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Awards & Recognition

McAllen was ranked in the “Top 100 Places to Live in 2011” by Relocate America.

Forbes’ Best Cities for Jobs (mid-sized category) in 2011 – McAllen MSA ranked 4th.

Brownsville and McAllen made Top 100 Forbes list for Best Places for Business and Careers in June 2011.

South Texas College in McAllen ranked No. 1 and University of Texas-Pan America in Edinburg ranked No. 2 for the “10 Most Affordable Colleges” by CNN Money in July 2011.

McAllen ranks No. 1 in the Nation for change in total employment and 3rd in the country for change in total employment by Brookings Institution - 1st quarter 2011.

McAllen remains in the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas for economic performance by Brookings Institution - 1st Quarter 2011.

Hidalgo ranked 7th and Brownsville 17th for “Top Texas Ports for North America Trade” by U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics in 2010.

McAllen MSA ranked 4th and Brownsville MSA ranked 13th for “Best-performing cities” by Milken Institute in 2010.

Harlingen ranked No. 1 in “Cheapest Place to Live” by ACCRA in 2011.

Brownsville MSA and McAllen MSA ranked in the “Top Cleanest Cities” by American Lung Association in 2010.

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA ranks No. 1 in “Least Toxic Cities” by Forbes in 2011.