Citrus City, Texas

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Citrus City, Texas
Census-designated place
Location of Citrus City, Texas
Location of Citrus City, Texas
Hidalgo County CitrusCity.svg
Coordinates: 26°19′38″N 98°23′28″W / 26.32722°N 98.39111°W / 26.32722; -98.39111Coordinates: 26°19′38″N 98°23′28″W / 26.32722°N 98.39111°W / 26.32722; -98.39111
Country  United States of America
State  Texas
County Hidalgo
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 217 ft (66 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,321
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (440/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78572
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-15028[2]
GNIS feature ID 1378124[3]

Citrus City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hidalgo County, Texas. The population was 2,321 at the 2010 United States Census.[1] It is part of the McAllenEdinburgMission Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town was founded in 1943 during World War II by Howard Moffitt, a builder known for his vernacular Moffitt cottage architectural style, as part of a planned regional orange and grapefruit growing community. The local irrigation system proved to be too saline for fruit production, and the plans for a large town were revised. A few Moffitt houses survive in Citrus City.[4]


Citrus City is located at 26°19′38″N 98°23′28″W / 26.32722°N 98.39111°W / 26.32722; -98.39111 (26.327092, -98.390987).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 941 people, 203 households, and 190 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 463.0 people per square mile (179.0/km²). There were 222 housing units at an average density of 109.2/sq mi (42.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 13.28% White, 0.21% African American, 85.76% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 98.72% of the population.

There were 203 households out of which 67.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.4% were non-families. 5.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.64 and the average family size was 4.68.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 43.1% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 11.1% from 45 to 64, and 2.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $15,278, and the median income for a family was $14,667. Males had a median income of $15,972 versus $14,886 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,117. About 49.4% of families and 47.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.2% of those under age 18 and 54.8% of those age 65 or over.


Citrus City is served by the La Joya Independent School District.

In addition, South Texas Independent School District operates magnet schools that serve the community.


  1. ^ a b c "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Miller, Phil (1992) Howard Moffitt's Small Homes and Stone Cottages. The Palimpsest: Iowa's Popular History Magazine:73(4).