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San Juan, Texas
Location of San Juan, Texas
Location of San Juan, Texas
Hidalgo County SanJuan.svg
Country  United States of America
State  Texas
County Hidalgo
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 11.64 sq mi (30.16 km2)
 • Land 11.64 sq mi (30.16 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
105 ft (32 m)
 • Total 33,856
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,178.56/sq mi (1,227.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-65516
GNIS feature ID 1346393

San Juan is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 33,856, up from 26,229 in 2000. It is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission and Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan areas.

The city is known for the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, one of the largest churches in South Texas.


The community was organized in 1909, in part, due to the efforts of John Closner.

The City of San Juan is most commonly known for "Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan" which is one of the largest churches in the Rio Grande Valley.


San Juan is located at 26°11′33″N 98°9′10″W / 26.19250°N 98.15278°W / 26.19250; -98.15278 (26.192451, -98.152708).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28 km2), all of it land.

The community is in the valley of the Rio Grande.

San Juan is south of Interstate 2/U.S. Route 83 and east of U.S. Route 281.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,203
1930 1,615 34.2%
1940 2,264 40.2%
1950 3,413 50.8%
1960 4,371 28.1%
1970 5,070 16.0%
1980 7,608 50.1%
1990 10,815 42.2%
2000 26,229 142.5%
2010 33,856 29.1%
2019 (est.) 37,008 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,229 people, 6,606 households, and 5,952 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,383.0 people per square mile (919.8/km2). There were 7,719 housing units at an average density of 701.3 per square mile (270.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 4.4% White, 0.34% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 15.93% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 95.12% of the population.

There were 6,606 households, out of which 56.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.9% were non-families. 8.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.95 and the average family size was 4.19.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 37.4% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 15.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,706, and the median income for a family was $23,314. Males had a median income of $18,756 versus $16,910 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,945. About 32.7% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.6% of those under age 18 and 24.8% of those age 65 or over.



Primary and secondary schools

Almost all of San Juan is a part of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. A small fringe portion is a part of the Hidalgo Independent School District.

PSJA elementary schools in San Juan include Carman Elementary, Clover Elementary, Doedyns Elementary, Garza-Peña Elementary, North San Juan Elementary, Reed-Mock Elementary, Sorensen Elementary, and Leonel Trevino Elementary. Austin Middle School, which opened in 1970, and San Juan Middle School are inside the city. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School is in San Juan, serving most of it. A small northeastern section is zoned to Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High School in Alamo.

In addition, South Texas Independent School District operates magnet schools that serve the community.

Public libraries

San Juan Memorial Library serves San Juan. It is located at 1010 S. Standard, San Juan, Texas 78589.

See also

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