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Welcome to Alton ...

The city of Alton is located in Hidalgo County<1>.

The location of Alton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Alton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altonian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Alton has a population of 17,588 people<4> (see below for details).

Alton is 160 feet [49 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Alton lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alton lies within the (956) area code.

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Alton had an population of 17,588 people. This is an increase of 42.52% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 301.19% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Alton had a population of 12,341 people. This makes Alton the county's 10th most populous community.

The population of Alton represents 0.05% of the population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's 187th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 12,341 people, the population of Alton increased 181.5% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 4,384 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Alton.

Communities Also Named Alton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Texas communities named Alton: This one is located in Hidalgo County and the other is located in Denton County.

Beyond Texas, there are 37 communities that are also named Alton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alton.

Communities near Alton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alton.

  • McAllen [Hidalgo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McAllen
    • McAllen [Hidalgo County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Alton
    • Estimated population for 2018: 143,433 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on McAllen
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McAllen
  • Edinburg [Hidalgo County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edinburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edinburg
    • Edinburg [Hidalgo County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the east of Alton
    • Estimated population for 2018: 98,665 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edinburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Edinburg
  • Pharr [Hidalgo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pharr
    • Pharr [Hidalgo County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Alton
    • Estimated population for 2018: 79,707 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pharr
  • San Juan [Hidalgo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Juan
    • San Juan [Hidalgo County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Alton
    • Estimated population for 2018: 37,154 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Juan
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Alamo [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alamo
      • Alamo [Hidalgo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Alton
      • Estimated population for 2018: 19,754 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alamo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alamo
    • Donna [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donna
      • Donna [Hidalgo County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southeast of Alton
      • Estimated population for 2018: 16,611 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Donna
    • Hidalgo [Hidalgo County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hidalgo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hidalgo
      • Hidalgo [Hidalgo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the south of Alton
      • Estimated population for 2018: 14,083 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hidalgo
    • Elsa [Hidalgo County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elsa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elsa
      • Elsa [Hidalgo County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the east of Alton
      • Estimated population for 2018: 7,107 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elsa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elsa
    • Penitas [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Penitas
      • Penitas [Hidalgo County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Alton
      • Estimated population for 2018: 4,854 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Penitas
    • La Joya [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Joya
      • La Joya [Hidalgo County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the west of Alton
      • Estimated population for 2018: 4,339 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Joya

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alton ...

Looking for more information about Alton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alton.

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About Hidalgo County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Hidalgo County: www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Texas' counties, including Hidalgo, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alton.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.2893, Longitude: -98.3137       In this case, the coordinates for Alton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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