Pharr is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 76,538 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Pharr is the 47th largest community in Texas. Pharr has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Pharr, where the median household income is $34,708.00.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pharr is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pharr is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pharr who work in sales jobs (15.17%), office and administrative support (14.08%), and maintenance occupations (8.05%).
The percentage of people in Pharr with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.80% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Pharr in 2010 was $13,713, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $54,852 for a family of four. However, Pharr contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Pharr also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.94% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Pharr is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pharr 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 Pharr, accounting for 94.04% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Pharr residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Pharr include English, Irish, French , and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Pharr's cultural character, accounting for 32.99% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Pharr is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.