McAllen, Texas - Border Towns With Low Cost of Living
The Nature of the McAllen Borderplex
Borderplex, or McAllen Borderplex, is a kind of Tex-Mex metropolitan area that includes cities on both sides of the Rio Grande on the US southern border at Texas. It contains communities in both the USA and Mexico. The residents of Reynosa in Mexico and its surrounding smaller towns travel regularly into McAllen, Texas to purchase goods and services, boosting the Texas economy..
A metroplex census and labor-statistics area in America is an area comprised of more than one large city. The McAllen Borderplex represents two large cities, but Hidalgo TX is also a part of this larger entity.
Other American cities are parts of other Borderplexes in American. This includes Laredo, Texas and certain cities in New Mexico.
Today, McAllen enjoys explosive growth and the near-constant addition of new and beautiful buildings in our city.— old.McAllen.net website
McAllen, Texas ScenesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Borderplex and the Reynosa - Hidalgo - McAllen Area
The McAllen Borerplex Is Economically Active
Some job seekers may not be aware of the existence of Borderplex, given the recent years of border wall-building and the focus on illegal immigration, but this border metroplex is still defined, active, and even thriving.
The Retail Industry especially seems to be booming on both sides of the river, but more so in McAllen; with an abundance of Sales and Finance jobs available in the Mexican portion of the metro area. Higher paid jobs are available in McAllen TX, especially in Trucking/Transportation, Healthcare, Insurance, and Sales.
Interestingly, as of mid-January 2012, over three times as many jobs were open in the Reynosa portion of Borderplex as in the McAllen portion. While not common practice, some US workers are traveling to the Reynosa Area for work, but a working knowledge of Spanish is almost mandatory.
Immigration websites that explain moving from the USA to Mexico have indicated that visas and Mexican Passports are a matter of paperwork, fees, and waiting; and require no citizenship tests. However, these sites instruct users to contact employers in Mexico for jobs before attempting to move into the country. Also check on up-to-date crime rate information.
McAllen rates at Number 4 Cheapest Place to Live in America and is the first city named as an Inland Foreign Trade Zone in the US. The work put into McAllen to build foreign trade has resulted in citizens of Reynosa traveling regularly into McAllen.
First Person Experience in Reynosa
- Teaching English in Mexico : From Iowa to Reynosa, Mexico
Middle-aged woman from Iowa moves to Reynosa to teach in an elementary school.
- Mexico's health care lures Americans - USATODAY.com
As the United States debates an overhaul of its health care system, thousands of American retirees in Mexico have quietly found a solution of their own, signing up for the health care plan run by the Mexican Social Security Institute.
Two Texas Borderplexes
McAllen Foreign Trade Zone
The McAllen Foreign Trade Zone website defines this zone in this way:
A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is an isolated, policed, and enclosed area that is in or adjacent to a port of entry and is considered outside customs territory of the United States.-- http://www.mcallenftz.org/ftz_about_us.php
The site goes on to explain what can be done in such a zone:
Merchandise admitted into a foreign trade zone may be assembled, manufactured, manipulated, sorted, repaired, cleaned, inspected, distributed, repacked, and destroyed.
As the first US inland foreign trade zone not involving a sea port, McAllen feels that the free enterprise in which they have been involved since 1973 is unmatched anywhere else globally. A total of at least 410 companies from 42 nations have settled in McAllen as of January 2012. The McAllen FTZ is looking to expand to fill more of its offices and warehouse spaces and the zone provides incentives on taxes, duties, and tariffs.
Across the border, McAllen FTZ opened FTZ Logistics S. de R.L. de C.V. in Reynosa successfully in 2008.
McAllen - City and Foreign Trade Zone
McAllen is a fairly large city, with over 133,000 residents in 2011, according to federal and local statistics and Sperling's Best Places. Average home values increased over half a percent in that year, but median home cost is only $103,000, compared to much higher costs elsewhere. Unemployment is less than the national average as well and job growth in 2011 was almost 2.0%, continuing into 2012.
The Cost of Living Index in McAllen is 81 overall, according to the latest figures, although utilities stand at a 96, compared to the nation.
McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge to Reynosa
Job Listings For McAllen, Texas
Top Hiring McAllen Employers
- Universal Health Services
- CRST Trucking
- CR England Trucking
- HCA HEalthcare
- Schneider National - Trucking
- Rio Grande Regional Hospital
- Pizza Hut
- Home Depot, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, JC Penney, PetSmart, Burlington
- Platinum Supplemental Insurance
- United Planning Group
- McDonald's, Taco Bell
- South Texas College
- Countrywide Therapy
Highest Demand Jobs, McAllen
- CRST company Truck Drivers with CDL
- Retail Managers
- Sales Representatives
- Event Specialists
- Pizza Hut Employees - All levels, managers, crew, drivers.
- Insurance Agents - Insurance and Financial Products
- Retail Salespeople
- DISH Network jobs, various
- RN Licensed Nurses/Travel Nurses
- Physician Assistants, Including Nurse Practitioners
Higher Education and Training: McAllen and Reynosa
Impulsora Rio Grande, S.A. de C.V.
- Antonio Rodriguez #613-A
Reynosa, Tamaulipas C.P. 88620 Mexico
- Phone: +52 924 5823
- Cerro de La Brenma 1234
Las Fuentes Coloniales, Reynosa Mexico
- Phone +01 899 995 5302
Mexican-America University of the North - Reynosa, McAllen TX, other.
- Guerrero Esq. Plutarco Elías Calles No. 1317 Colonia del Prado
Reynosa 88560 Tamaulipas Mexico
- Phone +52 899 922 2002
Job Listings For Reynosa
Jobs in McAllen Borderplex Cities: Reynosa
- UNJOBS -- Reynosa
News and information for Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico from the United Nations and other International Organizations, compiled by UNjobs Association of Geneva.
- Indra Systems of Mexico
- Orgatour Administrative Services
- Arvato of Mexico
- Temporary Services
- Human Dynamics Bureau
- Projection and Enterprise Administration
- Pearson Personal Certification Company
- Services of Personal Communications
- Halliburton of Mexico
Reynosa, Federal District Mexico
Highest Demand Jobs out of 15,000+
- Assistant Auditors
- Sales Executives
- Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants
- Adjutant Generals
- Grocery Store Clerks
- Data Entry Operators
- Financial Advisors
- Sales Representatives
- Warehouse Jobs
- Assistant Managers
- Security Guards
- Sales Managers
- Account Executives
© 2012 Patty Inglish
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