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Harlingen, Texas

Harlingen is a city located in Cameron County in south Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 57,564.

There are two high schools in this city that are called the South and North campus. The south campus has a hawk as the mascot and the north has a cardinal as a mascot.

Harlingen is home of the Rio Grande Vally White Wings, a Central Baseball League Minor league baseball team.


Harlingen is located at 26°11'32" North, 97°41'47" West (26.192203, -97.696275)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 88.9 km² (34.3 mi²). 88.2 km² (34.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.76% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 57,564 people, 19,021 households, and 14,360 families residing in the city. The population density is 652.4/km² (1,689.6/mi²). There are 23,008 housing units at an average density of 260.7/km² (675.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 78.68% White, 0.92% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 16.39% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. 72.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 19,021 households out of which 38.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% are married couples living together, 16.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% are non-families. 20.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.94 and the average family size is 3.44.

In the city the population is spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $30,296, and the median income for a family is $34,015. Males have a median income of $27,014 versus $21,795 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,886. 24.9% of the population and 19.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 34.7% are under the age of 18 and 16.2% are 65 or older.

Harlingen has Valley International Airport, which also serves South Padre Island.