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Overview

Introduction to La Feria, Texas

La Feria, Texas, in Cameron county, is 8 miles W of Harlingen, Texas (center to center) and 116 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is included in the Brownsville - Harlingen - San Benito metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 6,115 people lived in La Feria.

La Feria History

The family of Rosa María Hinojosa de Ballí, who were the first to settle in the region, had received land from the Spanish government in 1777 as the La Feria land grant. The site was used as a center of ranching operations and controlled by this family until the middle of the 17th century. The town was developed by G. J. Schoenberg in 1909 and got its own post office the same year. The railway depot of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway, that was located a mile away, was dragged to the site of La Feria in 1912. In 1933, the city was officially incorporated. It has since expanded as a tourist location and agribusiness center.

La Feria and Nearby Attractions

  • Bicultural Museum
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site
  • Gladys Porter Zoo
  • International Museum of Art & Science

Things To Do In La Feria

Exhibits related to the history of Weslaco and Rio Grande Valley are displayed at the nearby Bicultural Museum. Specimens of Latin American folk art and fine art are exhibited at the International Museum of Art & Science. Port Isabel Lighthouse, which was built in 1852, is easily accessible from the city. The lighthouse was put out in 1905 and was restored again in 2000. Activities like camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing may be enjoyed at the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, which is situated on the Rio Grande River.

La Feria Transportation

Valley International Airport is the nearest major airport.

La Feria Higher Education

South Texas Community College, Texas Southmost College, and University of Texas - Pan American are situated close to La Feria.

People

Total Population 7,301
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,244
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 50.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.8%
Median Earnings25+ $20,080
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,931
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,340

Wealth

Median Family Income $31,659
% Above Poverty Level 62.5%
% Below Poverty Level 37.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 18.2%
Median Gross Rent $648
Median House Value $56,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.7%
Irish 0.8%

La Feria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Harlingen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 116 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Cameron
Metro Area Brownsville - Harlingen - San Benito
Standard Zip Codes 78559
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.158
Longitude -97.823

La Feria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SANTA ROSA 3 WNW
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 69 F
Apr Temp 63 to 85 F
Jul Temp 75 to 96 F
Oct Temp 64 to 86 F
Annual Precip 21.4 inches
Station HARLINGEN
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 69 F
Apr Temp 64 to 84 F
Jul Temp 74 to 95 F
Oct Temp 64 to 85 F
Annual Precip 28.1 inches
Station MCALLEN MILLER INTL AP
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 70 F
Apr Temp 66 to 86 F
Jul Temp 76 to 96 F
Oct Temp 66 to 86 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, La Feria, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lafkin (78559)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Combes 2,991 $41,029
Harlingen 65,677 $41,161

La Feria Public Libraries

Library
Bailey H. Dunlap Memorial Library
400 S MAIN ST
La Feria, Texas
(956) 797-1242

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La Feria High Schools

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LA FERIA H S
901 N CANAL ST
956-797-1353
A Title I School.
Serves 705 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

LA FERIA ALTER
203 E OLEANDER
956-797-2612
A Non-traditional School
Serves 54 students.

CAMERON CO J J A E P
203 E OLEANDER
956-797-2612
A Non-traditional School
Serves 3 students.

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