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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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+
McAllen is a city in Texas with a population of 139,838. McAllen is in Hidalgo County. Living in McAllen offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In McAllen there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in McAllen and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in McAllen are above average.
About McAllen...
Population
139,838

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$120,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$758
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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McAllen Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    86.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    34
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    128.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,619.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    26%
    13%

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What I love about McAllen, is the diversity in culture that it portrays. It is one of the cities that has expanded greatly over a couple of years, not only in its population but in its employment rate. There is a great number of activities and sites to see. The food is always great! What I would like to have changed is the stigma of the city being very close to the border. The environment in itself, excluding the politics, is always full of energy.
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Living in Mcallen, has been quite an experience. It's very different from any other city. The food is too die for! There's no other place like this anywhere else. I would never want to live anywhere else, McAllen is always the place to be. It's people are great too! The friendly and kind smiles are always welcoming to visitors and residents. I'd recommend this place to everyone else.
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.