Hidalgo County, Texas

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Hidalgo County is a county located in the southwest of the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 569,463; in 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population to have reached 710,514. Hidalgo County is consequently one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States, and is the seventh most-populous county in Texas. It is named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest who raised the call for Mexico's independence from Spain. The seat of the county is Edinburg, while the largest city is McAllen.[1].

Hidalgo County is located opposite of the Mexican city of Reynosa on the other side of the Rio Grande river. The McAllen–Edinburg–Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Hidalgo County.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,583 square miles (4,100.0 km2), of which 1,570 square miles (4,066.3 km2) is land and 13 square miles (33.7 km2) (0.82%) is water.

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