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The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) is located in deep South Texas. It encompasses four counties: Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron. With towns along the border with Mexico, from Rio Grande City, including Mission, McAllen, Edinburg, Harlingen, and Brownsville to South Padre Island, the area resembles a large American "hot dog". It's a multicultural area, where deliciously American and Mexican cultures are mingled together. Brownsville and McAllen are the area's largest cities with approximately one-hundred-fifty-thousand inhabitants each. The beaches of South Padre Island are one of the most important tourist attractions in the area, particularly at Spring Break time. For its privileged climate, opportunities for growth and development, its many attractions and amenities, RGV is really an ideal place both for living and for visiting. Just explore this website, to confirm the above.

NOTE: To all visitors and newcomers, we suggest obtaining a copy of The Official Guide of the Rio Grande of the Rio Grande Valley


The city of Mission, founded in 1907 by Conway and Holt, is today one of the major cities of the Valley. Now with approximately fifty-thousand inhabitants, it is a quiet city with a pleasant climate and palm-lined avenues. In the winter months, Mission is home to many famous residents. Also known as the home of grapefruit, the city celebrates the annual grapefruit festival along citric Conway Avenue.

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Pharr is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The city population is more than 56,000. Pharr is connected by bridge to the Mexican city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. It is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pharr is a promising city and has a big economic growth and development.

    Interesting Facts:
  • Mayor: Leopoldo Palacios Jr.
    Phone:(956) 702-5335

  • City of Pharr
    118 S. Cage Blvd. · Pharr, TX · 78577
    Phone: (956) 702-5335 · Fax: (956) 702-5313

  • Pharr Chamber Of Commerce
    308 W. Park. Pharr, TX 78577
    Phone:. (956) 787-1481
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With approximately one-hundred-fifty-thousand inhabitants, McAllen is considered one of the largest cities in the Valley and Hidalgo County. The cities of Edinburg, Mission, McAllen and surroundings form a metropolitan area with approximately seven-hundred-thousand (700,000) inhabitants. Considered one of the fastest growing areas of the nation, McAllen is an ideal place to raise a family. Its proximity to Mexico, and the mix of cultures (80% of the population is Hispanic) makes this city a unique place because it has the best of both worlds culturally. Called the City of Palms, McAllen has a warm, subtropical climate. In the summer, temperatures reach above 90 °F while the winter averages 50 °F. McAllen is a quiet and friendly town where you can speak both English and Spanish. In summary, McAllen is a unique and delicious city.

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Located north of the city of McAllen is Edinburg, a city of nearly forty-eigth-thousand people. It is home to the University of Texas Pan American and is the capital of Hidalgo County.

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Weslaco is a city located in the heart of the Valley region. It is a strategic location and is ideal for moving from one place to another. Ideal for golfing, shopping and tourists in general. To its residents, Weslaco offers good schools and homes at a relatively low cost. Its comfortable environment makes this city an ideal place to raise a family.

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Harlingen, with about firty-eight-thousand inhabitants, is the second largest city in Cameron County. Harlingen is home to the Marine Military Academy. It is also home to an international airport which is conveniently located for people who are destined for South Padre Island, as the island is located minutes away. Harlingen has a center full of small shops selling antiques, where you can enjoy pleasant evenings.

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Brownsville is a wonderful port city near the Gulf of Mexico, full of palm trees and exotic birds. Its semi-tropical climate makes it a lovely place for those fleeing the long northern winters. It's a very traditional city, where the mix of Spanish and American cultures is evident. The Mexican city of Matamoros is across the Rio Grande from Brownsville. The historical and cultural legacy of Brownsville is interesting.


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South Padre Island

One of the definite advantages of living in the Rio Grande Valley region is beautiful South Padre Island. With a variety of hotels to choose from, it is the ideal vacation destination. South Padre Island is home to about five-thousand year-round residents and is host to tens-of-thousands of tourists yearly. The island is the destination to many spring and summer vacationists. Water sports, dolphin-watching, horseback riding and fishing are among the many activities offered on the island. One of its largest attractions is the annual sand castle festival, a competition that takes place every year in mid-October. Padre Island is named after Jose Nicolas Balli, a Catholic priest (Padre is Spanish for priest) who was its founder.

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Rio Grande City

Rio Grande City, with approximately twelve-thousand inhabitants, is the capital of Starr County. It is very popular for its historical past, as it is considered the oldest settlement in all of South Texas.


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The Mexican city of Reynosa has approximately five-hundred-twenty-thousand (520,000) inhabitants. It is an industrial city that is located across the Rio Grande River, near the city of McAllen, Texas, USA.


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