Harlingen : Texas


What It Is Like to Retire in Harlingen

 Harlingen is a  growing town of 65,000 near the southern tip of Texas near San Padre Island.
Residents enjoy year round access to the white sands of South Padre Island or visit Mexico for dining and shopping. Both locations are just 40 minutes away.  Harlingen has a public library and abundant volunteer opportunities. Spanish is spoken more than English.

It is a bicultural community offering small town charm with many big city amenities.


Where to Retire in Harlingen and Home Prices

The communities are landscaped with bougainvillea, lantana and palm trees, offering habitat for tropical birds. There are active adult and 55+ communities (see link at top left). The median home value was $88,500 in mid-2019, according to Zillow.com


What Is Special about Harlingen

Home prices and the cost of living are low. It is near the beautiful San Padre Island beaches.
• Low Cost of Living
• Warm Climate
• Affordable Housing Options
• Recreation and Entertainment
• Continuing Education
• Medical Facilities
• Friendly Community
• International Airport
• Quality of Life


What Is Not Special about Harlingen

Harlingen is in extreme southern Texas so it quite a distance from the rest of the U.S. 


Who Will Like Retirement in Harlingen

People who want to be in southern Texas in a fairly large, low-key town.  Those who want to be close to the beach, but not too close, will also like it. About 3/4 of the population is Hispanic.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction, Public Administration


Climate and Physical Environment

Harlingen has a semi-tropical climate with moderate temperatures during the winter months.  These moderate temperatures also allow year-round access to the beach, just minutes away.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Market Days Seek treasures in our downtown district, shopping street vendors and shops
Jalapeño 100 Bike Ride & Run Ride, run or host a rest stop providing refreshments and cheering on bike riders
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Where birders come to view our birding population through field trips, workshops, lectures, and a trade show.
Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre and Municipal Auditorium Hosts concerts, Broadway musicals, and plays
McKelvey Park Hosts free outdoor concerts



The crime rate is somewhat higher than average.


Medical Facilities

Harlingen is in the center of a growing medical complex.  You may choose from an array of excellent Healthcare providers.


Harlingen’s public transportation, Rio Metro and taxis can take you where you need to go. If you are traveling via airplane, the Valley International Airport in Harlingen offers dozens of flights daily on major airlines.


Valuable Links

Convention and Visitors Bureau

What people are saying about Harlingen

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