Donna is off U.S. Highway 83 and State Spur 374, fourteen miles southeast of McAllen in southeastern Hidalgo County. It is in territory that was granted to Lino Cabazos as part of the La Blanca land grant on May 19, 1834, by the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The Cabazos family inhabited the area for at least twenty years after taking possession of the land, and their descendants continued to live in the area into the twentieth century. The first known Anglo-American settler was John F. Webber, who, accompanied by his wife Sylvia (Hector), a former slave, settled in the area in 1851. The Webbers moved to the area in order to escape persecution for their interracial marriage.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
16,797 2020 United States Census Bureau
17,300 2019 Texas Demographic Center
15,798 2010 United States Census Bureau
14,768 2000 United States Census Bureau
12,652 1990 United States Census Bureau
9,952 1980 United States Census Bureau
7,365 1970 United States Census Bureau
7,522 1960 United States Census Bureau
7,171 1950 United States Census Bureau
4,712 1940 United States Census Bureau
4,103 1930 United States Census Bureau
1,579 1920 United States Census Bureau