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A+ McAllen Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A+ McAllen Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% lower than Texas
7921% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
McAllen cost of living
B McAllen Crime Total crime is 1% lower than Texas
Total crime
2,7567% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 377% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-16%Year over year crime is down
McAllen crime
D McAllen Employment Household income is 17% lower than Texas
Median household income
$45,56818% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,72627% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% higher than the US average
McAllen employment
D McAllen Housing Home value is 18% lower than Texas
Median home value
$117,50036% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73922% lower than the US average
Home ownership
61%5% lower than the US average
McAllen real estate or McAllen rentals
B+ McAllen Schools HS graduation rate is 9% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
70%15% lower than the US average
School test scores
73%49% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
McAllen K-12 schools or McAllen colleges

Living in McAllen, TX

Located in the state of Texas, McAllen is a medium-sized city with a population of 138,475 residents. According to the most recent Census, 82% of McAllen residents are White, 3% Asian and 1% Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of McAllen are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 76% of the population also speak Spanish. McAllen tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in McAllen, Texas. Finding the best places to live in McAllen and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, weather, employment and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 84/100, McAllen is ranked #469 in the United States and #150 in Texas. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in McAllen could be a great choice! McAllen also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! There are seven total categories that create the livability score. McAllen scores well for amenities (A+), crime (B-), cost of living (A+), weather (A) and education (B+). On a more negative note, McAllen does not have favorable scores for the following: employment (D) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy McAllen 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. Some of the notable things to do include: Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Convention Center, and McAllen Public Library.

An affordable cost of living can help reduce your monthly expenses and knowing that housing prices continue to rise, most people will take all the help that they can get. McAllen benefits from a cost of living that is 22.6% less than the national average. This means that everything from goods and services to transportation costs will be lower than most other cities.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. McAllen has a violent crime rate of 144 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in McAllen have a test score average of 73%, which is well above the US 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 McAllen is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in McAllen come in at $117,500, which is 17.7% lower than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In McAllen, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 0% lower than the Texas average. Real estate appreciation rates in McAllen are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for McAllen homes comes in at 3.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 4.1%.

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justice system

Although i think McAllen Texas is a great beautiful city its justice system lacks a lot. For lack of a better word it sucks. I know this because i have been involved in the system helping my girlfriend with a custody case for the last 4 years. As far as the DA in McAllen he is very corrupted would not even look at evidence we had. Instead he told our lawyer to get out of his office and said my girlfriend was lying about everything. The lady judge that handles most of the custody cases in McAllen, well very corrupted and very bias. In fact we had her removed form the case after 4 years of fighting and the court got us another judge from out of town. The child protection department in McAllen well don't get me started. They certainly don't put the children first. Tell you what if you are white and have money or are related to someone who is considered a well know figure in the community, well you have it made. Also some of the lawyers in McAllen can be bought if the price is right. You have to be careful who you trust in McAllen. This man got away with child abuse and no one helped, its all about how much money you have to give these people. For those of you out there fighting in McAllen's justice system i wish you good luck.
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Great place to live!

We moved here from Louisiana. We actually live in Mission but Mission and Mcallen have pretty munched merged. Everyone is very friendly. We moved to Sharyland Plantation and couldnt be happier with our purchase. This is a family community. The schools are the best. We have 2 daughters in elementary and they live it. The teachers am principal are great and run a tight ship. Shimotsu is the elementary and the junior high is right down the road you have to live in this area with In 1 mile to attend Shimotsu. The area reminds me of Mayberry Str. Lol! Kids ride their books and walk to school. They have great walking paths and sidewalks throughout the plantation.

Sharyland Plantation has several subdivisions in it with different price ranges through out. We have found Taft so many people that move around a lot move here. So you have lots in common with a lot of people. We live in Camino Real and its amazing how family friendly our neighborhood is. Family riding bikes together. Kids playing everywhere. I couldn't be happier with our choice. We feel so safe here. My husband travels so I wanted to be somewhere I felt safe. Good thing about this neighborhood is people are constantly moving in and out, when there. 3 to 5 is up, so you won't have a problem selling your home. :)
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Fun in the Sun - McAllen, Texas

After living in the Rio Grande Valley and visiting there yearly I can testify to its constant tropical beauty along with a variety of places to go, attractions to see and things to do. It's hard to mention McAllen without also mentioning Edinburg and Mission. Over the years they have merged into a metropolitan whose only differences are distinguished by their City Limit signs. Three cities equals trice the fun for younger as well as older generations. The cost of living in McAllen is very low, allowing you to get a great bang for your buck!

The city of McAllen reeks with Mexican Flavor from authentic Mexican food; there is a restaurant on every corner, to the diverse colorful shops at the Las Palmas mall. Bird watching in McAllen is awesome with a spectacular variety of birds, traveling on their migratory path between North and South America. With palms, bougainvilleas, oleanders and a host of exotic tropical flowers and fruit trees, butterflies abound as well as a diverse wildlife population.

I still enjoy crossing over into Reynosa Mexico from McAllen, where the drug cartel is less volatile and shopping for inexpensive souvenirs, trinkets, alcohol, reduced dental treatment and pharmaceutical drugs. Take a trip to McAllen, I promise you won't be disappointed.
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Source: The McAllen, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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