Definitions for mcallenməˈkæl ən
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a town in southern Texas on the Rio Grande
McAllen is the twentieth most populous city in Texas and the largest city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. It is located at the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, and is part of the American South. It is on the Rio Grande, across from the Mexican city of Reynosa, and is about 70 miles west of South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico. The 2010 census put the city's population at 129,877 and the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission metropolitan area at 774,769. The Reynosa–McAllen Metropolitan Area counts a population of nearly 1.7 million. Since its settling in 1904 the area around McAllen was largely rural and agricultural in character, but the latter half of the 20th century saw steady growth, which accelerated during the 1980s, leading to an economic and population boom in the 1990s and 2000s. Today the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, although most of its growth has been in surrounding smaller cities. The introduction of the maquiladora economy and the North American Free Trade Association led to a boom in international trade, cross-border commerce with Mexico, and health care. McAllen's Medicare spending per capita has attracted national scrutiny, due to a sharp increase from the national average in 1992, to a near national high by 2006.
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