McAllen–Edinburg–Mission metropolitan area

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McAllen MSA
McAllen–Edinburg–Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area
Map of McAllen MSA
Map of Texas highlighting the McAllen MSA covering Hidalgo County
CountryUnited States
Largest cityMcAllen
Other citiesEdinburg
 • Total1,583 sq mi (4,100 km2)
 (2015 including Hidalgo County)
 • Total800,000
 • Rank67th in the U.S.
 • Density493/sq mi (190/km2)

The McAllen–Edinburg–Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), is a U.S. metropolitan statistical area defined by the United States Census Bureau, consisting of one county – Hidalgo – in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas, anchored by the cities of McAllen, Edinburg, Pharr and Mission. It is ranked the fifth most populated metropolitan area in the state of Texas. It is also part of the transnational metropolitan area of Reynosa–McAllen.


As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 569,463 (though a July 1, 2009 estimate placed the population at 741,152).[1] According to the 2010 census, the population had reached 774,769. This population increase of 36.05% places it as the 11th fastest growing metropolitan statistic area from 2000 to 2010.

It has the lowest per capita income of the 276 MSAs within the 50 states at $9,899. Its median household income is also the lowest within the 50 states at $24,863. In a survey done in over 190 metropolitan areas it had the highest obesity rate of residents at 38.8 percent.[2] Today, the states with the highest poverty rates (of over 20 million living on $2 a day) are all in the southern part of the country (Table 1) [7], and the nation's poorest large metropolitan area is McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas.[3]




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Note: All census-designated places are unincorporated.

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  1. ^ "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-01)". 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 23, 2010. Archived from the original (CSV) on March 26, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "The List: The Most Obese Cities | US Obesity Rate & Skinniest Cities". LiveScience. December 29, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Hotez, Peter J. (September 4, 2014). "Neglected Parasitic Infections and Poverty in the United States". PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 8 (9): e3012. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003012. PMC 4154650. PMID 25188455.