Sharing a border with Mexico is the one-time home of American novelist William S. Burroughs and the permanent "Home of the Ruby Red Grapefruit," Mission, Texas. The nickname isn't just for show - an annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade takes place in the city every January. Its location in the Rio Grande Valley also makes it a haven for wildlife, with the World Birding Center and National Butterfly Center being within the city limits.
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Housing Statistics 13% of Mission's residential properties are vacant - a relatively high proportion which may explain why the average and median house sale price ($117,000 and $93,000 in Q1 2013 respectively) have decreased slightly over the past year. Of the remaining residential properties, 62% are owned and 25% are rented or are part of a rent to own scheme. Annual residential turnover has remained steady at 22%.
School Systems The Mission Consolidated Independent School District, which the Texas Education Agency branded "academically acceptable" in 2009, oversees most of the public schools in Mission, while the La Joya Independent School District and the Sharyland Independent School District are also responsible for several schools in the area. A Catholic high school run by the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville also provides education. Of the two high schools under the control of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District, Mission High is the largest with around 2,200 students.
Local Shopping Mission doesn't have a mall of its own, but La Plaza Mall in neighboring McAllen is easily accessible from Interstate 2. Most of Mission's shopping can be found along Conway Ave, which runs almost vertically through the middle of the city. However, the stores are spread out. If you know what you want, it's not too much of a problem, but if you're in the mood for browsing it can be inconvenient.
Nightlife While Mission might not have the wildest nightlife in Texas, there are still several ways to enjoy yourself if you have some good company. Skean-Dhu is a great dive bar on E Griffin Pkwy that attracts locals looking for cold beer and a round of darts, while further up the road you have Chill X Restaurant, which regularly has karaoke nights or a DJ that packs its dance floor. For watching sports the Fanatics Sports Bar and Grill at the Valley Bowl bowling alley is a local favorite. If you're not interested in the game that's being shown, you can always shoot some pool or play on the video games to keep yourself busy.
Local Restaurants It should come as no surprise that many of Mission's best restaurants serve Mexican food. Don't let appearances fool you, the best restaurants are often the most unassuming. Tamales y Mas and Diaz Diner are perfect examples of this - neither the decor nor the prices on the menu give a clue as to how delicious the dishes are. When you need a break from enchiladas or quesadillas there are other cuisines for you to taste. Dai Tung is one of the city's best Chinese restaurants, while Romano's Macaroni Grill is should be your first stop for pasta.
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