Alamo, Texas

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This article is about the town located in the Rio Grande Valley and having no affiliation with the Alamo Mission in what is now downtown San Antonio, Texas, nor the San Antonio suburb of Alamo Heights, Texas. For other uses, see Alamo, Texas (disambiguation).
Alamo, Texas
Nickname(s): The Refuge to the Valley
Location of Alamo, Texas
Location of Alamo, Texas
Hidalgo County Alamo.svg
Coordinates: 26°11′6″N 98°7′4″W / 26.18500°N 98.11778°W / 26.18500; -98.11778Coordinates: 26°11′6″N 98°7′4″W / 26.18500°N 98.11778°W / 26.18500; -98.11778
Country  United States of America
State  Texas
County Hidalgo
 • Total 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
 • Land 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 18,353
 • Estimate (2013)[1] 18,965
 • Density 2,580.8/sq mi (996.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78516
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-01576[2]
GNIS feature ID 1329296[3]

Alamo is located in the Rio Grande Valley what is nicknamed the "Land of Two Summers," is a town known as "The Refuge to the Valley" in the irrigated area of southern Hidalgo County, Texas. The town is located in an area of abundant vegetable farming and citrus groves, and it is a noted winter resort/retirement town near the Mexico-U.S. border. Alamo is also one of the Rio Grande Valley's gateways to Mexico, via U.S. Route 281 and Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipasas well as gateway to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Alamo's population was 18,353 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census.


Alamo was laid out in 1909, and named after the Alamo Mission in San Antonio.[4]


Alamo is located at 26°11′6″N 98°7′4″W / 26.18500°N 98.11778°W / 26.18500; -98.11778 (26.185113, -98.117892).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,018
1940 1,944 91.0%
1950 3,017 55.2%
1960 4,121 36.6%
1970 4,291 4.1%
1980 5,831 35.9%
1990 8,210 40.8%
2000 14,760 79.8%
2010 18,353 24.3%
Est. 2015 19,246 [6] 4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

Alamo is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission and Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan areas.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 14,760 people, 4,621 households, and 3,826 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,580.8 people per square mile (996.3/km²). There were 6,208 housing units at an average density of 1,085.5 per square mile (419.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.61% White (including Latinos that were born before the 60s considered whites by law ), 0.21% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 13.73% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 78.10% of the population.

There were 4,621 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.19 and the average family size was 3.57.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,928, and the median income for a family was $24,827. Males had a median income of $17,476 versus $14,683 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,564. About 24.9% of families and 32.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.0% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Alamo Post Office.[8]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Most of Alamo's population resides within the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, although a portion does resides in the Donna Independent School District boundaries.

Elementary schools in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo District located in Alamo include Zeferino Farias Elementary, Agusto Guerra Elementary, Santos Livas[Previously N. Alamo] Elementary, Marcia R. Garza Elementary, John McKeever Elementary,. Secondary schools: Alamo Middle School, Audie Murphy Middle and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High School all serve Alamo.

Captain D. Salinas II Elementary of Donna ISD serves that portion.

In addition, all Alamo residents are allowed to apply to magnet schools operated by the South Texas Independent School District.

Valley Christian Heritage School is in Alamo.

Idea Public School District enrolls local students in any of a variety of area campuses in located in Alamo, San Juan, Pharr, Donna, Edinburg.

Public libraries[edit]

Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library is located in Alamo.[9] The library is named after United States Army Sergeant Fernando "Nando" De La Rosa, who died during a roadside bomb explosion on October 27, 2009 in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.[10]

Radio stations[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State and County Quick Facts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Tarpley, Fred (5 July 2010). 1001 Texas Place Names. University of Texas Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-292-78693-6. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Post Office Location - ALAMO." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Home." Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa." Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.

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