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  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
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    B+
McAllen is a city in Texas with a population of 141,597. McAllen is in Hidalgo County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in McAllen offers residents a dense 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
141,597

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$123,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$767
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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McAllen Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    46.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    26.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    104.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,356.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    19.3
    284

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
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    25%
    13%

Working in McAllen

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,279
National
$55,322
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I love Mcallen! It’s not a big city, but it’s the biggest city in Hidalgo County. Every weekend, you’ll find everyone you know in Mcallen, that’s where you go for fun! Mcallen has grown so much in the past couple of years businesses wise, it’s so much more developed now. Everyone speaks spanish wherever you go, and everyone around you is always a kind stranger. Mcallen is the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, it’s home.
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McAllen is a city close to the border of Mexico, due to this it has brought an abundance of hispanic culture in the valley, and has brought diversity to us. There is a lot to do from attending concerts, going to the convention center, the Plaza Mall and the movie theaters (especially El Rey, which is a theater located in Downtown McAllen.) and the IMAS Museum of Art and Science. McAllen has a great school district as well, it has Rowe, McAllen High, Memorial and Lamar Academy which provides students in the district the opportunity to be in the International Baccalaureate program, which is a very rigorous program students can join to challenge themselves academically. Many in the McAllen District have achieved to go to many ivy leagues and have become great athletes because of the great school district. Overall, McAllen is filled with welcoming, intelligent, and kind people.
Everyone should agree the roadways and lack of population, make for an easy commute most times of the day. Especially when compared to a much larger city, say Austin, San Antonio or Houston.
Home prices are cheaper here, than most parts of the US. Those are the only two advantages of living in the RGV itself.
Lack of diversity, the boredom factor and the high crime rate are major problems. If your palate goes beyond great Mexican food and fast food, you'd better call Saul, because you're not getting it here. It's boring, too. Once past the initial attractions, you'll be trekking it to San Antonio (often) like we do. Crime is high for this size of populace, directly linked to very low wages paid by local employers, I believe. Comparing wages via Indeed, etc, always show 18-25 lower than the national average.
In summation, it would make for a good two week vacation, but young people will escape the area via college or the military. They won't be back.