Introduction to Crystal City, Texas

Crystal City, Texas, in Zavala county, is 83 miles N of Laredo, Texas (center to center) and 95 miles SW of San Antonio, Texas.

Crystal City History

Crystal City was originally settled by American ranchers and farmers. It was incorporated in 1910, and in 1928 it became the county seat of Zavala County, which was established in 1846. The city was named after the crystal-clear water of the local wells. Spinach is major cash crop supporting the city’s economy and on March 26, 1937, spinach growers erected a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character that contributed to the great popularity of this vegetable. Crystal City is also known as the "Spinach Capital of the World."

Crystal City and Nearby Attractions

  • Garner Memorial Museum
  • Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
  • Medina County Museum
  • Hill Country State Natural Area

Things To Do In Crystal City

Crystal City organizes the Spinach Festival annually during the first weekend of November. The remains of a Japanese internment camp from the World War is an interesting historical destination. The city is home to Rice River Ranch which has facilities for deer hunting and fishing on the Nueces River. Garner Memorial Museum, Hill Country State Natural Area, and Lake Casa Blanca International State Park are other popular destinations.

Crystal City Transportation

Laredo International Airport is the closest major airport.

Crystal City Higher Education

Southwest Texas Junior College, Laredo Community College, Texas A & M International University, and Palo Alto College are the nearest colleges and universities.


Total Population 7,381
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,950
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $34,853
% Above Poverty Level 68.3%
% Below Poverty Level 31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $456
Median House Value $40,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 91.3%
US/American 0%
English 0.3%
Irish 0.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Crystal City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 83 miles N of Laredo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles SW of San Antonio, Texas
County Zavala
Standard Zip Codes 78839
Phone Area Codes 830
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.677
Longitude -99.827

Crystal City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 67 F
Apr Temp 61 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 97 F
Oct Temp 62 to 85 F
Annual Precip 20.7 inches
Station LA PRYOR
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 64 F
Apr Temp 58 to 85 F
Jul Temp 73 to 98 F
Oct Temp 59 to 84 F
Annual Precip 21.8 inches
Station UVALDE 3 SW
Distance 35 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 64 F
Apr Temp 56 to 82 F
Jul Temp 71 to 97 F
Oct Temp 57 to 84 F
Annual Precip 22 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Asherton 967 $41,417
Big Wells 737 $40,417
Carrizo Springs 5,740 $41,763

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Crystal City Public Libraries

Crystal City Memorial Library
Crystal City, Texas
(830) 374-3477

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Crystal City High Schools

A Title I School.
Serves 570 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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