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3 Cities and towns
Geography\nAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,099 km² (1,583 mi²). 4,066 km² (1,570 mi²) of it is land and 33 km² (13 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.82% water.
Demographics\nAs of the census2 of 2000, there are 569,463 people, 156,824 households, and 132,829 families residing in the county. The population density is 140/km² (363/mi²). There are 192,658 housing units at an average density of 47/km² (123/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 77.71% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 18.64% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. 88.35% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 156,824 households out of which 49.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.00% are married couples living together, 15.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 15.30% are non-families. 13.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.60 and the average family size is 3.96.
In the county, the population is spread out with 35.30% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 16.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 27 years. For every 100 females there are 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $24,863, and the median income for a family is $26,009. Males have a median income of $21,299 versus $18,297 for females. The per capita income for the county is $9,899. 35.90% of the population and 31.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 45.50% are under the age of 18 and 23.30% are 65 or older.
Cities and towns\n*Abram-Perezville\n*Alamo\n*Alton\n*Alton North\n*Cesar Chavez\n*Citrus City\n*Cuevitas\n*Doffing\n*Donna\n*Doolittle\n*Edcouch\n*Edinburg\n*Elsa\n*Faysville\n*Granjeno\n*Havana\n*Heidelberg\n*Hidalgo\n*Indian Hills\n*La Blanca\n*La Homa\n*La Joya\n*La Villa\n*Laguna Seca\n*Llano Grande\n*Lopezville\n*Los Ebanos\n*McAllen\n*Mercedes\n*Midway North\n*Midway South\n*Mila Doce\n*Mission\n*Monte Alto\n*Muniz\n*North Alamo\n*Nurillo\n*Olivarez\n*Palmhurst\n*Palmview\n*Palmview South\n*Penitas\n*Pharr\n*Progreso\n*Progreso Lakes\n*Relampago\n*San Carlos\n*San Juan\n*San Manuel-Linn\n*Scissors\n*South Alamo\n*Sullivan City\n*Villa Verde\n*Weslaco\n*West Sharyland