Pharr, Texas, has a populationof over 72,000 people living in a few distinct neighborhoods.Pharris located just within the Rio Grande Valley and serves as a major transportation hub for the region. Most workers inPharrare a mixture of sales and office employees, personal service providers, and professionals.Pharrwon awards for being a 2004 Preserve America City, a 2005-2007 National Historic Trust Main Street City, and a 2006 All American City.
Pharrhas 16,591 single-family housing units. Of these, about 75 percent have people living in them, meaning there's roughly a 25 percent vacancy rate. Homeowners live in 9,357 units, with an average median value of $63,558. Of the 12,000 plus people in homes, over3,453 homes are occupied by renters, some of which are rent to own. The average median rent is $454.
Pharris a major population center in Hidalgo County. It is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States and the seventh most populated counties in Texas. A major force behind the areas growth is jobs.
Education, health care, and government are the largest employers in Hidalgo County, and it is the plan of the county to encourage more growth in these industries. The University of Texas has expansion plans in Hidalgo County and is hoping to build a medical school in the county too.
Hidalgo County also has a manufacturing base. Both sides of the border have many assembly and manufacturing facilities of all sizes. Known as Maquiladoras, they help keep the local economy strong.
Following are the industries inPharrTexas and Hidalgo County and the percentage of workers in them:
This Country/Western club opened in 1988 under the name Hillbilly Heaven. Residents ofPharreagerly make the short trip to McAllen to spend an evening at Hillbillys to enjoy its top-flight music acts. The club features many established local bands along with well-known national artists such as Toby Keith, Trick Pony and Tracey Lawrence, and Johnny Rodriguez. Almost every night, Hillbillys offers drink specials. Of course, there is a dance floor and Karaoke several nights a week.
State Farm Arena
For a decade now, the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo has been a mainstay of nightlife for citizens ofPharr and the entire Rio Grande Valley. This twenty million dollar facility stages a variety of shows, concerts, and entertainment acts. Acts that played at the State Farm Arena include:
Pharralso has no shortage of new sports bars and pubs popping up over time. However, you don't have to drink if you go; many serve pub food and snacks as well as drinks. If you do feel like getting loose, several have DJs or jukeboxs that can help you get started on learning some new moves.
Pharr has several neighborhoods that each have their own character and style. Here are a few you should know about:
Moore Road Colonia:There are mostly single-family homes inthe Moore Road Colonia neighborhood ofPharr. Mixedinare a few small apartment buildings and some luxury high-rise buildings. The neighborhood residents are urbansophisticates of all ages. Many well-educated and professionally employed young singles live here. The neighborhood is also popular with families that have school-aged children.
City Center:This urban neighborhood has one of the lowest rental rates in Texas and the United States. Rents in City Center average $387 for a one-bedroom apartment. The people in the neighborhood are renters and homeowners in nearly equal numbers.
N Cage Blvd / E Polk St:Construction of homes in this neighborhood began in 1970 and continue to today. Home values have a median average of $37,285. Most homes here are owner occupied. Rents are quite low, ranking in the lowest 10 percent for Texas and the United States. The average rent here is $300 for a one bedroom. Home and apartment vacancy rates are 7.9% in N Cage Blvd / E Polk St. neighborhood. The neighborhood is working class with most employed in service jobs.
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