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Pros

-Cost of living
-Nearby water recreation
-Pleasant winters

Cons

-Property crime
-Heat and humidity
-Low educational attainment


What Bert Has To Say About Brownsville-Harlingen Metro Area


Located at the extreme southern tip of Texas and the continental U.S., Brownsville is a thriving border town and minor resort area mainly serving wintering Texans. It anchors the subtropical Lower Rio Grande Valley, a vast area spreading 60 miles west and 30 miles north, a business-friendly area clustered with small towns, agriculture, and commercial and manufacturing interests tied to Mexico and free trade status. Brownsville is a major trading center and “maquiladora” or border zone manufacturing center for U.S. companies and an international seaport. There are Gulf Coast beach areas about 20 miles east of town at the mouth of the Rio Grande, notably South Padre Island, a favorite winter and spring-break destination.

Recent economic statistics are mixed with high unemployment but strong projected job growth. In recent decades, the region has undergone rapid growth as industries have located to take advantage of inexpensive labor, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and ocean shipping. Industry is diverse with everything from food processing to petrochemicals to paper bags and hats. The city has a large Hispanic population and a sizable Hispanic middle class. The intersection between the Hispanic and Anglo cultures adds interest.

The University of Texas at Brownsville, a consolidation of previous higher education institutions, has 11,500 students. There are few cultural or recreational amenities outside of watersports and cross-border shopping, and though home prices are reasonable, parts of the city have problems with traffic, unemployment, and substandard housing. Harlingen, a smaller city about 25 miles northwest in the Rio Grande Valley, has an Air Force base and is also an industrial and transportation center largely connected to Mexico and the free-trade market.

The surrounding country is mainly level agricultural land with marshy coastal areas to the east. The Gulf of Mexico is the dominant climate influence. Prevailing southeast Gulf breezes provide a humid but generally mild tropical-like climate. Winds are frequently strong and gusty in the spring. October through April temperatures are mild, with highs in the 70’s and 80’s. For the remainder of the year, highs are in the 90’s with lows in the 70’s. Hot, dry winds out of Mexico can yield temperatures of 100 degrees. Cold weather is infrequent and of short duration. The heaviest rains occur in late spring and again in early fall with some extended periods of cool rainy weather in winter. Torrential rains may accompany tropical storms or hurricanes that occasionally move over the area in summer or fall.


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Quick Facts About Harlingen


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Harlingen is 6.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Harlingen jobs have Increased by 0.92 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Harlingen's cost of living is 24.70% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Harlingen's population is 64,947 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 6.91 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Harlingen is $75,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Harlingen public schools spend $10,617 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.1 students per teacher in Harlingen.

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Nice, relaxing place to be
Harlingen is 40 mins from South Padre Island whis was recently rated the 5th best beach in the continental US. It's clean (the beach and the water) and it's almost never... (read more)
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