Alamo Texas, in what is nicknamed the “Land of Two Summers,” is a town in the irrigated area of southern Hidalgo County, Texas. This town was incorporated in 1924, and it was named for the Alamo Land and Sugar Company, is 240 miles south of the more famous Texas Alamo Mission, and is near the Mexico-U.S. border. It is located in an area of abundant vegetable farming and citrus groves, and it is a noted winter resort/retirement town. Alamo is also one of the Rio Grande Valley’s gateways to Mexico, via U.S. Route 281 and Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas. Alamo‘s population was just 18,353 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census.
Alamo Texas is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission and Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan areas.
Alamo Texas is located at 26°11′6″N 98°7′4″W / 26.18500°N 98.11778°W / 26.18500; -98.11778 (26.185113, -98.117892). This is 240 miles south of San Antonio.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,760 people, 4,621 households, and 3,826 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,580.8 people per square mile (996.3/km²). There were 6,208 housing units at an average density of 1,085.5 per square mile (419.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.61% White (including Latinos that were born before the 60s considered whites by law ), 0.21% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 13.73% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 78.10% of the population.
There were 4,621 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.19 and the average family size was 3.57.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,928, and the median income for a family was $24,827. Males had a median income of $17,476 versus $14,683 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,564. About 24.9% of families and 32.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.0% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure
The United States Postal Service operates the Alamo Post Office.
Primary and secondary schools
Elementary schools in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo District include Bowie Elementary, Zeferino Farias Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Gus Guerra Elementary, North Alamo Elementary. Alamo Middle School is located in Alamo and the PSJA district. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High School serves Alamo.
Captain D. Salinas II Elementary of Donna ISD serves that portion.
In addition, all Alamo residents are allowed to apply to magnet schools operated by the South Texas Independent School District.
Valley Christian Heritage School is in Alamo.
IDEA Alamo Academy & College Preparatory also enrolls local students as a branch of IDEA Public Schools.
Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library is located in Alamo. The library is named after United States Army Sergeant Fernando “Ferna” De La Rosa, who died during a roadside bomb explosion on October 27, 2009 in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.