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Mission, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Mission, Texas
Coordinates: 26°12′41″N 98°19′17″W / 26.21139°N 98.32139°W / 26.21139; -98.32139Coordinates: 26°12′41″N 98°19′17″W / 26.21139°N 98.32139°W / 26.21139; -98.32139
Country United States
State Texas
County Hidalgo
 - Total 24.1 sq mi (62.5 km2)
 - Land 24.1 sq mi (62.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 45,408
 Density 1,881.9/sq mi (726.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78572-78574
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-48768[1]
GNIS feature ID 1341738[2]

Mission is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 45,408 at the 2000 census. It is one of the principal cities of the McAllenEdinburg–Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Hidalgo County.



Mission is located at 26°12′41″N 98°19′17″W / 26.21139°N 98.32139°W / 26.21139; -98.32139 (26.211402, -98.321277).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.1 square miles (62.5 km²), of which, 24.1 square miles (62.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 45,408 people, 13,766 households, and 11,384 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,881.9 people per square mile (726.6/km²). There were 17,723 housing units at an average density of 734.5/sq mi (283.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.63% White[4], 0.37% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.63% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 18.64% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 81.03% of the population.

There were 13,766 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.3% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.29 and the average family size was 3.68.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,647, and the median income for a family was $33,465. Males had a median income of $25,710 versus $20,718 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,796. About 22.6% of families and 26.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.4% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.


Mission, TX shares the same economic growth that nearby McAllen enjoys. The Mission Economic Development Authority promotes development in the area.


  • It is the home of the ruby red grapefruit since 1921.[5] The city holds an annual parade along Conway Avenue called the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade, which features fruit-decorated floats, bands, law enforcement agencies, and fire departments
  • Moore Air Force Base (deactivated) is located 14 miles northwest of the city
  • It is the location of the First Lift Station of the Mission Canal Company that once irrigated 15,000 acres (61 km²) of farmland in the Rio Grande Valley

Notable natives and residents

  • Lloyd Bentsen, former U.S. Senator and vice-presidential nominee, born in Mission in 1921
  • William Jennings Bryan, presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, lived for a time in Mission
  • William S. Burroughs writer of Naked Lunch, lived in Mission for a short while, before going to Mexico for cheap morphine. He wrote about it in Junkie
  • Koy Detmer, brother of Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer, played for and carried the Mission Eagles football team to the Semi-finals in Texas 5A football under the leadership of his father, Sonny Detmer[citation needed]
  • Lena Guerrero (1957–2008), the first woman and first ethnic minority person to serve on the regulatory Texas Railroad Commission
  • Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, born and raised, played for Mission High School
  • Tito Santana (aka Merced Solis), former World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) star
  • Trinidad Silva (Actor). He is featured in the 1988 film Colors where he plays Leo Lopez
  • Kika de la Garza- former U.S. representative, worked at the whitehouse


Most of Mission is a part of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District.

Other portions extend into the La Joya Independent School District and the Sharyland Independent School District.

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

Radio stations

  • KCAS The New KCAS 91.5 FM - Renewing the Mind Official Site
  • KFRQ 94.5FM
  • KKPS 99.5FM
  • KNVO 101.1FM
  • KVLY 107.9FM
  • KVMV 96.9FM




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