McAllen is the twenty-second most populous city in Texas and the largest city in Hidalgo County, Texas. It is located at the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley (not a geographical valley) and is part of the Southern United States. It is on the Rio Grande, across from the Mexican city of Reynosa, and is about 70 miles (110 km) west of South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico. The 2012 estimates put the city's population at 140,717 and the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission metropolitan area at 804,934. The Reynosa–McAllen Metropolitan Area counts a population of nearly 1.5 million.
From its settlement in 1904, the area around McAllen was largely rural and agricultural in character, but the latter half of the 20th century saw steady growth, which accelerated during the 1980s, leading to an economic and population boom in the 1990s and 2000s. Today the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, The introduction of the maquiladora economy and the North American Free Trade Association led to a boom in international trade, cross-border commerce with Mexico, and health care. McAllen is a regional retail destination for northeastern Mexican states. While McAllen's total population is 20th among Texas cities, it ranks 12th in overall retail sales, and third in the state in total retail sales both per household and per capita.
|City of McAllen|
|Nickname(s): City of Palms and The Texas Tropics|
Location in the state of Texas
|Coordinates: 26°12′59″N 98°14′11″W|
McAllen Public Library operates a main library and two branches, the Lark Branch and the Palm View Branch. The New Main Library opened in the fall of 2011 inside a former Walmart, and at 124,500 square feet, is credited as the largest single story public library in the U.S.
Birdwatching – The McAllen is positioned on the migratory path between North and South America, presenting bird and butterfly expeditions. The landscape hosts a diverse wildlife population.
The Quinta Mazatlan is the historic Spanish colonial mansion and is McAllen’s wing of the World Birding Center and is a great place to explore and learn about the flora and fauna in McAllen. Children of all ages can register for the science programs, tours and special events throughout the year. Quinta Mazatlan has something for everyone!
The McAllen Dog Park is another place for recreation for dogs of all sizes. The lighted park is located off of Tamarack and 2nd Street. The park is divided into two sections, a big dog and small dog side. The park is usually open until 10pm every night.
The 2nd St. Bike path is another place to enjoy a stroll. This path stretches for several miles and runs from North to South on McAllen's East side. The path is lined with trees, shade, and the occasional marker to let you know where you are at.
The Bicentennial Bike Path runs all the way from Highway 83 on McAllen's South side to Bicentennial and Nolana on McAllen's North side.
The Zinnia Spray Water Park is McAllen's first spray ground park. It's located at 29th and Zinnia Ave.
Bill Schupp Park is park in North McAllen that has giant playscapes for climbing, sliding and having fun. The park has plenty of space to play ball, have a picnic, and there are plenty of trails for running. There is also a sunken garden area for performances.
Palm View Golf Course is located on South Ware Rd. just South of Highway 83. The golf course has 18 holes plus a driving range. This course hosts numerous tournaments year round.