McAllen Essential Info

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McAllen, the City of Palms, is in the southern plains of Texas, USA. It is the largest city in Hidalgo County and the second largest city in the Rio Grande Valley, after Brownsville. It is near the Rio Grande River on the border with Mexico.

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  1. McAllen was named after John McAllen who settled in the Rio Grande Valley in the late 1800s and established a town site in 1904.
  2. McAllen was the fattest metropolitan area in the country in 2012, with 38.5% of the adult population considered obese.
  3. Border agencies tally nearly 40 million legal visits a year through McAllen by Mexicans coming to Texas for leisure activities

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