Weslaco : Texas


What It Is Like to Retire in Weslaco

Weslaco is a rapidly growing town in extreme southern Texas west of Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley.  The 2014 population was about 38,000, about 80% of which is Hispanic. The area is popular with retirees because of the warm winters and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico.  Weslaco is a college town with several schools of higher learning including South Texas College and South Texas Vocational Technical Institute.  Pictures of St. Pius Church and library by Isaac Monter courtesy of Wikipedia Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/.

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Where to Retire in Weslaco and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at right). Zillow reports the median home value to be 93,000, in early 2019. There are many RV and snowbird communities here.


What Is Special about Weslaco

Weslaco is a college town that has a medical center, public transportation, and a low cost of living.


What Is Not Special about Weslaco

Weslaco has high crime rate, and summers are hot.


Who Will Like Retirement in Weslaco

Retirees who are looking for a college town with a low cost of living, a library, hospital, and many events, may enjoy living here. Residents can attend Continuing Education classes at South Texas College. Those interesed in bird watching would enjoy the Valley Nature Center and the  Frontera Audubon Center located in Weslaco.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Retail and Construction


Climate and Physical Environment

January average is 62 degrees, with July's average 85. Hurricane Patricia flooded Weslaco in 2015.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Weslaco has several restaurants, and parks.  Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco attracts an array of wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lake, woodlands and thorn forest where nature lovers will enjoy exploring this 230 plus-acre refuge; the Frontera Audubon Center features 15 acres that attracts bird and butterfly enthusiasts from across the United States and world; the Weslaco museum presents art exhibits and programs. Many events and festivals are held throughout the year including Alfresco Weslaco! is held on the third Thursday of every month, featuring live music, art displays, sidewalk sales and all kinds of delicious food,  Texas Onion Fest! an event celebrating Weslaco's development of the sweet Texas Onion.

 Weslaco’s Tower Theater, a historical landmark created from a 1928 water storage tank that seats 100 people and offers performances in July and December.  Or you can catch a performance of the International Theatre of Texas at Braught Memorial Theater



The crime rate is double the national average.


Medical Facilities

Knapp Medical Center is located in Weslaco.



Mid Valley Airport for private aircraft planes is located in Weslaco .  McAllen International Airport is located approximately 20 miles to the west and Valley International Airport is approximately 25 miles to the east, in Harlingen. 

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council provides public transportation through the Valley Metro bus system. 


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