Cost of Living,
Harlingen's Real Estate Market
Brownsville-Harlingen Metro Area
Profile: Small border city complex
Location: Extreme south Texas along the Rio Grande and Mexican border, 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico
Time zone: Central Standard Time
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|Nearby water recreation||Heat and humidity|
|Pleasant winters||Low educational attainment|
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, but besides this and South Padre Island, there isn’t much to do, and the area is physically unappealing. 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 70s and 80s. For the remainder of the year, highs are in the 90s with lows in the 70s. Hot, dry winds out of Mexico can yield temperatures of 100[dg]F. 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.
Interesting Facts about Harlingen, Texas
As of 2014, Harlingen's population is 64,947 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 6.91 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Harlingen is $75,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.90 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Harlingen's cost of living is 24.70% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
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.--------------------
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.
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Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Harlingen's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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