5 BIG Reasons to Call Harlingen, TX Home

Dated: October 19 2021

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Harlingen, TX, sits at the southern tip of Texas, near the major port of Brownsville and in the ideal location for warm weather, multi-cultural experiences, and one of the lowest costs of living in the nation. With a population of about 65,000, Harlingen may not be the biggest city in the area, but there are some BIG reasons that life is good here.

Harlingen is warm year-round. 

Thanks to its location in South Texas, Harlingen is a warm place to live, even by Texas standards. With an average high of about 70 degrees in January, and even warmer temperatures the other 11 months of the year, you will have no worries about frozen pipes or frozen roads. While the city averages about 0.1 inches of snow every year, the city only sees snow once every few years, making all the inconveniences of snow nonexistent and making a good life full of outdoor activities possible all year. 

Harlingen provides easy access to Mexico. 

A multicultural life can be a good life, and you can embrace it in Harlingen, thanks to its location less than 30 miles from the border with Mexico. That puts Mexican towns such as Matamoros, Progreso or Reynosa within an easy drive. 

The city's proximity to Mexico also gives Harlingen a multicultural flavor, with a diverse population, incredible dining, bilingual businesses and residents, and more. This is a place that embraces diversity and all of the richness that comes with it. 

Harlingen has one of the nation's lowest costs of living. 

In 2011, Harlingen had the lowest cost of living in the entire United States. While the city does not hold that title today, it still provides a shockingly low cost of living that makes everything in this city more affordable so your income can stretch further. 

Currently, Harlingen's cost of living is about 33 percent lower than the national average, and about 25 percent lower than the cost of living in Texas. As a result, you can expect to pay significantly less for important essentials such as 

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Medical Care
  • Utilities 

Consider, for example, that Harlingen's median home price is less than $140,000. Spending less on essentials and more on the good things in life makes for a rewarding experience in this South Texas town. 

Harlingen has many great places to eat. 

Harlingen provides access to some incredible dining, with dozens of restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world. Tex-Mex, Mexican, Italian, BBQ, American and more are all featured in the city's numerous dining options. That means that no matter where you live in Harlingen, you are likely going to be able to walk to incredible restaurants and a life full of good eating. 

Harlingen is a magnet for bird lovers. 

Harlingen's location makes it a central spot for bird migration, creating an ideal environment for bird watching.. It may come as no surprise, then, that Harlingen hosts an annual birding festival that draws in bird lovers from across the nation and is known as one of the United States' most premier birding festivals. 

In addition, the city is home to two birding centers: Harlingen Thicket World Birding Center and Arroyo Colorado World Birding Center. If you love birds, then come to Harlingen, where bird watching can become a fascinating, and easily accessible, part of a great life. 

Harlingen has much to offer residents, from birding to restaurants, multicultural experiences to great weather. If you decide to move to this great South Texas town, let Big Realty help you fulfill your BIG homebuying dreams in order to achieve the great life you deserve. With some of the lowest housing prices in the nation, and a team of experienced realtors on your side, your dream housing is within reach right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

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