Harlingen, Texas

Harlingen: The most populous city in Cameron County, Texas. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico in extreme southern Texas. Harlingen is known for its many beaches, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum and the Harlingen International Airport.


Harlingen is a city located in the county of Cameron in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 64,849 and a population density of 1,609 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 65,176 inhabitants.

The city was created 120 years ago in 1903.

Harlingen is a city in Cameron County in the central region of the Rio Grande Valley of the southern part of the U.S. state of Texas, about 30 miles from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to many businesses and industries as well as several colleges, including Texas Southmost College and Harlingen Public High School. The city's population was 65,028 at the 2020 census.

Harlingen was founded by W. T. Blocker and J.O. Schulze in 1906 as an agricultural community with five acres and a few houses on each acre. As of 2015, it has a population of over 65,000 people (up from 45,000 people in 2000).

The city's name comes from a railroad station called Harlin Station that was named for W.T. Blocker's father-in-law Dora Harlin, who owned property in the area where the station was built. The original site for Harlin Station is called Old Town today, but it has since been replaced by downtown.

Harlingen locator map
Location of Harlingen on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Harlingen

Population : 65,176 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : Cameron County
Postal code : 78550–78553
Phone Area Codes : 956
Area : 40.3 km2
Named for : Harlingen
Altitude : 39 feet / 12 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1904 (120 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 04:03:27 (15th April 2024)
Density : 1,617 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 0.5% (2010-2020)
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Harlingen Cold Storage
Harlingen Cold Storage image


Harlingen is located at 26°11'26"N 97°41'46"W (26.1906300, -97.6961000).

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The population of Harlingen increased by 0.5% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 64,849 - census
2011 65,638 1.2% estimation process
2012 65,786 0.22% estimation process
2013 65,674 -0.17% estimation process
2014 65,510 -0.25% estimation process
2015 65,208 -0.46% estimation process
2016 65,229 0.03% estimation process
2017 65,153 -0.12% estimation process
2018 64,996 -0.24% estimation process
2019 65,022 0.04% estimation process
2020 65,176 0.24% estimation process

Harlingen zip code is 78550. County name: Cameron, County fips: 48061

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People born in Harlingen (26)

People born in Harlingen, including singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, actor Nick Stahl, sprinter Bobby Morrow, .


  • Ed Fagan (American lawyer) he was born in 20/10/1952
  • Randy Williams (American baseball player) he was born in 18/09/1975
  • Dylan Gandy (Player of American football) he was born in 08/03/1982
  • Fran Fullenwider (American actress (1945-1997)) she was born in 16/11/1945
  • Tom Barker (American basketball player) he was born in 11/03/1955
  • Filemon Vela (Texas politician) he was born in 13/02/1963
  • Cayetano Garza (cartoonist) he was born in 15/10/1972
  • Filemon Vela, Sr. (United States federal judge) he was born in 01/05/1935
  • Harry Holt (American football player) he was born in 29/12/1957
  • Jeffrey Thompson (American congressman in Idaho) he was born in 16/09/1963
  • Jim Leavitt (American football player) he was born in 05/12/1956
  • Kim Young (professional golfer) he was born in 04/02/1955
  • Mark Farris (American football player) he was born in 09/02/1975
  • Moises Vela (American lawyer)
  • Ninfa Laurenzo (restaurateur) she was born in 11/05/1924
  • Roel Campos (American lawyer) he was born in 01/01/1949
  • Warren W. Tichenor (American diplomat) he was born in 01/01/1960
  • Blanca Vela (American politician) she was born in 27/05/1936

Schools in Harlingen

College & universities near Harlingen, TX

Code Name City ZIP
407683 UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-Harlingen Harlingen (TX) 78550-5034
459985 Southern Careers Institute-Harlingen Harlingen (TX) 78550
455974 South Texas Training Center San Benito (TX) 78586
228200 South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-Weslaco Weslaco (TX) 78599
437608 Advanced Barber College and Hair Design Weslaco (TX) 78596

Stations (3)

Amtrak & bus stations near Harlingen, TX

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

Post offices near Harlingen

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Harlingen Post Office Harlingen (TX) 78550
Harlingen Post Office Harlingen (TX) 78550
Comb Post Office Combes (TX) 78535
San Ben Post Office San Benito (TX) 78586
La Feria Post Office La Feria (TX) 78559

Other cities in Cameron County

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

City Name Population Title
Brownsville 183,428 The southernmost city in Texas.
San Benito 24,085 In Cameron County, Texas, USA, San Benito is a town.
Los Fresnos 7,826 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States
La Feria 7,240 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States
Cameron Park 6,963 Census designated place
Cameron Park Colonia 6,963 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States of America
Port Isabel 6,226 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States
Primera 5,271 Town of the United States
Laureles 3,692 Census designated place in Texas, USA
Laguna Heights 3,488 Place in Cameron County, Texas, United States
Laguna Vista 3,217 Town of the United States
Combes 3,037 Town of the United States
La Paloma 2,903 La Paloma, in Cameron County, Texas, United States, is a census-designated place (CDP).
South Padre Island 2,752 Town in Texas, United States
Santa Rosa 2,684 The town of Cameron County, Texas, U.
Rio Hondo 2,639 City in Texas, USA

Distance to Other Cities

Harlingen distances to largest Texas cities