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

The community of Edinburg is the Seat for Hidalgo County.

Hidalgo County was founded in 1852 and was created by taking area from CameronCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Hidalgo had a population of 741,152 people. This is an increase of 30.15% since the last Census (which gave a population of 569,463 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Hidalgo represented 2.73% of the total population of Texas, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 254 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
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% 
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2000569,463The Last Census

More information can be found on the Hidalgo County Census Page for Hidalgo County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Hidalgo County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Hidalgo County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
McAllen   132,225106,41424.26% increase  
Edinburg   72,42448,46549.44% increase  
Mission   68,99045,40851.9% increase  
Pharr   66,23146,66041.94% increase  
Weslaco   34,70126,93528.83% increase  

Websites for Hidalgo County

Official Website:   www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/

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<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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