Sullivan City, Texas

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Sullivan City, Texas
City of Sullivan City
Location of Sullivan City, Texas
Location of Sullivan City, Texas
Hidalgo County SullivanCity.svg
Coordinates: 26°16′30″N 98°34′6″W / 26.27500°N 98.56833°W / 26.27500; -98.56833Coordinates: 26°16′30″N 98°34′6″W / 26.27500°N 98.56833°W / 26.27500; -98.56833
Country United States of America
State Texas
County Hidalgo
 • Total3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Land3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
200 ft (61 m)
 • Total4,002
 • Density1,100/sq mi (430/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)956
FIPS code48-70868[2]
GNIS feature ID1348049[3]

Sullivan City is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas. The population was 4,002 at the 2010 United States Census.[1] It is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission and Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan areas.


Sullivan City was named for Captain Ed Sullivan, a World War veteran, who owned a ranch. The town was formally opened in 1908. In 1911, the town was incorporated with Sam Hargrove as Mayor. William Jennings Bryan purchased land in the area in 1910, and he established a store and filling station.


Sullivan City is located at 26°16′30″N 98°34′6″W / 26.27500°N 98.56833°W / 26.27500; -98.56833 (26.275087, -98.568330).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20184,137[4]3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,998 people, 981 households, and 909 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,117.1 people per square mile (431.2/km²). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 317.4 per square mile (122.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.96% White, 0.10% African American, 0.03% Native American, 34.09% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 98.65% of the population.

There were 981 households out of which 60.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.0% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.3% were non-families. 6.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.08 and the average family size was 4.29.

In the city, the population was spread out with 38.5% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,743, and the median income for a family was $18,056. Males had a median income of $16,628 versus $12,670 for females. The per capita income for the city was $5,131. About 49.0% of families and 47.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.2% of those under age 18 and 60.5% of those age 65 or over.


Sullivan City is served by the La Joya Independent School District.[6][7] Elementary schools that serve the city are Rosendo Benavides Elementary and Sam Fordyce Elementary School.[8] The secondary schools serving the city are Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School,[9] and La Joya High School.[10]

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

Areas to the west of Sullivan City are served by the Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School District.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Sullivan City Post Office.[11]


  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 "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. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Sullivan City city, TX." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Hidalgo County, TX." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Elementary School Zones 2017-2018." La Joya Independent School District. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Middle School Zones 2017-2018." La Joya Independent School District. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "High School Zones 2017-2018." La Joya Independent School District. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Post Office Location - SULLIVAN CITY." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.