Life in the Rio Grande Valley is nothing short of interesting. From the diverse culture to delicious food the places like McAllen and Brownsville, Texas have so much more to offer than their “dusty border town” reputation.
With lots located across Hidalgo, Cameron, and Starr Counties and beyond, Santa Cruz Properties has worked hard to create 60 rural residential subdivisions and several acreage tracts.
Whether you were born in the RGV or are looking for lots in the Edinburg area to call home, it is not hard to see how accepting, generous, and close-knit the people that live in the area are. The highlights of living in the RGV are numerous indeed, and today, we here at Santa Cruz Properties are going to explore them.
1. Lower Cost of Living
Despite a population of around 1.5 million, the RGV is one of the least expensive places to live in the country. From the beautiful beach in South Padre Island to the rich culture in McAllen, there is always an affordable place to live in the RGV.
Take for instance McAllen; the “City of Palms” ranks as the third-least expensive community to live in, in the entire country. In fact, the cost of living in McAllen is 16.2% cheaper than anywhere in the U.S. There, the average cost of a home in these parts is around $178,000, and the average cost of a two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment is roughly $708.
At Santa Cruz Properties, we do our part to give aspiring landowners who can’t purchase land due to bad or no credit the chance to buy land through our owner-financing services. Take a look at some of our property listings we have here.
2. Rich Culture
In the RGV the rich culture is one of the biggest attraction points for people looking to relocate to the valley. The Valley is filled with amazing artists who create art and music that is special to the RGV. From the Tex-Mex food to the community pride, it is not hard to see that there is a big influence from Mexican culture in the Valley.
If moving to the RGV is something that you have considered but aren’t sold on yet, take a trip down first and experience the rich culture, beautiful wildlife, and the subtropical temperatures firsthand!
3. Warm Climate
The subtropical climate in the RGV is one of the biggest attractors the Valley has to offer. Throughout the year the temperatures range from 51°F to 96°F, and it is rare to see temperatures that ever drop below freezing. Snow is also not a common occurrence with there only being one snow day in the last 14 years.
For this reason, the Rio Grande Valley is a popular spot for our nation’s seniors to visit, otherwise known as our Winter Texans.
4. High Safety Ratings and a Low Crime Rate
Although contrary to popular belief, the RGV is a relatively safe place with low crime rates. In a study done by safehome.org that ranked the 65 safest cities to live in Texas with a population above 50,000, the Valley had six cities that made the list:
- Mission (23rd)
- Pharr (25th)
- McAllen (34th)
- Harlingen (37th)
- Brownsville (54th)
- Edinburg (60th)
5. Great Getaways
Those living in the Upper Valley, Lower Valley, throughout Texas, or even out of state looking for a weekend vacation don’t have to look too far. With such a popular vacation spot like South Padre Island, rounding up the family and friends for a quick getaway is easy to do. South Padre Island is home to some of the best beaches in Texas and also has great shopping, delicious foods, and a robust nightlife.
6. Fast Growing Job Opportunities
The RGV is constantly expanding, creating an economic development boom in multiple industries. Those looking for jobs in healthcare, technology, education, retail, and manufacturing can expect job openings due to new businesses constantly opening their doors.
For instance SpaceX, a company that manufactures and launches advanced rockets, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which ranked #193rd out of 744 accredited institutions in the nation, are both great places for those looking for employment while giving back to a growing community.
Santa Cruz Properties has been committed to providing owner-financed lots to those who have struggled to buy land due to little or no credit. Since 1993, we have taken pride in the relationships we have built with our clients.
Contact Santa Cruz Properties today if you are struggling to purchase land because of bad or no credit, and fulfill your dream of living in the beautiful Rio Grande Valley.