Demographics

Demographics

Harlingen Demographics Reflect Life Along U.S.-Mexico Border

As of the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 57,564 people, 19,021 households and 14,360 families residing in Harlingen, Texas, with a population density of 1,689.6 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 79% White, 1% Black or African American, 1% Native American, 1% Asian, 16% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. 73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race; most are of Mexican descent, but there are also few numbers of Central and South Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans etc.

As in other Rio Grande Valley cities, a large part of Harlingen's transient population and a significant contributor to its economy consists of "Winter Texans." Winter Texans are generally retirees from the northern Midwestern states and Canada who come to escape the northern winter weather between November and March. Because of the mild winters, the Harlingen area plays host to thousands of Winter Texans who have made Harlingen their “home away from home” or own second home here.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,296, and the median income for a family was $34,015. Males had a median income of $27,014 versus $21,795 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,886. About 19% of families and 25% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35% of those under age 18 and 16% of those age 65 or over.

Sex and Age (2010)

Total Population 64,849
Under 5 Years 5,572
5 to 9 Years 5,568
10 to 14 Years 5,353
15 to 19 Years 5,086
20 to 24 Years 4,251
25 to 29 Years 4,369
30 to 34 Years 3,989
35 to 39 Years 4,096
40 to 44 Years 3,821
45 to 49 Years 3,756
50 to 54 Years 3,719
55 to 59 Years 3,356
60 to 64 Years 3,116
65 to 69 Years 2,315
70 to 74 Years 1,960
75 to 79 Years 1,872
80 to 84 Years 1,371
85 Years and Over 1,279
 
16 years and over 47,297
18 years and over 45,131
21 years and over 42,354
62 years and over 10,595
65 years and over 8,797
 
 Median age (years)  32.8
Male population 31,005
Female Population 33,844

Race and Ethnicity (2010)

Total Population 64,849
White 56,583
Black or African American 632
American Indian or Alaska Native 305
Asian 852
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific 34
Some Other Race 5,240
Two or More Races 1,203
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 51,581
Not Hispanic or Latino 13,268

Harlingen Households

Summary
2012
2017
2012 - 2017 Change
2012 -2017 Annual Rate
Population 65,377 68,150 2,773 0.83%
Households 21,797 22,844 1,047 0.94%
Median Age 32.9 33.7 0.8 0.48%
Average Household Size
2.96
2.95
-0.01
-0.07%

Harlingen Households By Income

Households by Income 2012 Number 2012 Percent 2017 Number 2017 Percent
Household 21,797 100% 22,843 100%
< $15,000 5,066 23.2% 5,170 22.6%
$15,000-$24,999 3,489 16.0% 2,933 12.8%
$25,000-$34,999 2,757 12.6% 2,361 10.3%
$35,000-$49,999 3,374 15.5% 3,047 13.3%
$50,000-$74,999 3,627 16.6% 4,846 21.2%
$75,000-$99,999 1,279 5.9% 1,801 7.9%
$100,000-$149,999 1,478 6.8% 1,825 8.0%
$150,000-199,999 424 1.9% 512 2.2%
$200,000+ 303 1.4% 348 1.5%
 
Median Household Income $33,102   $38,744  
Average Household Income $46,978   $53,875  
Per Capita Income $16,051   $18,104  
Data Note: Income reported for July 1, 2017 represents annual income for the preceding year, expressed in current (2016) dollars, including an adjustment for inflation.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary File 1. Esri Forecasts for 2012 and 2017.

Cameron County Demographics By Marital Status (2012)

Subject Cameron Estimate
Average Household Size 3.44
Average Family size 3.94
 
Relationship
Population in households 402,501
Householder 116,839
Spouse 62,943
Child 158,798
Other Relatives 52,832
Non Relatives 11,089
Unmarried Partner 4,498
 
Marital Status
Males 15 Years and over 138,527
Never Married 46,452
Now Married, except separated 73,834
Separated 7,798
Widowed 13,915
Divorced 14,881
Source: Factfinder 2012