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About the Rio Grande Valley


The Rio Grande Valley offers a unhurried lifestyle for age 55+ communities with interest to suit the retired or soon to be retired. Some resorts in the Valley are consistently rated in the top two percent nationwide. The cleanliness of the facilities and the safety is of utmost importance.

All the little extras, such as horseshoes, bocce ball, shuffleboard and tennis are just part of the Parks. Independent entertainment options and busy activities with Karaoke, potlucks and jam sessions are also a part of the fun. Take a swim in a heated pool, or head out to South Padre Island for a day trip, its just a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico. There is something for everyone in the Rio Grande Valley.

South Texas is a subtropical paradise awaiting your arrival. We know that moving (or visiting) a new area can be a little scary, especially if you’ve never been there before. To help give you a little reassurance, we have put together some information to help you understand the area a little better.

McAllen, Texas lies in Hidalgo County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. For 2011, the McAllen area was rated the 11th safest large metropolitan in the country during Farmers Insurance annual study. This study takes into consideration multiple factors including weather, air quality, and crime statistics.

Crime in the area, contrary to belief, has actually decreased significantly for the county and continues to have much lower rates than cities of comparable size. The following statements taken from an article by The Monitor, illustrate safety of the area.

"'Hidalgo County saw a significant reduction in overall crime last year, marking the second-lowest crime rate in the past 15 years,' Sheriff Lupe Trevino said.
'I'm very proud to report we had a 21.9 percent reduction in violent crime and a seven percent decrease in property crime,' Trevino said.
'You are safe,' Trevino said. 'There is no need to have an exaggerated fear of crime.'
'Sensationalism in the media affects perception,' he said, adding that Hidalgo county is the third safest of the seven larger counties in Texas, which include El Paso, Bexar, Harris, Tarrant, Travel and Dallas counties."

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In fact, crime in McAllen has decreased by nearly 50% since 2004. View the official police report for 2011. But, how does McAllen compare to other cities within the same population range? We’ve created a chart with data from city-data.com, a website which uses FBI Crime Statistics and Census information for 2010 to gain an accurate picture of life within a city.

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City

No. of Violent Crimes per 100,000

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

Population

Est. Median House/Condo Value

McAllen, TX

299

1 in 434

129,871

99,300

Hollywood, FL

602

1 in 354

140,768

213,200

Topeka, KS

697

1 in 183

127,473

95,400

Ft Lauderdale, FL

1356

1 in 122

165,521

276,000

Syracuse, NY

1291

1 in 112

145,170

84,400

Columbia, SC

1306

1 in 99

129,272

165,700

Dayton, OH

1509

1 in 94

141,527

74,200

New Haven, CT

1992

1 in 65

129,779

232,200

Even more surprising was how McAllen compared to much smaller, but popular cities. The size of McAllen is triple the size of the communities listed below, but is three to four times safer! This disproportionate crime level further exemplifies how safe McAllen actually is.

City

No. of Violent Crimes per 100,000

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

Population

Est. Median House/Condo Value

McAllen, TX

299

1 in 434

129,871

99,300

St Augustine, FL

93

1 in 139

12,975

216,236

Panama City, FL

277

1 in 132

36,484

145,775

Sarasota, FL

419

1 in 124

51,900

195,036

Not only is the the Rio Grande Valley one of the safest places to live, it's also the most affordable! 
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