McAllen, Texas

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McAllen, Texas
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" The City of Palms"
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Location within Hidalgo County
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McAllen
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Location within the United States
Coordinates: 26°12′59″N98°14′11″W / 26.21639°N 98.23639°W / 26.21639; -98.23639 Coordinates: 26°12′59″N98°14′11″W / 26.21639°N 98.23639°W / 26.21639; -98.23639
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of Texas.svg  Texas
County Flag of Hidalgo County, Texas.png Hidalgo
Government
  Type Council-Manager
   City Council Mayor Jim Darling
Javier Villalobos (District 1)
Joaquin J. Zamora (District 2)
Julian Omar Quintanilla (District 3)
Aida Ramirez (District 4)
John Ingram (District 5)
Veronica Whitacre (District 6)
   City Manager Roel "Roy" Rodriguez
   Texas State Representative Robert Guerra
   Texas State Senator Juan Hinojosa
   U.S. Representative Vicente González
Area
   City 48.6 sq mi (126.0 km2)
  Land48.3 sq mi (125.2 km2)
  Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation
121.4 ft (37.1 m)
Population
   City 142,696 (US: 185th)
  Estimate 
(2017)
142,696
  Density2,994/sq mi (1,155.8/km2)
   Metro
774,769
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
78501-78504
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-45384 [1]
GNIS feature ID1374829 [2]
Website www.mcallen.net

McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States, and the 22nd-most populous city in Texas. It is located at the southern tip of the state in the Rio Grande Valley. The city limits extend south to the Rio Grande, across from the Mexican city of Reynosa, and McAllen is about 70 mi (110 km) west of the Gulf of Mexico. As of 2017, McAllen’s population was estimated to be 142,696. [3] It is the fifth-most populous metropolitan area in the state of Texas, and the binational Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan area counts a population of nearly 1.52 million. [4]

Hidalgo County, Texas County in the United States

Hidalgo County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat is Edinburg and the largest city is McAllen. The county is named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest who raised the call for Mexico's independence from Spain. It is located in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States. As of the 2017 census, the population was 860,661, making it the eighth-most populous county in Texas.

Rio Grande Valley location in south Texas

The Rio Grande Valley is an area located in the southernmost tip of South Texas. It lies along the northern bank of the Rio Grande, which separates Mexico from the United States. The four-county region consists of Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr counties. It is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, with its population having jumped from about 325,000 people in 1969 to more than 1,300,000 people by 2014. Some of the biggest cities in the region are: Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco, Pharr, McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, San Juan, and Rio Grande City.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the tenth most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.

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From its settlement in 1904, the area around McAllen was largely rural and agricultural in character, but the latter half of the 20th century had steady growth, which the metropolitan area still experiences today. The introduction of the maquiladora economy and the North American Free Trade Association led to an increase in cross-border trading with Mexico. [5]

Maquiladora

A maquiladora ([makilaˈðoɾa]), or maquila, is a company that allows factories to be largely duty free and tariff free. These factories take raw materials and assemble, manufacture, or process them and export the finished product. These factories and systems are present throughout Latin America including Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Specific programs and laws have made Mexico’s maquila industry grow rapidly.

History

In 1904, the Hidalgo and San Miguel Extension (now the Sam Fordyce Branch) of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway reached the Santa Anita Ranch. John McAllen and his son James donated land to the railroad to guarantee it would cross the area. On December 5, 1904, the McAllen Townsite Company was formed by Uriah Lott, Leonidas C. Hill Sr., John McAllen, James Ballí McAllen, and John J. Young. The new community, which was named for John McAllen, had the depot nearest the county seat, Hidalgo, 8 mi (13 km) to the south.

St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway defunct American railway in Texas

Chartered on June 6, 1903, the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway was a 200-mile (321 km) U.S. railroad that operated from Brownsville, Texas, to Gulf Coast Junction in Houston, Texas. It served numerous towns and cities along its routes and operated a rail bridge between Brownsville and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, in junction with the Mexican government. The Brownie connected the citizens of Brownsville to nearby Corpus Christi for the first time on land rather than using water transportation.

Hidalgo, Texas City in Texas

Hidalgo is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,198 at the 2010 census, and in 2016 the estimated population was 13,831.

By 1911, 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) were under cultivation in East McAllen, with produce consisting of cotton, alfalfa, broom corn, citrus fruits, grapes, and figs. East McAllen had an estimated population of 1,000 that year, and West McAllen had ceased to exist. In 1911, the town applied for and was issued a charter of incorporation under the name McAllen. In 1916, 20,000 New York state troops were stationed at McAllen to help quell border disturbances. The resulting economic boom increased the population from 1,200 in 1916 to 6,000 in 1920. [6]

Border War (1910–1919) Mexican-American military engagements

The Border War, or the Border Campaign, refers to the military engagements which took place in the Mexico–United States border region of North America during the Mexican Revolution. The Bandit War in Texas was part of the Border War. From the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, the United States Army was stationed in force along the border and on several occasions fought with Mexican rebels or federals. The height of the conflict came in 1916 when revolutionary Pancho Villa attacked the American border town of Columbus, New Mexico. In response, the United States Army, under the direction of General John J. Pershing, launched an expedition into northern Mexico, to find and capture Villa. Though the operation was successful in finding and engaging the Villista rebels, and in killing Villa's two top lieutenants, the revolutionary himself escaped and the American army returned to the United States in January 1917. Conflict at the border continued, however, and the United States launched several additional, though smaller operations into Mexican territory until after the American victory in the Battle of Ambos Nogales. Conflict was not only subject to Villistas and Americans; Maderistas, Carrancistas, Constitutionalistas and Germans also engaged in battle with American forces during this period.

McAllen adopted a home rule charter in 1927. Canning factories, a winery, tortilla plants, wood-working plants, and some oil exploration increased the population to 9,074 by 1930. In 1936, Hiram Garner opened the Valley Distillery, Incorporated, which produced wines from citrus juices. The town was a petroleum and farm chemurgic center with a population of 11,877 in 1940, by which time it had adopted the nickname "The City of Palms". In 1941, a suspension bridge replaced the old bridge from Hidalgo to Reynosa in Tamaulipas; the new toll bridge was purchased by McAllen and was named the McAllen–Hidalgo–Reynosa International Bridge. Its construction resulted in increased tourist trade, making McAllen a winter resort and port of entry to Mexico. The discovery of oil in the Reynosa area in 1947 resulted in a large migration of people from the Mexican interior, constituting a new tourist market and cheap labor supply for McAllen. The sister cities were linked as a result of the increased traffic between them. The population of McAllen was 20,005 in 1950 and 32,728 in 1960. The McAllen–Hidalgo–Reynosa International Bridge was the number-two port of entry into Mexico in 1954. [7]

Home rule is government of a colony, dependent country, or region by its own citizens. It is thus the power of a constituent part of a state to exercise such of the state's powers of governance within its own administrative area that have been decentralized to it by the central government.

Chemurgy is a branch of applied chemistry that is concerned with preparing industrial products from agricultural raw materials. The word "chemurgy" was coined by chemist William J. Hale and first publicized in his 1934 book The Farm Chemurgic, the concept was mildly well-developed by the early years of the 20th century. For example, a number of products, including brushes and motion picture film, were made from cellulose. Beginning in the 1920s, some prominent Americans began to advocate a more widespread link between farmers and industry. Among them were William J. Hale and agricultural journalist Wheeler McMillen.

Suspension bridge type of bridge

A suspension bridge is a type of bridge in which the deck is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders. The first modern examples of this type of bridge were built in the early 1800s. Simple suspension bridges, which lack vertical suspenders, have a long history in many mountainous parts of the world.

McAllen was an agricultural, oil, and tourist center in 1970, when the population reached 37,636. By the start of the 1970s, McAllen had a 200-bed hospital and a new air-conditioned high school, the first school in the nation featuring on-site power generated by natural gas-powered turbines. The tourism industry continued to expand as people traveled to the area from both Mexico and the northern United States. The population continued to grow steadily through the 1970s, and reached 66,281 by 1980. During the late 1980s, the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone was an important general-purpose foreign trade zone. [8] At the time, McAllen's main industries were retail, tourism and farming, and each was in trouble. The devaluation of the Mexican peso in the 1980s put a damper on cross-border shopping; local tourism was down because of the recession. In 1983, a freeze took out much of the valley's citrus crop.

Mexican peso currency of Mexico

The Mexican peso is the currency of Mexico. Modern peso and dollar currencies have a common origin in the 15th–19th century Spanish dollar, most continuing to use its sign, "$". The Mexican peso is the 10th most traded currency in the world, the third most traded currency from America, and the most traded currency from Latin America.

The early 1980s recession was a severe global economic recession that affected much of the developed world in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The United States and Japan exited the recession relatively early, but high unemployment would continue to affect other OECD nations until at least 1985.

In the mid-1980s, fueled by trade and the growth of the maquiladora (in which components are shipped to Mexico, assembled, and shipped back), the economy began to improve in Hidalgo County. McAllen sits across the border from Reynosa, a large manufacturing center. After the peso devalued, coaxing companies to put their plants in Mexico with support operations in Texas became easier.

President Trump held a briefing with the border agents at the patrol station here in January 2019 during the United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019 over the Mexico–United States barrier. [9] The city has become a focal point for concerns about the border as border crossing is a daily event for many and is a key component in the local economy. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited the Border Patrol station here in March 2019. She mentioned how she talked to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on a regular basis. The Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller had expressed concerns about the impact of border support on combat readiness for the troops. [10]

In order to deal with over crowded facilities in 2019 for asylum seekers, immigration authorities were releasing a few hundred people daily to private groups that assist them with basic needs and travel arrangements. [11]

After the U.S military troops placed razor wire coils at the border, the mayor emphasized how safe and secure the city is. Portions were removed by the city that were considered unnecessary. [12] U.S. military troops are prohibited from carrying out law enforcement duties. [13] During border support activities, they are not allowed to detain migrants or seize drugs. [10] They have assisted the Border Patrol by using military helicopters to carrying border patrol agents to and from locations along the Mexico–United States border and maintaining vehicles. [10]

Geography

McAllen is located in southern Hidalgo County at 26°12′59″N98°14′11″W / 26.21639°N 98.23639°W / 26.21639; -98.23639 (26.216263, −98.236385). [14] It is bordered to the southwest by Granjeno; to the west by Mission, Palmhurst, and Alton; to the north by Edinburg, the Hidalgo county seat; to the east by Pharr; and to the south by Hidalgo. The McAllen city limits extend to the southwest as far as the Rio Grande, directly north of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, in Mexico. The Anzalduas International Bridge crosses the Rio Grande at this point, 11 mi (18 km) southwest of downtown McAllen.

McAllen is 238 mi (383 km) south of San Antonio, 148 mi (238 km) southeast of Laredo, 60 mi (97 km) northwest of Brownsville, and 150 mi (240 km) northeast of Monterrey.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 48.6 square miles (126.0 km2), of which 48.3 square miles (125.2 km2) are land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2), or 0.62%, is covered by water. [15]

Although McAllen is named the "City of Palms", tropical vegetation is only locally dominant. Many thorny shrubs and deciduous trees occur in the area, such as the Rio Grande ash ( Fraxinus berlandieriana ), cedar elm ( Ulmus crassifolia ), and honey mesquite ( Prosopis glandulosa ).

Climate

McAllen, like much of South Texas, has a subtropical climate. [16] Under the Köppen climate classification, the city features a hot semiarid climate, featuring long, very hot and humid summers, and brief, warm winters. The average high in January is 70 °F (21 °C), and the average low is 50 °F (10 °C). In August, the average high is 96 °F (36 °C), and the average low is 76 °F (24 °C). The warm season is extremely long, as average high temperatures from May through September are above 90 °F (32 °C) and average low temperatures are above 70 °F (21 °C), with relatively high dew point values, resulting in higher relative humidity values and heat index values. Heat indices consistently reach over 100 °F (38 °C) during these months.

Average annual precipitation is only 21.60 in (549 mm). Most precipitation occurs in the warm season, with the least precipitation distinctly occurring in the cooler winter. As September is the peak of the north Atlantic hurricane season and tropical storms and hurricanes occasionally drop copious amounts of rainfall on the region, this month tends to be by far the wettest, averaging 4.08 in (104 mm) of rain. The driest month is March, with only 0.72 in (18 mm) of precipitation. Since 1941, it has snowed once, when the city received 1.7 in (43 mm) on December 25, 2004. [17]

Temperatures frequently rise above 100 °F (38 °C) from June through August. The highest temperature ever recorded in McAllen was 110 °F (43 °C), once in 1998 and once in 1999. The lowest temperature ever recorded in McAllen was 13 °F (−11 °C), on January 12, 1962.

Climate data for McAllen, Texas (McAllen Miller Int'l Airport), 1981–2010 normals
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)95
(35)
101
(38)
105
(41)
107
(42)
110
(43)
110
(43)
109
(43)
108
(42)
108
(42)
104
(40)
102
(39)
96
(36)
110
(43)
Average high °F (°C)71.0
(21.7)
75.1
(23.9)
81.8
(27.7)
87.1
(30.6)
91.7
(33.2)
96.2
(35.7)
97.1
(36.2)
98.1
(36.7)
93.1
(33.9)
87.6
(30.9)
79.9
(26.6)
72.0
(22.2)
85.9
(29.9)
Average low °F (°C)50.7
(10.4)
54.2
(12.3)
59.8
(15.4)
66.0
(18.9)
72.1
(22.3)
75.7
(24.3)
76.4
(24.7)
76.7
(24.8)
73.4
(23.0)
66.8
(19.3)
58.9
(14.9)
51.9
(11.1)
65.2
(18.4)
Record low °F (°C)13
(−11)
17
(−8)
27
(−3)
37
(3)
41
(5)
56
(13)
58
(14)
63
(17)
51
(11)
35
(2)
27
(−3)
14
(−10)
13
(−11)
Average precipitation inches (mm).97
(25)
1.19
(30)
.90
(23)
1.4
(36)
2.1
(53)
2.38
(60)
1.58
(40)
1.55
(39)
3.57
(91)
1.95
(50)
0.95
(24)
0.95
(24)
19.49
(495)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)7.25.34.04.04.65.25.45.37.85.94.86.065.5
Source: NOAA [18]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1910 150
1920 5,3313,454.0%
1930 9,07470.2%
1940 11,87730.9%
1950 20,06769.0%
1960 32,72863.1%
1970 37,63615.0%
1980 66,28176.1%
1990 89,00034.3%
2000 106,41419.6%
2010 129,87722.0%
Est. 2017142,696 [3] 9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [19]

As of the census [1] of 2010, 129,877 people, 41,573 households, and 31,823 families resided in the city. Of the 45,862 housing units, 4,289, or 9.4%, were vacant. [20]

The racial makeup of the city was 83.9% White, 0.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 10.4% some other race, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 84.6% of the population. [20]

Of the 41,573 households, 46.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were not families. About 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.9% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10, and the average family size was 3.58. [20]

In the city, the population was distributed as 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males. [20]

For the period 2012-2016, the estimated median annual income for a household in the city was $45,568, and for a family was $50,184. The per capita income for the city was $21,726. About 22.5% of families and 25.7% of the entire population were below the poverty line, including 36.6% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over. [21]

Crime

Based on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Annual Crime in Texas report and the FBI’s Crime in the United States report, there were zero (0) murders reported during 2018. [22]

Health

McAllen was the focus of a 2009 article in The New Yorker by Atul Gawande entitled "The Cost Conundrum", an inquiry into the factors that contribute to the cost of health care. The McAllen area had the highest taxpayer-sponsored spending per beneficiary in the United States, despite areas with similar demographics and health profiles having half the cost per recipient. The article noted that while the area has a higher prevalence of obesity and diabetes, its rates of infant mortality, HIV, and tobacco use were lower than the national average. [23]

McAllen was the most obese metropolitan area in the country in 2012, with 38.5% of the adult population considered obese. The high obesity rate has likely contributed to area residents' poor health. More than 21% of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes, more than any other metro area in the United States. Poverty may play a large role in the community's health problems, as well. Over 25% of the city population was living below the poverty line during the period 2012-2016. [21] More than 29% of the population also lacked health coverage during that time. [21] The vast majority of the McAllen metro area is located in a food desert, indicating a severe lack of access to healthy foods for residents. [24]

McAllen is featured in Supersize vs Superskinny, [25] a British television programme on Channel 4 that features information about dieting and extreme eating lifestyles. One of the main show features is a weekly comparison between an overweight person and an underweight person. In the show, the overweight participant visits morbidly obese McAllen residents to find motivation for lifestyle and diet changes.

Economy

FtradezonesignMcAllen.jpg

The Rio Grande Valley began its rapid development with the introduction of irrigation in 1898 and the construction of the railroad in 1904. These major additions turned a once relatively desolate area into a major agricultural center. Throughout much of the 1900s, McAllen was a rural, agriculture-based economy characterized by sporadic growth. Today, the area is transforming into a major international trade area. As recently as 1990, McAllen's unemployment rate was at 22.6%. By the end of 2005, that figure had dropped to 7.7%. However, in 2011, census.gov listed the McAllen metro area the poorest in the nation. [26] As of 2012, the average cost of a home in McAllen was the third-least expensive in the country, at $178,000, while average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment was $708. In 2012, the cost of living in McAllen was 16.2% lower than the national average. [27]

Trade

Since the 1980s and especially since the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, the focal point of economic activity has shifted from agriculture to international trade, health care, retail, and tourism.

The McAllen Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) is located south of McAllen between McAllen and Reynosa. Commissioned in 1973, it was the first inland foreign-trade zone in the United States. Also, an FTZ designation site is at the McAllen Miller International Airport to facilitate air cargo needs. Under U.S. and Mexican laws and NAFTA provisions, the FTZ designation offers specific cost-saving opportunities to manufacturers. Products can be brought into the FTZ duty-free. Services have recently expanded to include full logistic support services, including public warehouse services such as pick and pack, order processing, inventory control, incoming/outgoing quality inspection, and kitting. [28]

Sports

Dynamo South Texas Academy is a soccer development academy created in 2007 by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. The Dynamo announced the creation of the Dynamo South Texas Academy as the franchise's first satellite academy. The Dynamo and the McAllen Youth Soccer Association partner up to develop young talent in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas with the DSTA's U-18 and U-15 teams, which train and compete in several South Texas cities, including McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville. [29]

McAllen hosted the NAIA National Football Championship in the late 1970s and NCAA Division II national football championship games in the 1980s.

Until 2014, McAllen was home to the Texas Thunder of the independent United League Baseball, who played at Edinburg Stadium.

Recreation

Birdwatching – McAllen is positioned on the migratory path between North and South America, presenting bird and butterfly expeditions. The landscape hosts a diverse wildlife population. The Quinta Mazatlan is a historic Spanish colonial mansion and is McAllen's wing of the World Birding Center. [30]

The McAllen Dog Park is divided into two sections.

The Bicentennial Bike Path runs all the way from Highway 83 on the south side to Bicentennial and Nolana on the north side.

The Zinnia Spray Water Park is McAllen's first sprayground park. It is located at 29th and Zinnia Ave. [31]

Palm View Golf Course is located on South Ware Road just south of Highway 83. The golf course has 18 holes plus a driving range. This course hosts numerous tournaments year round. [32]

Government

List of mayors of McAllen, Texas
  • Frank W. Crow, 1911-1913 [33] [34]
  • O. P. Archer, 1913-1923
  • F.B. Freeland, 1923-1929
  • Frank E. Osborn, 1929-1931
  • John Ewing, 1931-1934
  • A.L. Landry, 1935-1937
  • Horace Etchison, 1937-1944
  • Dr. Frank Osborn, 1944-1945
  • Allen F. Vannoy, 1945-1947
  • T. B. Waite, Jr., 1947-1948
  • C. W. Davis, 1949-1952
  • Angus McLeod, 1952-1953
  • Phillip Boeye, 1953-1961
  • Robert F. Barnes, 1961-1963
  • Paul G. Veale, 1963-1969
  • Jack Whetsel, 1969-1977
  • Othal E. Brand, 1977-1981
  • Othal E. Brand Sr., 1981-1997
  • Leo Montalvo, 1997-2005
  • Richard F. Cortez, 2005-2013
  • James E. Darling, 2013-2017

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates an office in McAllen. [35]

Federal representation

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas McAllen Division is located at Bentsen Tower 1701 W. Hwy. 83, Suite 1011, McAllen, Texas.

The United States Postal Service operates two post offices in McAllen, the McAllen Post Office located at 620 Pecan Blvd and the McAllen Downtown Post Office at 406 12th Street. [36] [37]

The United States Border Patrol McAllen Station is located at 3000 West Military Highway.

The United States Border Patrol Central Processing Center is located at 3700 W Ursula Avenue, McAllen, Texas. [38] [39]

The 2LT Luis G. Garcia United States Army Reserve Center located at 600 S Col Rowe Blvd is home for the U.S. Army Reserve 961st Quartermaster Company, 461st Transportation Detachment, and 519th Transportation Detachment.

McAllen is represented in the United States House of Representatives by two Democrats: Vicente González of the 15th Congressional District, and Henry Cuellar of the 28th Congressional District.

Transportation

Mass transit

Metro McAllen (formerly McAllen Express Transit - MET) has provided public transportation for the city of McAllen since June 1997. In the beginning, McAllen's public transportation system, McAllen Express, was administered by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. Since 2005, Metro McAllen has been operated as a department of the city of McAllen. Metro McAllen now has seven fixed routes serving residents and visitors of McAllen. It operates six days of the week, 13 hours per day. LRGVDC continues to operate regional buses under the name Valley Metro.

MET Fare structure

AdultsStudentsElderly
$1.00$0.50$0.50

Downtown bus terminal The city of McAllen also operates the bus terminal facility in downtown McAllen, known as McAllen Central Station. Central Station serves as a hub for MET and for 14 private domestic and international bus lines. Around 60 buses depart from Central Station on a daily basis.

Highways

Airports

Education

Postsecondary

Primary and secondary schools

McAllen Public Library McAllen Public Library Entrance.jpg
McAllen Public Library

The McAllen Independent School District serves most of the city. Portions of the city extend into the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, which operates two elementary schools within the McAllen city limits. The Hidalgo Independent School District, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Sharyland Independent School District, and Valley View Independent School District also serve McAllen.

In addition, residents are allowed to apply to magnet schools operated by the South Texas Independent School District.

The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville operates Our Lady of Sorrows School, an elementary and middle school.

Public libraries

McAllen Public Library operates a main library and two branches, the Lark Branch and the Palm View Branch. The New Main Library opened in the fall of 2011 inside a former Walmart. [41] The library earned high praise and became the recipient of the International Interior Design Association's 2012 Library Interior Design Awards. [42]

Media and journalism

Television stations

Radio stations

Area newspapers

Architecture and points of interest

The Cityscape of McAllen. This view is on 2nd and Ridge Road in McAllen. Cityscape of McAllen, Texas.jpg
The Cityscape of McAllen. This view is on 2nd and Ridge Road in McAllen.
McAllen skyline. On far right is the Chase Neuhaus Tower in Downtown. Mcallen2009.jpg
McAllen skyline. On far right is the Chase Neuhaus Tower in Downtown.
RankBuildingHeight
1Chase Neuhaus Tower17 Floors
2BBVA Compass Tower11 Floors
3Bentsen Tower11 Floors
4DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel9 Floors
5 McAllen Medical Center 8 Floors
6 Inter National Bank 6 Floors
McAllen Convention Center District Mcallen 2016-08-29-20-44-18-1.png
McAllen Convention Center District
  1. Downtown McAllen
  2. De Palmas Historic District
  3. 17 Street Entertainment District
  4. McAllen Arts District
  5. Uptown McAllen
  6. McAllen Convention Center District
McAllen Convention Center McAllen Convention Center.jpg
McAllen Convention Center
  1. McAllen Botanical Gardens
  2. Quinta Mazatlan
  3. McAllen Convention Center
  4. La Plaza Mall
  5. International Museum of Art and Science
  6. Historic Cine El Rey Theatre

Notable people

See also

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of McAllen, Texas, USA.

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