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Sharyland, Texas
—  CDP  —
Coordinates: 26°16′37″N 98°20′18″W / 26.27694°N 98.33833°W / 26.27694; -98.33833
Country United States
State Texas
County Hidalgo
 - Total 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
 - Land 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 171 ft (52 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,947
 - Density 1,275.5/sq mi (492.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48-77866[1]
GNIS feature ID 1852783[2]

Sharyland is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,947 at the 2000 census. It is part of the McAllenEdinburgMission Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Sharyland is located at 26°16′37″N 98°20′18″W / 26.27694°N 98.33833°W / 26.27694; -98.33833 (26.276838, -98.338393)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,947 people, 676 households, and 648 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,275.5 people per square mile (492.6/km²). There were 743 housing units at an average density of 321.6/sq mi (124.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.34% White, 0.03% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 13.98% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 98.10% of the population.

There were 676 households out of which 69.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.3% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 4.1% were non-families. 3.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.36 and the average family size was 4.44.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 42.3% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 12.3% from 45 to 64, and 3.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,602, and the median income for a family was $24,393. Males had a median income of $17,283 versus $15,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $8,383. About 31.5% of families and 30.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.0% of those under age 18 and 32.9% of those age 65 or over.


The areas growth is largely a result of the economic changes spawned by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)]).The region is also becoming popular as a bedroom community for white collar workers and professionals working in McAllen and Mission. A 1998 Census Bureau study found that McAllen-Mission is the third fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States.


The area is served by the Sharyland Independent School District.


Famous and Prominent Sharyland Residents

John H. Shary (1872-1945) Founder of Sharyland and the Rio Grande Valley citrus industry. His daughter, Marialice, married Texas Governor Allan Shivers.

John J. Conway (18??-1946) Purchased the land that would become Sharyland from the Catholic Church before selling much of it to John Shary. Conway played an instrumental role in developing an irrigation system for local farms, and founded the city of Mission Texas; much of unincorporated Sharyland actually lies within Mission's city limits.

Lloyd Bentsen (1921-2006) Born in Sharyland and graduated from Sharyland High School. Bentsen was a four-term Senator, vice-presidential candidate, and from 1993-94 served as Bill Clinton's Treasury Secretary.

William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) Retired to Sharyland after his third unsuccessful run for the Presidency in 1908. Bryan and his wife remained in Sharyland until 1913 when President Woodrow Wilson made him Secretary of State. After leaving the cabinet in 1915, Bryan sold the "Bryan House" in Sharyland and moved to Florida. Bryan achieved his greatest fame shortly before his death when he squared off against Clarence Darrow in the famous "Scopes Trial", which tested whether evolution could be taught in the classroom.

Tom Landry (1924-2000) The Dallas Cowboys' legendary coach was born and grew up on a farm in Sharyland, although he is usually associated more with the city of Mission which claims him as its most famous native son.

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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