History & Demographics

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Welcome To San Juan, Texas

Mission Statement
The City of San Juan improves the quality of life for all by providing affordable, consistently reliable, quality services so that its citizens can realize their full potential.

Vision Statement
An exemplary service provider, the City of San Juan will be a political leader in the region, cultivating local attractions, aesthetics, location and community spirit to become a center for commerce, culture and recreation.

About San Juan

Located along the historic Oblate Trail, San Juan has been an important part of Rio Grande Valley history for over 100 years.  Antique maps of the region refer to nearby locations along the Rio Grande River as San Juan del Rio Banco, San Juan del Rio Ranch, San Juan Hacienda and San Juan Plantation.  Although folklore touts San Juan plantation owner John Closner as the inspiration behind naming our city “San Juan”, there were other entities within the region that hold the name San Juan within its title.  Perhaps due to the deep religious meaning behind the worship of Saint John the Baptist, early local settlers chose to honor this saint by naming several locations after him.  The Rio San Juan, for example, is a major tributary river south of the border that empties into the Rio Grande River approximately 45 miles upstream.  The naming of several royal Spanish land grants included the name “San Juan” in their titles, such as San Juan de Carricitos.

Early Spanish Colonial settlers used to celebrate St John’s day on June 24th each year which coincides with the Summer solstice and has been a very important part of Christian religious celebrations for centuries.  The town of San Juan began appearing on local maps around 1904 with the development of the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railroad that ran between Harlingen to Sam Fordyce (just beyond Mission).  The town of San Juan was established in March of 1910 and was incorporated in December of 1917.  As early as the 1850s, Oblate Fathers, such as Don Pedro Keralum were riding on horseback along their trails between Brownsville, Laredo and Corpus Christi, the priests made it a point to stop at all ranches along their routes.  In 1908 a church was built on the grounds of the San Juan Plantation.  The Oblate Fathers dedicated it to Saint John the Baptist.  Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine was named for a town in Mexico called San Juan de los Lagos where the Virgin Mary appeared to an injured acrobat’s family in the 1600s and where the statue of the Virgin was procured for San Juan’s church back in the 1940s.

As of the census of 2010, there were 33,856 people, 8,882 households, and 7,831 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,383.0 people per square mile (919.8/km²). There were 9,740 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 9.9% from other races.  Hispanic or Latino of any race were 96.7% of the population.

There were 9,631 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 19.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.8% were non-families.9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.8% and the average family size was 4.06%.
In the city the population was spread out with 36% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,672, and the median income for a family was $33,437. The per capita income for the city was $7,945. About 13.29% of families and 27% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.4% of those under age 18 and 25.5% of those age 65 or over.
For more information go to:  Quick Facts Census

Our Location



709 S. Nebraska St., San Juan, TX 78589
Phone: 956.223.2200
Fax: 956.787.5978

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