San Juan, Texas

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San Juan, Texas
Location of San Juan, Texas
Location of San Juan, Texas
Hidalgo County SanJuan.svg
Coordinates: 26°11′33″N 98°9′10″W / 26.19250°N 98.15278°W / 26.19250; -98.15278Coordinates: 26°11′33″N 98°9′10″W / 26.19250°N 98.15278°W / 26.19250; -98.15278
Country United States of America
State Texas
County Hidalgo
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Mario Garza
Leonardo "Lenny" Sanchez
Adina "Dina" Santillan
Ernesto "Neto" Guajardo
Marco "Markie" Villegas
 • City ManagerBenjamin "Ben" Arjona
 • Total11.64 sq mi (30.16 km2)
 • Land11.64 sq mi (30.16 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
105 ft (32 m)
 • Total35,294
 • Density3,032.13/sq mi (1,170.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code956
FIPS code48-65516[2]
GNIS feature ID1346393[3]

San Juan is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. As of the 2020 census the population was 35,294, up from 33,856 in 2010. It is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission and Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan areas.

The city is known for the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, one of the largest churches in South Texas.


The community was organized in 1909, in part, due to the efforts of John Closner.


San Juan is located in southern Hidalgo County at 26°11′33″N 98°9′10″W / 26.19250°N 98.15278°W / 26.19250; -98.15278 (26.192451, –98.152708),[4] in the Rio Grande Valley region. It is bordered to the west by the city of Pharr and to the east by the city of Alamo. Unincorporated communities bordering San Juan include Lopezville to the northwest, Murillo to the north, and North Alamo to the northeast. San Juan is 5 miles (8 km) east of McAllen and 8 miles (13 km) south of Edinburg, the county seat. It is 10 miles (16 km) north of the Mexican border at the Pharr–Reynosa International Bridge over the Rio Grande.

According to the United States Census Bureau, San Juan has a total area of 11.5 square miles (29.7 km2), all of it land.[5]

The center of San Juan is south of Interstate 2/U.S. Route 83 and east of U.S. Route 281.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2020 census[edit]

San Juan racial composition[7]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 998 2.83%
Black or African American (NH) 50 0.14%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 30 0.09%
Asian (NH) 67 0.19%
Pacific Islander (NH) 2 0.01%
Some Other Race (NH) 57 0.16%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 83 0.24%
Hispanic or Latino 34,007 96.35%
Total 35,294

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 35,294 people, 9,875 households, and 8,566 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 26,229 people, 6,606 households, and 5,952 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,383.0 people per square mile (919.8/km2). There were 7,719 housing units at an average density of 701.3 per square mile (270.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 4.4% White, 0.34% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 15.93% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 95.12% of the population.

There were 6,606 households, out of which 56.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.9% were non-families. 8.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.95 and the average family size was 4.19.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 37.4% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 15.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,706, and the median income for a family was $23,314. Males had a median income of $18,756 versus $16,910 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,945. About 32.7% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.6% of those under age 18 and 24.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the San Juan Post Office.[10]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Almost all of San Juan is a part of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. A small fringe portion is a part of the Hidalgo Independent School District.[11]

PSJA elementary schools in San Juan include Carman Elementary, Clover Elementary, Doedyns Elementary, Garza-Peña Elementary, North San Juan Elementary, Reed-Mock Elementary, Sorensen Elementary, and Leonel Trevino Elementary.[12] Austin Middle School, which opened in 1970, and San Juan Middle School are inside the city.[13] Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School is in San Juan, serving most of it. A small northeastern section is zoned to Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High School in Alamo.[14]

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

Public libraries[edit]

San Juan Memorial Library serves San Juan. It is located at 1010 S. Standard, San Juan, Texas 78589.[15]

Radio stations[edit]

  • KFRQ 94.5FM
  • KKPS 99.5FM
  • KNVO 101.1FM
  • KVLY 107.9FM

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): San Juan city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  8. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Post Office Location - SAN JUAN Archived 2010-05-03 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  11. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Hidalgo County, TX." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "PSJA Elementary School Zones." Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. 2015. Retrieved on January 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "PSJA Middle School Zones." Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. 2015. Retrieved on January 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "PSJA High School Zones." Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. 2015. Retrieved on January 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "Location Archived 2011-05-05 at the Wayback Machine." San Juan Public Library. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[8][9]

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