Harlingen, TX
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Harlingen is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 65,774 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Harlingen is the 50th largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harlingen is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harlingen is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harlingen who work in office and administrative support (15.38%), sales jobs (11.51%), and teaching (10.08%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.09 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Harlingen is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.49% of adults 25 and older in Harlingen have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Harlingen in 2010 was $17,384, which is lower middle income relative to Texas, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $69,536 for a family of four. However, Harlingen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Harlingen also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.49% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Harlingen is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Harlingen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Harlingen, accounting for 79.17% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Harlingen residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Harlingen include Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Harlingen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.