Edinburg, Texas

Edinburg: The most populous city in Hidalgo County, Texas. It is located on the Rio Grande in southern Texas. Edinburg is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Edinburg Scenic Drive and the Edinburg Museum of Art.


Edinburg is a city located in the county of Hidalgo in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 77,100 and a population density of 742 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 102,374 inhabitants.

The city was created 116 years ago in 1907.

Edinburg is a city located in the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas. With a population of over 100,000, Edinburg serves as the county seat for Hidalgo County.


The town was founded in 1908 and was named after John Young Chapin, a land developer from Edinburgh, Scotland. The name was later changed to Edinburg to more closely match the Scottish spelling.

Edinburg was mainly an agricultural community up until the 1920s. The introduction of irrigation systems allowed the region to grow into a major producer of citrus fruit, cotton, sugarcane, and other crops.

Economy and Education

Today, Edinburg has a diverse economy. Key industries include agriculture, trade, healthcare, education, and government services. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College both have campuses located in Edinburg. These colleges help supply an educated workforce for the city and surrounding region.

Edinburg is home to the Edinburg Regional Medical Center, one of the area's largest employers. The city is also seeing more retail development as major chains like HEB, Walmart, and JC Penney open stores to serve the growing population.

Culture and Tourism

Annual events like the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show attract visitors from across South Texas. Edinburg's museums and historic downtown square preserve the city's history and heritage. Popular sites include the Museum of South Texas History, the Children's Museum of South Texas, and the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center.

With a blend of culture, commerce, and education, Edinburg continues to thrive as an important hub in the Rio Grande Valley. The city's location on the Mexican border and its majority Hispanic population shape its distinctive South Texas character.

Edinburg locator map
Location of Edinburg on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Edinburg

Population : 102,374 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : Hidalgo County
Postal code : 78539–78541
Phone Area Codes : 956
Area : 103.95 km2
Altitude : 95 feet / 29 meters
Capital city : Edinburg is capital of Hidalgo County
Establishment : January 01, 1908 (116 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 12:41:29 (14th April 2024)
Density : 985 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 24.69% (2010-2020)
Hidalgo County Courthouse image
Hidalgo County Courthouse
Hidalgo County Courthouse image


Edinburg is located at 26°18'6"N 98°9'48"W (26.3017400, -98.1633400).

Edinburg map


The population of Edinburg increased by 24.69% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 77,100 - census
2011 84,796 9.08% estimation process
2012 86,263 1.7% estimation process
2013 88,355 2.37% estimation process
2014 90,342 2.2% estimation process
2015 91,780 1.57% estimation process
2016 92,776 1.07% estimation process
2017 95,427 2.78% estimation process
2018 98,036 2.66% estimation process
2019 101,170 3.1% estimation process
2020 102,374 1.18% estimation process

Edinburg zip code is 78539. County name: Hidalgo, County fips: 48215

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People born in Edinburg (17)

People born in Edinburg, including bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, singer Bobby Pulido, baseball player from the United States Pedro Villarreal, .


Schools in Edinburg

College & universities near Edinburg, TX

Code Name City ZIP
227368 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg (TX) 78539-2999
229425 UCAS University of Cosemtology Arts & Sciences-McAllen McAllen (TX) 78504
476726 Rio Grande Valley College Pharr (TX) 78577-2106
489283 The College of Health Care Professions-McAllen Campus McAllen (TX) 78504-4398
229656 Vogue College of Cosmetology-McAllen McAllen (TX) 78501-1945

Stations (3)

Amtrak & bus stations near Edinburg, TX

Code Name Address Type
MEN McAllen, Texas 1501 West US Hwy 83 Business BUS
HGN Harlingen, Texas 215 E. Monroe Ave. BUS
BSV Brownsville, Texas 1134 E. St. Charles Street BUS

Post offices near Edinburg

Post Office Name City ZIP
Edinburg Post Office Edinburg (TX) 78539
Mcallen Post Office McAllen (TX) 78501
San Juan Post Office San Juan (TX) 78589
Pharr Post Office Pharr (TX) 78577
La Blanca Post Office La Blanca (TX) 78558

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Other cities in Hidalgo County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Hidalgo County , TX. (more)

City Name Population Title
McAllen 143,751 The second most populous city in Hidalgo County, Texas.
Mission 84,496 A city in Hidalgo County, Texas.
Pharr 79,513 The most populous city in Hidalgo County, Texas.
Weslaco 43,273 The largest city in Hidalgo County, Texas.
San Juan 37,034 In Hidalgo County, Texas, San Juan is a city.
Alamo 20,556 Town in southern Texas, United States
Alton 18,785 City in Texas
Mercedes 16,598 City in Texas, USA
Donna 16,316 City in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
Hidalgo 14,305 City in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
La Homa 11,985 Census designated place
Elsa 7,120 City in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
Mila Doce 6,222 Census designated place
Progreso 5,979 City in Hidalgo County, Texas
Palmview 5,839 City in Texas
Palmview South 5,575 Census designated place

Distance to Other Cities

Edinburg distances to largest Texas cities