Hidalgo County, Texas

Hidalgo County: County in New Mexico, United States

About

Hidalgo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 774,769 and a population density of 87 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 875,200 inhabitants. Its county seat is Lordsburg. The county was created 105 years ago in 1919.

Hidalgo County is located in southern Texas along the Rio Grande River and border with Mexico. The county was established in 1852 from parts of Cameron County and Starr County. It was named for the town of Hidalgo.

The original county seat was Edinburgh, but this was later moved to Edinburg in 1908. The town was renamed to Edinburg shortly after being established in the early 1900s as a railroad stop.

Key Facts About Hidalgo County Today

Population: As of 2021, over 870,000 people live in Hidalgo County, making it Texas' 7th most populous county.

Major Cities: The largest cities are McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Pharr, and Weslaco. McAllen has over 150,000 residents.

Economy: Agriculture and international trade with Mexico drive the local economy. Top industries include healthcare, retail, construction, and manufacturing.

Things to See and Do in Hidalgo County

Some top attractions and activities in Hidalgo County include:

  • Shopping and dining in downtown McAllen's Quinta Mazatlan district
  • Exploring the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg
  • Birdwatching and hiking at the World Birding Center
  • Touring the historic Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle
  • Trying Tex-Mex cuisine in the Rio Grande Valley region

With its Mexican-American culture and sub-tropical climate, Hidalgo County offers a unique South Texas experience along the border.

Hidalgo County locator map
Location of Hidalgo County on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Hidalgo County

Population : 875,200 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
Different from : Hidalgo County
Area : 8925 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.3%
Land as percent of area : 99.7%
Named for : Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo
Altitude : 95 feet / 29 meters
Capital : Lordsburg
Establishment : February 02, 1919
Time Zone : UTC−07:00
Local time : 13:02:04 (14th April 2024)
Density : 98 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 11.48% (2010-2020)
Hidalgo County New Mexico Courthouse image
Hidalgo County New Mexico Courthouse
Hidalgo County New Mexico Courthouse image

Geography

Hidalgo County is located at 26°23'48"N 98°10'52"W (26.3967200, -98.1810700). It has 4 neighbors: Cochise County, Greenlee County, Grant County and Luna County.

Hidalgo County map

The largest city of Hidalgo County is McAllen with a population of 143,751. Other cities include, Edinburg population 102,374, Mission population 84,496, Pharr population 79,513 and Weslaco population 43,273. See all Hidalgo County cities & populated places.

Hidalgo County Populated Places (more)

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Hidalgo County.

City Name Population Title
McAllen 143,751 The second most populous city in Hidalgo County, Texas.
Edinburg 102,374 The 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

Hidalgo County has 4 neighbours.

  • Lordsburg

Demographics

The population of Hidalgo County increased by 11.48% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 774,769 - census
2011 795,517 2.61% estimation process
2012 808,334 1.59% estimation process
2013 818,619 1.26% estimation process
2014 829,819 1.35% estimation process
2015 839,667 1.17% estimation process
2016 848,960 1.09% estimation process
2017 856,249 0.85% estimation process
2018 862,298 0.7% estimation process
2019 868,707 0.74% estimation process
2020 875,200 0.74% estimation process

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