Place:Hidalgo, Texas, United States

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Hidalgo County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 774,769. The county seat is Edinburg, while the largest city is McAllen.

Located in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Hidalgo County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States, and is the eighth most-populous county in Texas. Its population in 2010 was 774,769, a 35% increase from 2000. It is named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest who raised the call for Mexico's independence from Spain.

Hidalgo County is located within the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is bordered by Cameron County and Willacy County on the east, Brooks County on the north, Starr County on the west, and Mexico on the south. Hidalgo County is located opposite the Mexican city of Reynosa, across the Rio Grande.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1848 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1852 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1852 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1852 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1852 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1930 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 1,192
1870 2,387
1880 4,347
1890 6,534
1900 6,837
1910 13,728
1920 38,110
1930 77,004
1940 106,059
1950 160,446
1960 180,904
1970 181,535
1980 283,229
1990 383,545

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