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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$117,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$739
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%

McAllen Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    75
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    11
    41
  • Robbery
    46
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    233
    500
  • Theft
    2,828
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    82
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,568
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    25%
    13%

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McAllen, where I was born and bred, the city that shaped me into what I am today. McAllen has evolved over the years into a symbol of growth, with new job opportunities, a strong inclination toward entrepreneurship, an increase in healthcare availability, a rise in tourist attractions, among other great additions. Moreover, the community has cultivated a Tex-Mex culture unlike any other that can make anyone feel at home with its emphasis on family! Yet, there is significant diversity found in the McAllen community. One may visit the southern part of McAllen for some great Mexican delicacies one minute, then completely change one's atmosphere by traveling north of the train tracks. The northern part of McAllen, with its hip cafes and stores, where one may shop until they drop! All in all, McAllen has become a city where everyones' interest can be met.
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McAllen, Texas is where its at if you are looking for an ever growing community! Perfect for hip young adults looking to expand their horizons, McAllen is a great place to do so.

Constantly evolving to expand, businesses, local and commercial flourish here, and there is a friendless about the atmosphere that is uncanny.

Located a mere hour and a a half from South Padre Island one of Texas's most popular vacation locations.
McAllen, Tx is a small growing town. Recently, the retail and restaurant industry is booming, but the downfall is that it is many of the same big companies expanding. The town has focused on family friendly events, especially around the major holidays. The commute time is moderate, as there has been recent construction on the major area of the expressway. The nightlife is popular around 17th street. For the older crowds there are local restaurants that have local live music. There is not many outdoor activities. Also, restaurants in support of "healthy living" are almost nonexistent. Mcallen is located in close proximity to South Padre Island.