McAllen, Texas

McAllen: The second most populous city in Hidalgo County, Texas. It is located on the Rio Grande River in southern Texas. McAllen is known for its many citrus groves, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the McAllen International Museum of Art and the McAllen Civic Center.


McAllen is a city located in the county of Hidalgo in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 129,877 and a population density of 853 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 143,751 inhabitants.

The city was created 120 years ago in 1903.

McAllen is a city located in southern Texas along the Rio Grande, across the border from Reynosa, Mexico. With over 140,000 residents, McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County and the center of the Rio Grande Valley metropolitan area.


McAllen traces its roots back to a ranch settlement established in 1904 named for the landowner, John McAllen. In 1911, the town site was surveyed and organized around the newly arriving railroad.

Agriculture, cattle ranching, and the cotton trade fueled McAllen's early development through the first half of the 20th century. Today the economy is more diverse, though produce growing remains important.

Transportation Hub

Being a border city along a key north-south interstate, McAllen has emerged as an important trade and transportation center. Features include:

  • Foreign-Trade Zone status allowing duty-free importing
  • McAllen-Miller International Airport serving cargo and passenger flights
  • Rail crossings handling freight between the U.S. and Mexico
  • An international trucking industry focused on produce


McAllen also caters to tourists and snowbirds attracted to its warm weather and cultural sights:

  • The International Museum of Art and Science
  • Historic theater Cine El Rey showcasing independent films
  • Quinta Mazatlan - Spanish colonial mansion turned nature center
  • Winter Texan RV parks and residential towers

Overall, McAllen combines border town intrigue with cultural attractions in the unique Rio Grande Valley region of Texas. It's a window into commerce with Mexico and Hispanic heritage.

McAllen locator map
Location of McAllen on Texas map.

Quick Facts about McAllen

Population : 143,751 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : Hidalgo County
Postal code : 78501–78505
Phone Area Codes : 956
Area : 152.18 km2
Altitude : 121 feet / 37 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1904 (120 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 00:52:56 (14th June 2024)
Density : 945 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 9.65% (2010-2020)
Cityscape of McAllen  Texas image
Cityscape of McAllen Texas
Cityscape of McAllen  Texas image


McAllen is located at 26°12'12"N 98°13'48"W (26.2034100, -98.2300100).

McAllen map

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  • Cadereyta Jiménez
  • Guadalupe
  • Irapuato


The population of McAllen increased by 9.65% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 129,877 - census
2011 134,639 3.54% estimation process
2012 136,277 1.2% estimation process
2013 137,421 0.83% estimation process
2014 138,719 0.94% estimation process
2015 139,909 0.85% estimation process
2016 141,888 1.39% estimation process
2017 142,249 0.25% estimation process
2018 142,530 0.2% estimation process
2019 143,268 0.52% estimation process
2020 143,751 0.34% estimation process

McAllen zip code is 78501. County name: Hidalgo, County fips: 48215

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People born in McAllen (32)

People born in McAllen, including United States federal judge Samuel Frederick Biery Jr., fiction writer Elizabeth Moon, actress Lois January, .


  • Christian Chávez (Mexican singer and actor) he was born in 07/08/1983
  • Jorge Cantú (American baseball player) he was born in 30/01/1982
  • Carlos Moreno Jr. (American actor) he was born in 20/12/1971
  • Mitch Watkins (American musician) he was born in 01/08/1952
  • Mike Heath (American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, world champion, former world record-holder) he was born in 09/04/1964
  • Kevin Kruger (American basketball player) he was born in 01/05/1983
  • Gloria DeLeon (American organizational executive) she was born in 16/12/1952
  • Víctor Garza (Mexican association football player) he was born in 25/02/1992
  • Juan Hinojosa (Texas politician) he was born in 07/03/1946
  • Marisa Quinn (American actress) she was born in 01/01/2000
  • Matt Gonzalez (American politician, lawyer, and activist) he was born in 04/06/1965
  • Rick Luecken (American baseball player) he was born in 15/11/1960
  • Stephen Saenz (Mexican shot putter) he was born in 23/08/1990
  • Viola Canales (American writer) she was born in 21/04/1957
  • Henry Cuesta (American clarinetist) he was born in 23/12/1931
  • James N. Rowe (Recipient of the Purple Heart medal) he was born in 08/02/1938
  • Eddie Rodriguez (American politician) he was born in 01/07/1971
  • Raúl Castillo (American actor and playwright) he was born in 30/08/1977

Schools in McAllen

College & universities near McAllen, TX

Code Name City ZIP
409315 South Texas College McAllen (TX) 78502-9701
408385 Southern Careers Institute-Pharr Pharr (TX) 78577
229656 Vogue College of Cosmetology-McAllen McAllen (TX) 78501-1945
489283 The College of Health Care Professions-McAllen Campus McAllen (TX) 78504-4398
228219 Platt College-STVT-McAllen McAllen (TX) 78501

Stations (3)

Amtrak & bus stations near McAllen, 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 McAllen

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Mcallen Post Office McAllen (TX) 78501
Mcallen Post Office McAllen (TX) 78501
Pharr Post Office Pharr (TX) 78577
San Juan Post Office San Juan (TX) 78589
Mission Post Office Mission (TX) 78572

Other cities in Hidalgo County

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

City Name Population Title
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
Palmview South 5,575 Census designated place

Distance to Other Cities

McAllen distances to largest Texas cities