Is it affordable? What kind of people live here? What will I do on the weekends? Can I really live in McAllen, Texas?
These are often the questions people ask when they are thinking about purchasing property in a new city. Buying a new home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your lifetime; make sure you’ve taken some time to explore the communities that interest you most.
As local real estate professionals who live, work and play in the areas we service, we thought we’d put together our list of some of the top reasons to move to McAllen, TX. Let’s take a look!
Reasons to Move to McAllen TX
As one of the most populous cities in Texas, McAllen has become a highly desirable place to purchase real estate and raise a family. Known for the low cost of living, exceptional education system, a vibrant arts and culture scene and nearly perfect weather, it’s no wonder people flock to this area. Here are a few other reasons …
McAllen consistently sits below the national average when it comes to the cost of living. CBS news published that “the average cost of a home in McAllen, Texas, the third-least expensive community in the country, is $178,000, while a two-bedroom/two-bath apartment rents for $708. The cost of living in McAllen, population of 130,831, is 16.2 percent cheaper than the national average.” There is no denying these numbers; making McAllen an affordable location for buyers of all types.
While keeping true to a small town feel, McAllen still provides the perks and amenities of living in a metropolitan area. In fact, since 1990, the city’s population has seen an increase of 22 percent – much of which the city attributes to expansion of shopping, dining and recreation amenities.
Education plays a huge role in the decision of where to move, especially if you have a family or are considering having children. McAllen’s close proximity to five institutions of higher education including The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas-Brownsville, Texas Southmost College, Texas State Technical College and South Texas College, has influenced the education system greatly. McAllen is also home to a number of top-performing charter schools. A full list of schools within the McAllen Independent School District can be found here.
The McAllen education system has also been awarded several achievements including:
- Texas Outstanding School Board of the Year for 2012
- District named State Finalist for Best Large District for 2012-13 HEBExcellence in Education Awards
- Member of League of Innovative Schools (1 of 26 in the nation)
- 314 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Diploma Scholars over the past 10 years (98 percent among highest success rates worldwide)
- $19.2 million in scholarship monies earned by 2012 McAllen ISD graduates
- Superintendent, district and School Board featured in state education magazines Texas School Business, Texas Lone Star
- $26.5 million in competitive grants awarded to McAllen ISD in 2009 (most ever)
Arts and Entertainment
With a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, McAllen is filled with museums, art galleries, an active nightlife and various live music venues. Also, residents and visitors of McAllen can indulge in one of the many symphony orchestra performances, live theatrical performances or other cultural activities available in the area year round. There’s always something to do, or something to see!
One of the most appealing things that McAllen offers its residents is a nearly perfect, year-round, moderate climate. Filled with sunny days and shady palm trees, McAllen residents take advantage of the average yearly temperature of 84.7 degrees!
According to Forbes, McAllen is listed as #3 on their list of best cities for job growth in 2014, projecting an annual growth of 3.9 percent. In 2013, according to the Rio South Texas Economic Council, McAllen had the 17th fastest growing employment in the nation during the recovery. McAllen also was ranked 3rd in the nation to have more jobs than before the recession!
Are You Ready to Make the Move?
As you can see, there are so many reasons why McAllen is a great place to invest. It’s affordable, has great weather and is a wonderful place to raise a family!
If you are interested in getting more information on the McAllen or surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to contact our team at Trendsetters Realty. Living in the area, we know what this great city can offer and we hope you will consider making McAllen your home too! Let’s get started by connecting today!