Pharr is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas. Pharr is connected by bridge to the Mexican city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. It is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission and Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan areas. The community was named after sugar planter Henry Newton Pharr. In 1900 Henry N. Pharr for a number of years was a director of the State National Bank of New Iberia, Louisiana, and was a former president of the Louisiana – Rio Grande Sugar Company and the Louisiana – Rio Grande Canal Company, which at one time owned eight thousand acres and which, in 1910, on this land built the town of Pharr.
The median income for a household in the city is $24,333, and the median income for a family is $25,916. Males have a median income of $19,169 versus $16,737 for females. The per capita income for the city is $9,462. 35.5% of the population and 30.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 46.6% of those under the age of 18 and 23.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
The majority of Pharr is served by the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District which has two high schools in the city: PSJA North with around 2,700 students and PSJA Southwest Early College High School with approximately 1,750. A small fringe portion of the city is a part of the Hidalgo Independent School District. Another small portion is a part of the Valley View Independent School District which has one campus with around 2,000 students.