Located in the extreme southern part of the state of Texas and a city in Hidalgo County, it sits in the lower Rio Grande valley that is situated in the west-northwest pf Brownsville. Along with McAllen and other nearby communities, they were able to form a metropolitan complex. The city’s development started as a cotton-grinning center and a shipping and packing point for the valley’s citrus fruits and vegetables. Oil and natural gas fields are abundant in the area’s limits. The city has been operating as one of the nation’s most scattered school districts with its groves, farmland, and ranchland. Edinburg is also home to the University of Texas-Pan American and of the Tropical Texas Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
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