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Welcome to McAllen ...

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

McAllen is located in Hidalgo County<1>.



The community of McAllen was established in 1904.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, McAllen has a population of 142,971 people<2> (see below for details).

McAllen is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

McAllen is located in the (956) area code.

The ZIP codes for McAllen: 78501-78505<4>

Websites for McAllen ...

Official Website:   www.mcallen.net/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.mcallen.org/

Junior League:   www.juniorleaguemcallen.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, McAllen had an population of 142,971 people. This is an increase of 10.08% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 34.35% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, McAllen had a population of 129,877 people (or 16.76% of the total population of Hidalgo County). This makes McAllen the county's most populous community.

The population of McAllen represents 0.52% of the population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's 20th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 129,877 people, the population of McAllen increased 22.05% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 106,414 people).

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

Communities near McAllen ...

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

  • Edinburg
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Weslaco
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
  • Alamo
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • 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 <5>
  • Alton
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<6> 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 <5>
  • Mercedes
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
  • Donna
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
    • 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 <5>
  • Hidalgo
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
  • Elsa
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elsa have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elsa
    • Elsa is located in Hidalgo County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,120 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elsa <5>
  • Progreso
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Progreso have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Progreso
    • Progreso is located in Hidalgo County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,979 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Progreso <5>
  • Palmview
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palmview have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmview
    • Palmview is located in Hidalgo County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,839 people

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around McAllen. Our list includes 16 papers. See our Newspapers Page for McAllen.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for McAllen ...

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

Adding McAllen to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of McAllen 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 McAllen was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the McAllen post office opened in 1907.

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

For more details, see References and Mentions for McAllen.

The official website for McAllen: www.mcallen.net/

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>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for McAllen.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around McAllen - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 McAllen). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether McAllen or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for McAllen includes: 78501, 78502, 78503, 78504 & 78505.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<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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