The population continued to grow steadily through the 1970s, and reached 66,281 by 1980.
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At the time Mc Allen's main industries were retail, tourism and farming, and each was in trouble.
The devaluation of the Mexican peso in the 1980s put a damper on cross-border shopping; local tourism was down because of the recession.
From its settlement in 1904, the area around Mc Allen was largely rural and agricultural in character.
But the latter half of the 20th century saw steady growth, which the metropolitan area still experiences today.
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The town was a petroleum and farm chemurgic center with a population of 11,877 in 1940, by which time it had adopted the nickname the City of Palms.