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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 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
139,838

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$120,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$758
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    39.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    27
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    140.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,492.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    38.1
    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
    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%

Working in McAllen

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,057
National
$55,322
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Great place for families. Ecotourism is amazing. Ultimate Tex-Mex experience.
Cost of living is pretty low, but that does not mean you sacrifice on the quality of life. Houses are beautiful, their design ranges from Mexican Hacienda, Mediterranean, Austin Mid Century and Florida Modern. Public school system is excellent, and you are not married to your zip code as there are many charter and magnet school options. The local food, especially Mexican, is amazing. Great retail shopping options and almost every franchise restaurant seems to be represented here to capture the influx of Mexican shoppers coming across on daily basis.
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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.
I’ve lived in McAllen for most of my life and I have loved it. We are a part of the RGV, which is the name of the cluster of small cities that McAllen occupies. There’s Edinburg, which has a university that belongs to the UT system, Mission, Pharr, and McAllen. These cities are a part of the Rio Grande Valley and border the line between the U.S. and Mexico. Making us a tourist attraction to people coming from across the border. We are quickly expanding due to education, business opportunities, affordable housing, a beach that is an hour away, and most importantly land that is available. I’m unsure which city will overtake who but as hospitals keep growing, for lease plazas opening up, and even SpaceX, a company whose goal is to commercialize spaceflight, just opened a launch pad at the island an hour away, then there is room for expansion and I can’t wait to experience the feel of a bigger city.