Harlingen, Texas, is located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. With a racially diverse population of 54,391, it is the principal municipality of the Harlingen-Brownsville metropolitan area. Situated at the junction of Interstates 2 and 69 East and minutes from Valley International Airport, the city is easily accessible and you can find some outstanding values in homes here.
Founded in 1904, Harlingen has grown slowly but steadily since its incorporation in 1910. Though the local economy is rooted in agriculture, manufacturing, the wholesale and retail trade and a collection of service industries have expanded the economy base. The average family income is $34,015 and a majority of workers who reside in Harlingen have blue-collar jobs, but 41% of all residents are white-collar employees. You can find small homes for well below $100,000, but a family might want something with more room. One example is an attractive brick, three-bedroom, three-bath home listed for $124,900. Need something larger? You might consider a four-bedroom, two-bath home of 2,161 square feet for $169,950.
Harlingen residents are active in civic organizations and fraternal orders and there are also many women’s clubs. Those interested in the arts may wish to join the membership of the Rio Grande Valley Art League or the Art Forum. The Rio Grande Valley Civic Association presents an annual winter concert series at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium. In the spring, the city hosts the annual Rio Grande Valley International Music Festival. Residents enjoy attending movies and shopping at familiar brand name stores, such as Walmart and the Bass Pro Shop. Commutes to work are generally short in this area of Texas and since the weather runs warm to hot year round, people spend a good deal of time outdoors. All things considered, you could do worse than choose Harlingen, Texas, as your new home.