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      Census data changes Valley's Top 10 cities

      The Rio Grande Valley has a new pecking order.

      Action 4 News crunched the numbers from the recently-released 2010 Census.

      The Top 10 cities for the Valley has now changed.

      The biggest change came for the City of Harlingen, which fell from third place to sixth place.

      Although Harlingen grew by 12.5 percent, three cities in Hidalgo County each grew by more than 50 percent.

      But the battle for the number three spot will likely continue -- only 42 people separate #3 Edinburg from #4 Mission.

      With a 67.8 percent increase in population, Mission had the greatest percentage increase of any city in the Top 10.

      Brownsville remains the largest city in the Valley while McAllen keeps the #2 spot.

      Top 10 Cities in the Rio Grande Valley

      City 2010 2000 Difference Change Brownsville 175,023 140,075 34,948 24.9% McAllen 129,877 106,211 23,666 22.3% Edinburg 77,100 48,863 28,237 57.8% Mission 77,058 45,920 31,138 67.8% Pharr 70,400 46,616 23,784 51.0% Harlingen 64,849 57,624 7,225 12.5% Weslaco 35,670 26,802 8,868 33.1% San Juan 33,856 26,107 7,749 29.7% San Benito 24,250 23,615 635 2.7% Alamo 18,353 15,078 3,275 21.7%

      Although most Valley cities grew by double-digit numbers, cities such as Donna, Port Isabel, San Benito, Elsa and Santa Rosa only had single-digit growth.

      Edcouch and Roma were the among the few Valley communities that actually lost population.

      The Willacy County community of Port Mansfield lost 45.5 percent of population between 2000 and 2010 leaving. Only 226 people were counted there during the 2010 Census.

      The Hidalgo County cities of Alton and Peitas had the most amazing growth rates.

      Alton's population grew by 181.5 percent while Peitas grew by an astounding 277.3 percent.

      Other Valley Cities

      City 2010 2000 Difference Change Donna 15,798 14,577 1,221 8.4% Mercedes 15,570 13,870 1,700 12.3% Rio Grande City 13,834 12,185 1,649 13.5% Alton 12,341 4,384 7,957 181.5% Raymondville 11,284 9,706 1,578 16.3% Hidalgo 11,198 7,322 3,876 52.9% Roma 9,765 9,852 -87 -0.9% La Feria 7,302 6,115 1,187 19.4% Elsa 5,660 5,549 111 2.0% Los Fresnos 5,542 4,537 1,005 22.2% Progreso 5,507 4,851 656 13.5% Palmview 5,460 4,107 1,353 32.9% Port Isabel 5,006 4,868 138 2.8% Peitas 4,403 1,167 3,236 277.3% Primera 4,070 2,723 1,347 49.% Sullivan City 4,002 3,998 4 0.1% La Joya 3,985 3,277 708 21.6% Edcouch 3,161 3,342 -181 -5.4% Laguna Vista 3,117 1,658 1,459 88.0% Combes 2,895 2,553 342 13.4% Santa Rosa 2,873 2,833 40 1.4% South Padre Island 2,816 2,455 361 14.7% Lyford 2,611 1,973 638 32.3% Palmhurst 2,607 4,872 -2,265 -46.5% Rancho Viejo 2,437 1,754 683 38.9% Rio Hondo 2,356 1,942 414 21.3% Palm Valley 1,304 1,298 6 0.5% Los Indios 1,083 1,149 -66 -5.7% Lasara 1,039 1,024 15 1.5% Port Mansfield 226 415 -189 -45.5%

      The Valley's overall population grew by 22.6 percent.

      County 2010 2000 Difference Change Hidalgo 774,769 569,463 205,306 26.5% Cameron 406,220 335,227 70,993 17.5% Starr 60,968 53,597 7,371 12.1% Willacy 22,134 20,082 2,052 9.3% Total 1,264,091 978,369 285,722 22.6%

      The census results will be used for redistricting state and federal legislative districts.

      According to the Rio Grande Guardian, both Hidalgo County and Starr County are considering suing the federal government over the census results.

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