Harlingen Tx Museum

Harlingen Texas

Harlingen Texas is a city in Cameron County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The city covers more than 34 square miles (88 km2), and is the second largest city in Cameron County and the sixth largest in the Rio Grande Valley. As of the 2010 Census the city had a total population of 64,849 and grew 12.5% since the 2000 Census. It is also the city with the cheapest cost of living in the United States.

Harlingen Tx  is a principal city and a major part of the BrownsvilleHarlingen Tx metropolitan area, which is part of the larger BrownsvilleHarlingen-Raymondville combined statistical area, included in the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan area.

 

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.3 square miles (89 km2), of which, 34.1 square miles (88 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (0.76%) is water.

Soils in Harlingen Tx range in texture from fine sandy loam to clay. They are neutral to moderately alkaline with pH of 7.2 to 8.5 (most commonly around 8.2), and are moderately well drained or well drained in most cases. There are small areas of poorly drained, saline clays.

 

 

Climate

 

Climate data for Harlingen, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 94
(34)
99
(37)
104
(40)
107
(42)
105
(41)
106
(41)
107
(42)
108
(42)
107
(42)
100
(38)
97
(36)
93
(34)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 69.7
(20.9)
73.5
(23.1)
79.2
(26.2)
84.4
(29.1)
89.2
(31.8)
93.6
(34.2)
94.9
(34.9)
95.7
(35.4)
91.5
(33.1)
85.4
(29.7)
78.7
(25.9)
70.7
(21.5)
83.9
(28.8)
Average low °F (°C) 49.7
(9.8)
52.7
(11.5)
57.9
(14.4)
64.3
(17.9)
70.8
(21.6)
74.6
(23.7)
75.3
(24.1)
75.3
(24.1)
72.3
(22.4)
64.9
(18.3)
57.9
(14.4)
50.7
(10.4)
63.9
(17.7)
Record low °F (°C) 14
(−10)
21
(−6)
12
(−11)
37
(3)
46
(8)
57
(14)
60
(16)
60
(16)
52
(11)
33
(1)
29
(−2)
15
(−9)
14
(−10)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.23
(31.2)
1.70
(43.2)
1.51
(38.4)
2.13
(54.1)
3.02
(76.7)
2.32
(58.9)
2.31
(58.7)
2.24
(56.9)
5.33
(135.4)
3.14
(79.8)
1.41
(35.8)
1.60
(40.6)
27.95
(709.9)
Source: National Weather Service

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1920 1,784
1930 12,124 +579.6%
1940 13,306 +9.7%
1950 23,229 +74.6%
1960 41,207 +77.4%
1970 33,503 −18.7%
1980 43,543 +30.0%
1990 48,746 +11.9%
2000 57,564 +18.1%
2010 64,849 +12.7%
2011 66,122 +2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Texas Almanac: 1850-2010

 

As of the census of 2000, there were 57,564 people, 19,021 households, and 14,360 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,689.6 people per square mile (652.4/km²). There were 23,008 housing units at an average density of 675.3 per square mile (260.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.68% White, 0.92% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 16.39% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. 72.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race; most are of Mexican descent due to the proximity of the border.

As in other cities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, a significant part of Harlingen Tx’s transient population and a significant contributor to its economy consists of “Winter Texans.” Winter Texans are generally retirees from the northern Midwestern states and Canada who come to escape the northern winter weather between roughly November and March.

There were 19,021 households, out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18, 55.6% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.44.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,296, and the median income for a family was $34,015. Males had a median income of $27,014 versus $21,795 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,886. About 19.3% of families and 24.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.7% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education

K–12 schools

The city is covered by the Harlingen Tx Consolidated Independent School District and South Texas Independent School District. Harlingen Tx is home to three high schools – Early College High School, Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South. Saint Anthony Catholic School is a parochial school for grades K-8 (with a 3 & 4 year old Montessori Program). It is one of the few Catholic school in the city of Harlingen with a current enrollment of 220 students.

The Marine Military Academy, a nationally recognized, private, all male college preparatory school is located in Harlingen Texas..

Universities and colleges

The city has a branch of the Texas State Technical College, a two-year technical school and access to University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College in nearby Brownsville, South Texas College in McAllen, and University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg.

In 2002, the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio opened the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen. Third and fourth-year medical students from the San Antonio campus can complete their clinical rotations in the Rio Grande Valley based out of the RAHC. The RAHC also supports an Internal Medicine Residency Program. The RAHC medical library is open to the public.

Public libraries

The Harlingen Public Library serves local residents.

Media and Journalism

 

Pictures:

Old Downtown Harlingen Texas

Old Downtown Harlingen Texas

 

 

Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum

Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum

Harlingen Tx Baseball Fieldharlingen texas

Old Downtown Harlingen Texas

Old Downtown Harlingen Texas

Valley International Airport

Valley International Airport