Rio Grande, TX
What town: Rio Grande City
Station: Rio Grande City, Texas
Telephone Co. Name: Verizon Wireless
Electric Co. Name: Medina Electric,
Gas Co Name: City of Rio Grande City Public Utility Department 956-487-2702
Cable Co. Name: Time Warner Cable, Dish Network, Direct TV
City Trash Name: City of Rio Grande City Public Utility Department 956-487-2702
City Water Name: City of Rio Grande City Public Utility Department 956-487-2702
Hospital Name: Starr County Memorial Hospital
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Newspaper Name: Starr County Town Crier, The Monitor
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Shopping - Wal-Mart, HEB Plus, Bealls, Dollar Stores, Radio Shack, Melrose, Shoe Dept., Sally Beauty Supply, Game Stop, Hibbits Sports, 2nd St. Fashions plus many more little shops.
Eateries - McDonalds, Burger King, What a Burger, Jack in the box, KFC, Long John Silvers, Wing Stop, Peter Piper Pizza, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Stars, Chili's, Chinese food, Tons of Authentic Mexican Food, Rio Café, Denny's, Che's, plus many more
Cellular Telephone - Sprint, AT&T, Pocket
Local Internet Providers- Time Warner Cable
Other Services -
South Texas College Starr County Campus
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Rio Grande City is a small border town, with strong Mexican roots. It is my understanding that most Agents do not live in Rio Grande City but choose to make the short commute from the McAllen area. English and Spanish are spoken here with Spanish being most commonly used. Starr county ranks as the 3rd poorest county in the Nation. Out of 9 Elementary Schools the 2010 State Ratings are 8- Exemplary and 1- Recognized. Both middle schools are Recognized and the High School is Recognized.
Rio Grande has been growing steadily for the past ten years. It is a nice town to bring up kids and for family barbecues. There is a lake about 30 minutes: "Falcon's Lake Park". There is always something going on. There is enough to choose from churches, medical services for the entire family, auto shops, dealerships, pharmacies, flower shops, one dry cleaners, several schools, lawyers, court house, sheriff's office and a police department.
The nearest movies are in Mission, Texas which s about 35 minutes away depending on where you reside. The mall is about 55 minutes away.
There are several banks: Teachers Credit Union, IBC, Texas State Bank, Lone Star National Bank, Starr Banking Center and First National Bank
Outdoor activities: Rio Grande City is in close in proximity to Falcon Lake and South Padre Island, TX is only a 1 1/2- 2 hour drive away. McAllen is only 35 miles away where there is an abundance of Hospitals, Dr.'s, shopping and Eateries. Hunting in the area is something to be desired.
Starplex Cinema 10, Peter Piper Pizza, Chili's Bar and Grill. McAllen has more in the way of entertainment , for children there are several city parks, Welfare and Rec program, Chuck E Cheese, the Zone, Bowling, Roller Skating, Gymboree, and the Little Gym, Boys and Girls Club, For the more mature crowd there is a club district on 17th street in Down town McAllen and several other night spots around town. Hillbillies, Jacksons sports bar.
Availability of housing, with general conditions and costs.
There is limited availability on housing with the exception of a few apartment complexes and the the occasional rental. Spec building is at a standstill. With custom built homes becoming more popular. The newer subdivisions are located in and around the Hospital and just North of it. The closest Realtor you'll find will be in McAllen.
Summary of cost-of-living
The cost of living is relatively low because of the poverty level in the area.