$64,323$71,250$57,478

$31,280

Average Earnings

$37,402

Average Male

$26,135

Average Female

McAllen Earnings by Educational Attainment

McAllen Language by Age

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McAllen Language

24.36% of McAllen residents speak only English, while 75.64% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 73.21% of the population.

McAllen Language

McAllen Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic119,42130,70425.71%
Other28,74310,08435.08%
White15,0821,0657.06%
Multiple1,73627315.73%
Asian3,5762557.13%
Native4126014.56%
Black1,500573.80%
Islander802126.25%

23.05%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.75%

Male Poverty Rate

25.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McAllen

The race most likely to be in poverty in McAllen is Other, with 35.08% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in McAllen is Black, with 3.80% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.46%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.09%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.30%.

McAllen Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.80%
High School19.01%
Some College15.98%
Bachelors or Greater6.90%

McAllen Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed39.68%
Male Unemployed24.33%
Female Employed14.33%
Male Employed11.77%

McAllen Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

McAllen Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,804$69,053
Families$54,061$76,266
Married Families$70,549$92,082
Non Families$31,039$44,545
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Income by Household Type

McAllen Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.3%

Male Marriage Rate

45.2%

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 Over 65, 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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3,912

Number of Veterans

3,827

Male Veterans

85

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,461
Second Gulf War789
First Gulf War773
Korea335
World War II122

McAllen Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,167
75+983
35 to 54983
55 to 64434
18 to 34345

McAllen Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,5834.73%
Hispanic2,2172.61%
Other Race1210.58%
2+ Races768.63%
Black635.95%
Asian562.06%
Native American133.67%

McAllen Veterans by Race

McAllen Veterans by Education

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5.84%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.10%

Veteran Disability Rate

McAllen Veterans by Education

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62.5%

Labor Force Participation

58.5%

Employment Rate

6.3%

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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61.37%

Born in McAllen

73.46%

Native Born

26.54%

Foreign Born

16.26%

Non Citizen

10.28%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

73.46% of McAllen residents were born in the United States, with 61.37% having been born in Texas. 16.26% 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: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021144,7447380.51%
2020144,0067380.52%
2019143,2687380.52%
2018142,5302810.20%
2017142,2493610.25%
2016141,8881,9791.41%
2015139,9091,1900.86%
2014138,7191,2980.94%
2013137,4211,1440.84%
2012136,2771,6381.22%
2011134,6392,5461.93%
2010132,09325,6792.19%
2000106,41422,3932.39%
199084,02117,7402.40%
198066,28128,6455.82%
197037,6364,9081.41%
196032,72812,6615.01%
195020,0678,1905.38%
194011,8772,8032.73%
19309,0743,7435.46%
19205,3310.00%

McAllen Population by Year