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Rio Grande Valley

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The Rio Grande Valley is located in the southernmost tip of Texas, along the northern bank of the Rio Grande river, which separates Mexico from the United States. In reality, the Rio Grande Valley is not a valley, but a delta. However, early promoters of this region thought that the term " Valley" sounded more inviting to tourists and northern investors than did "Delta."

The Rio Grande Valley or "the Valley," as it is affectionately called by those who live there, is a thriving region that is rapidly becoming an important commercial center of the South. Hispanics comprise a large percentage of the Valley's population, ranging from 80% in some centers to 97% in the case of its southernmost city Brownsville. Its many bridges bring in many Mexican nationals to shop, sell and do business in many border cities along the Rio Grande River. The Valley is also a tourist destination for Winter Texans, a group usually composed of retired senior citizens that arrive in mid to late fall and stay until early to mid spring. These winter residents come from all parts of the United States and even the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec. Winter Texans, Mexican nationals, and thousands of college students who visit South Padre Island throughout March and April for Spring Break create the bulk of the Valley's tourism.

The region is made up of four counties: Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County, and Cameron County.

Major cities include Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Edinburg, Weslaco,and Mission.

 
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