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Census data changes Valley’s Top 10 cities

 By: Sergio Chapa

 Valleycentral.com

The Rio Grande Valley has a new pecking order.

Action 4 News crunched the numbers and learned the Top 10 cities for the Valley has changed.

The biggest change came from the City of Harlingen, which fell from third place to sixth place.

Although Harlingen grew 12.5 percent between 2000 and 2010, three cities in Hidalgo County each grew by more than 50 percent.

But the battle for the number three spot will continue. Only 42 people separate #3 Edinburg from #4 Mission.

Top 10 Cities in the Rio Grande Valley

         
City 2010 2000 Difference Change
Brownsville 175,023 140,075 34,948 24.9%
McAllen 129,877 106,211 23,666 22.3%
Edinburg 77,100 48,863 28,237 57.8%
Mission 77,058 45,920 31,138 67.8%
Pharr 70,400 46,616 23,784 51.0%
Harlingen 64,849 57,624 7,225 12.5%
Weslaco 35,670 26,802 8,868 33.1%
San Juan 33,856 26,107 7,749 29.7%
San Benito 24,250 23,615 635 2.7%
Alamo 18,353 15,078 3,275 21.7%
         

Although most Valley cities grew by double-digit numbers, cities such as Donna, Port Isabel, San Benito, Elsa and Santa Rosa only had single-digit growth.

Edcouch and Roma were the among the few Valley communities that actually lost population.

Other Valley Cities

City 2010 2000 Difference Change
Donna 15,798 14,577 1,221 8.4%
Mercedes 15,570 13,870 1,700 12.3%
Rio Grande City 13,834 12,185 1,649 13.5%
Raymondville 11,284 9,706 1,578 16.3%
Hidalgo 11,198 7,322 3,876 52.9%
Roma 9,765 9,852 -87 -0.9%
Elsa 5,660 5,549 111 2.0%
Los Fresnos 5,542 4,537 1,005 22.2%
Port Isabel 5,006 4,868 138 2.8%
La Joya 3,985 3,277 708 21.6%
Edcouch 3,161 3,342 -181 -5.4%
Santa Rosa 2,873 2,833 40 1.4%
South Padre Island 2,816 2,455 361 14.7%
Rancho Viejo 2,437 1,754 683 38.9%
         

The census results will be used for redistricting state and federal legislative districts.

According to the Rio Grande Guardian, both Hidalgo County and Starr County are considering suing the federal government over the census results.

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