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

Mission is located in Hidalgo County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Mission, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1907.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Mission has a population of 84,224 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Mission is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The area code for Mission: (956)

The ZIP codes for Mission: 78572-78573<4>

Websites for Mission ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Mission had an population of 84,224 people. This is an increase of 9.3% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 85.48% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Mission had a population of 77,058 people (which is 9.95% of the total population of Hidalgo County). This makes Mission the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Mission represents 0.31% of the population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's 43rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 77,058 people, the population of Mission increased 69.7% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 45,408 people).

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

Communities Also Named Mission ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 25 communities that are also named Mission - they are located in Arizona, British Columbia, California (6), Delaware, Idaho, Kansas (4), Michigan (3), Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina (2), Oregon, South Dakota and Washington.

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

Communities near Mission ...

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

  • Edinburg
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Pharr
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • 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 <5>
  • San Juan
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
  • Alamo
    (12 miles [19.3 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>
  • Donna
    (17 miles [27.4 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
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Penitas
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
  • La Joya
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
  • Sullivan City
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
  • La Lomita ‑ Historic
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for La Lomita have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Lomita
    • La Lomita is located in Hidalgo County

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

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Mission ...

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

Adding Mission to Our Gazetteer ...

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

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

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

For more details, see References and Mentions for Mission.

The official website for Mission:

The official website for Hidalgo County:

The official website for State of Texas:

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 Mission.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Mission - 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 Mission). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Mission or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Mission includes: 78572 & 78573.
<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:


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