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Welcome to Elsa ...

The city of Elsa is located on the South Texas Plains.

Elsa is located in Hidalgo County<1>.


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


While we don't have a date for the founding of Elsa, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1927.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Elsa has a population of 7,160 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Elsa is 60 feet [18 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The area code for Elsa: (956)

The ZIP code for Elsa: 78543<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Elsa had an population of 7,160 people. This is an increase of 26.5% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 29.03% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Elsa had a population of 5,660 people. This makes Elsa the county's 12th most populous community.

The population of Elsa represents 0.02% of the total population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's 309th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,660 people, the population of Elsa increased 2% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 5,549 people).

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

Communities Also Named Elsa ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 2 communities that are also named Elsa - they are located in California and Yukon.

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

Communities near Elsa ...

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

  • McAllen
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Edinburg
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
  • Pharr
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pharr
    • Pharr is located in Hidalgo County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 79,513 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pharr <6>
  • Harlingen
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harlingen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harlingen
    • Harlingen is located in Cameron County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 65,176 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harlingen <6>
  • Weslaco
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
  • San Juan
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
  • Alamo
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alamo
    • Alamo is located in Hidalgo County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,556 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alamo <6>
  • Alton
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
    • Alton is located in Hidalgo County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,785 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alton <6>
  • Mercedes
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Donna
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donna
    • Donna is located in Hidalgo County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,316 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Donna <6>

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 Elsa. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Elsa.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Elsa. 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 Elsa.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Elsa. See our Newspapers Page for Elsa.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Elsa ...

Looking for more information about Elsa? 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 Elsa, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Elsa.

Adding Elsa to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Elsa in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Elsa was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Elsa post office opened in 1927.

We also found Elsa on a map titled Road Map for Texas (from Shell Oil, 1956).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Elsa.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Elsa. 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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Elsa.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Elsa - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Elsa). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Elsa or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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