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Old 04-09-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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I live in Phoenix AZ and am 65 and am thinking of moving to Harlingen, TX but I don't know anything about it. I hate Phoenix weather and the rat race so I figure a nice tropical place without going to FL might work so can anyone tell me anything about Harlingen, TX and would it be a good place to retire. I have heard it has a lot of crime but so does most cities. I just found out that twice as many people speak Spanish over English but only 1.47% are hispanics now figure that one out?

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Old 04-09-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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I live in Phoenix AZ and am 65 and am thinking of moving to Harlingen, TX but I don't know anything about it. I hate Phoenix weather and the rat race so I figure a nice tropical place without going to FL might work so can anyone tell me anything about Harlingen, TX and would it be a good place to retire. I have heard it has a lot of crime but so does most cities. I just found out that twice as many people speak Spanish over English but only 1.47% are hispanics now figure that one out?
The 1.47% statistic is wrong. Not sure what it is, but my guess is upwards of 75% Hispanic.

There are a lot of retirees in Harlingen and lots of retired people spend winters there. It's not as hot as Phoenix and there's no rat race, but it still is very hot and very humid. But it's close to the coast and if you like to go to the beach, surf, fish, birdwatch, etc. there is a lot of that to do. You might have to evacuate if there's a hurricane heading your way.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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I live in Phoenix AZ and am 65 and am thinking of moving to Harlingen, TX but I don't know anything about it. I hate Phoenix weather and the rat race so I figure a nice tropical place without going to FL might work so can anyone tell me anything about Harlingen, TX and would it be a good place to retire. I have heard it has a lot of crime but so does most cities. I just found out that twice as many people speak Spanish over English but only 1.47% are hispanics now figure that one out?
Harlingen? Is there a reason to retire by Mexico? if yes then retire in Mcallen...much nicer..more money is there.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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The 1.47% statistic is wrong. Not sure what it is, but my guess is upwards of 75% Hispanic.

There are a lot of retirees in Harlingen and lots of retired people spend winters there. It's not as hot as Phoenix and there's no rat race, but it still is very hot and very humid. But it's close to the coast and if you like to go to the beach, surf, fish, birdwatch, etc. there is a lot of that to do. You might have to evacuate if there's a hurricane heading your way.
I go down there for work and I feel like im the only caucasian...im guessing its 98% mexicans
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:30 PM
 
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I go down there for work and I feel like im the only caucasian...im guessing its 98% mexicans
I dont disagree, however you are saying Mcallen is different in this regard? Work has taken me to Harlingen and Mcallen several times as well. And allthough it isnt something I care about, it is very similar in my opinion. Mcallen is a stone throw from the border.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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mcallen is far nicer imo
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:05 PM
 
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The best thing about Harlingen is that it's close to South Padre.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:34 PM
 
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mcallen is far nicer imo
That's not what I was replying about. I was referring to you saying Harlingen is 98% Mexican and Mcallen was better than that. Mcallen is also a very high Mexican population, so why point that out?

As far as just saying which one is nicer? I would agree if I had to choose to live in one or the other, it would probably be Mcallen. Nothing to do with any percentages of population!!!!
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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That's not what I was replying about. I was referring to you saying Harlingen is 98% Mexican and Mcallen was better than that. Mcallen is also a very high Mexican population, so why point that out?

As far as just saying which one is nicer? I would agree if I had to choose to live in one or the other, it would probably be Mcallen. Nothing to do with any percentages of population!!!!
I was reading these posts as i'm researching these area to retire to as well. What would you attribute the reason Mc allen is the better choice? They are both in the 75% Hispanic range, so that would seem irrelevant.

Cost of living seems to be what makes both area attractive.
Bud
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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I was reading these posts as i'm researching these area to retire to as well. What would you attribute the reason Mc allen is the better choice? They are both in the 75% Hispanic range, so that would seem irrelevant.

Cost of living seems to be what makes both area attractive.
Bud
Harlingen has the highest Anglo percentage of in the Valley. After that, it's McAllen. Avoid Brownsville. That's the only place in that area where you would really stand out being a non Spanish speaker.

  • Hispanic - 109,910 (84.6%)
  • White alone - 15,193 (11.7%)
  • Asian alone - 3,288 (2.5%)
  • Black alone - 833 (0.6%)
  • Two or more races - 428 (0.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 120 (0.09%)
  • Other race alone - 88 (0.07%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 17 (0.01%)


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  • Hispanic - 51,581 (79.5%)
  • White alone - 11,681 (18.0%)
  • Asian alone - 814 (1.3%)
  • Black alone - 432 (0.7%)
  • Two or more races - 186 (0.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 80 (0.1%)
  • Other race alone - 48 (0.07%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 27 (0.04%)


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