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The 2000 Census showed that Hidalgo County had a population of 569,463 people. This represented 2.73% of the total population of Texas, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 254 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Hidalgo had a population of 741,152 people. This is an increase of 30.15% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010774,769+36.05%+4.54% since 2009
2009741,152+30.15%+2.76% since 2008
2008721,275+26.66%+2.77% since 2007
2007701,862+23.25%+2.65% since 2006
2006683,719+20.06%+2.74% since 2005
2005665,475+16.86%+2.93% since 2004
2004646,523+13.53%+3.09% since 2003
2003627,164+10.13%+3.25% since 2002
2002607,449+6.67%+3.21% since 2001
2001588,533+3.35%+3.35% since 2000
2000569,463The Last Census

Hidalgo County had 192,658 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Hidalgo County has a total area<3> of 1,582 square miles [4,099 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (12.92 square miles [33.46 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Hidalgo County had a population density of 362.8 people per square mile [140.1 people/km²], making it the state's 14th most densely populated county (out of 254 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Hidalgo County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Hidalgo and the state of Texas.

Click here for the Hidalgo County QuickFact (QF-48215).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Hidalgo County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
San JuanQF-486551634,53426,22931.66%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Hidalgo County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BrooksQF-48047   N7,3777,976-7.51%
CameronQF-48061   E396,371335,22718.24%
KenedyQF-48261   NE369414-10.87%
StarrQF-48427   W62,67153,59716.93%
WillacyQF-48489   NE20,39520,0821.56%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Hidalgo. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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