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.
Harlingen is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.43%), sales jobs (12.12%), and teaching (9.60%).
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 18.76 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%: 18.87% of adults 25 and older in Harlingen have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Harlingen in 2010 was $17,253, 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 $69,012 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 32.24% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Harlingen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harlingen residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Harlingen also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 79.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Harlingen include English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish.
Harlingen also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.17%.
The most common language spoken in Harlingen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.