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A+ Harlingen Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A+ Harlingen Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% lower than Texas
7426% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Harlingen cost of living
D- Harlingen Crime Total crime is 49% higher than Texas
Total crime
4,45962% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2362% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
24%Year over year crime is up
Harlingen crime
F Harlingen Employment Household income is 35% lower than Texas
Median household income
$35,71835% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,59441% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%4% higher than the US average
Harlingen employment
F Harlingen Housing Home value is 43% lower than Texas
Median home value
$81,90056% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$69627% lower than the US average
Home ownership
57%11% lower than the US average
Harlingen real estate or Harlingen rentals
B Harlingen Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
70%16% lower than the US average
School test scores
69%41% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Harlingen K-12 schools or Harlingen colleges

Living in Harlingen, TX

Located in the state of Texas, Harlingen is a moderately-sized city with a population of 65,634 inhabitants. The majority of Harlingen residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Harlingen are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 51% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Harlingen residents is 31, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Harlingen, Texas could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Harlingen and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Texas and national averages.

Using data and statistics Harlingen has received a livability score of 78 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 90th percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on this score, Harlingen would be considered a very livable city! The cherry on top is that Harlingen also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Harlingen ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (A+), weather (A+) and education (B). Harlingen does not fare well for the following: crime (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Harlingen on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Harlingen: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, Rio Grande Valley Museum, and Hush Night Club.

From the cost of groceries to never ending utility bills, monthly expenses can add up in a hurry. We are happy to report that the cost of living in Harlingen is actually 26.09% lower than the national average. You can definitely expect all those irritating monthly expenses to be less than most other cities.

Knowing that the Harlingen schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 69%, which is far higher than the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Harlingen is actually affordable. The median home price for Harlingen homes is $81,900, which is 42.6% lower than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Harlingen, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 11.5% lower than the Texas average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Harlingen were 2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.6%.

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nothing good happens in harlingen

Harlingen is the worst place in the world, nothing good to see and nothing good to do! no one wants to live there, and if they do live there its probably not by choice!
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Harlingen, TX - Your Average Community

I visited Harlingen, TX last year as I was driving back from Mexico. It seemed to be a quaint Dutch town and while it was not a bad experience, it was lacking in attractions and unique entertainment.

As a supporter of the troops I did very much enjoy seeing the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was a pleasurable experience and it was very fascinating to see.

When looking for food in Harlingen, I highly recommend the Mexican bakeries in town. Not being from a place so near Mexico, I had never been to a Mexican bakery, but the food as unique and quite excellent to say the least. Other than the bakeries, I was disappointed with the lack of restaurants and especially quality ones.

If you do find yourself in Harlingen, South Padre Island is a short drive away. This is a gorgeous island that is perfect for anyone looking to relax. The beaches and water look like they leapt out of a magazine. It is well worth the visit and you will be sure to have quite a bit of fun while there.
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Source: The Harlingen, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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