As of 2013, the population in McAllen was 136,639 which is more than a 28 percent increase since 2000. Some of the city's most popular neighborhoods are Waterwalk, Cardona at Benston Lakes, The Rocks, Village of Westlakes, Heatherwood and Las Villas at Meadowood. Downtown 17th Street is a hub for nightlife and has many restaurants and bars. The city also offers over two dozen galleries in its arts district, which is located near the center of the city on Main Street. There is an Art Walk the first Friday of the month from September to May. Adjacent to the arts district is McAllen's historic district which runs along 15th Street, and is home of landmark Archer Park, Sam and Majorie Miller House (c. 1837) and Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel (c. 1918).

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McAllen, Texas, is located in the southernmost part of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, and is on the United States - Mexican border. Homes are very affordable in this part of the country and buyers often get a lot for their money. The area also boasts a low cost of living. The housing options range from modest two bedroom ranch-style homes to large five bedroom mansions with multiple amenities, well-manicured lawns and swimming pools.

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