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415 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX. 78541
Phone: 956 - 388 -8207
Fax: 956 - 383 - 7111
The City of Edinburg was founded on October 10, 1908 and was known as “Chapin”. Records indicate a Commission form of government after its incorporation on September 19, 1919, consisting of one Mayor and two Commissioners. On May 5, 1928, a City Charter was adopted and recorded with the Secretary of State. On April 5, 1949, the present City Charter, and City Council-City Manager form of government was adopted and has been amended several times.
Edinburg lies at the epicenter of one of the most dynamic regions in North America, a region that is keeping pace with the speed of change. Edinburg is the educational and technological capital of a Texas-Mexico border region. With a population of more than 2 million, this region has the highest concentration of people between the ages of 18 and 24 in North America. The result is an excellent and trainable workforce and one of the largest concentrations of Maquiladora plants along the U.S. Mexico border.
Edinburg is located in the Rio Grande Valley, a four-county area that has a larger population than South Dakota, Delaware, North Dakota, Vermont, Alaska, and Wyoming. With a land area of 11,122,712 square kilometers, the Rio Grande Valley is almost twice the size of Delaware and four times the size of Rhode Island.
Edinburg is the county seat of Hidalgo, the seventh largest county in Texas and is home to the University of Texas-Pan American, the state’s tenth largest public university. Centrally located within one of the largest trade corridors in the world, Edinburg is also the gateway to U.S. 281, which is being transformed in to Interstate 69 or the NAFTA Highway. In 1999, more than 54% of all trade between Mexico and the United States made its way through South Texas ports of entry.
Edinburg is a pro-business community with an excellent quality of life, educational facilities and strong civic pride. It has been recognized as an All-America City three times by the National Civic League, placing it among a handful of outstanding communities in the nation. Under the auspices of The University of Texas System, it will soon open the first major Medical Research Center along the U. S.- Mexico.
Square Miles: 36.67