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Overview

Introduction to San Benito, Texas

San Benito, Texas, in Cameron county, is 5 miles SE of Harlingen, Texas (center to center) and 116 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is conveniently located inside the Brownsville - Harlingen - San Benito metropolitan area.

San Benito History

San Benito was originally known as the Village of Diaz. It was named after Porfirio Díaz, the Mexican president. The first railroad entered the area in 1904. An irrigation system was introduced in 1906. The post office was established on April 2, 1907. The name of the city was changed to San Benito on May 11, 1907. San Benito was the hometown of Freddy Fender, the Tex-Mex and Country music icon.

San Benito and nearby Attractions

  • Los Ebanos Preserve
  • Wild Bird Center at Harlingen
  • Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gladys Porter Zoo
  • Children's Museum of Brownsville

Things To Do In San Benito

There are several parks and playgrounds in San Benito including Stokey Park, Hermosa Park, Kenedy Park, Landrum Park, and San Benito City Park. The Los Ebanos Preserve is also worth visiting. The city has several houses of worship including the Pentecostal Holiness Church, San Benito Seventh Day Adventist Church, The Pentecostal Church, and First Church of the Nazarene. Leisure hours can also be spent at the San Benito Public Library and Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum.

San Benito Transportation

Valley International Airport is close to the city.

San Benito Higher Education

Reynaldo Garza School of Law lies within the city. Texas State Technical College-Harlingen and The University of Texas at Brownsville are also nearby.

People

Total Population 24,486
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,966
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 42%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.5%
Median Earnings25+ $22,428
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,771
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,280

Wealth

Median Family Income $30,201
% Above Poverty Level 61.3%
% Below Poverty Level 38.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $555
Median House Value $59,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 85.5%
US/American 0%
English 1.1%
Irish 1%

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

San Benito Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SE 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 78586
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.132
Longitude -97.63

San Benito 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 HARLINGEN
Distance 5.2 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 WESLACO 2 E
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 69 F
Apr Temp 64 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 95 F
Oct Temp 64 to 86 F
Annual Precip 25.3 inches
Station PORT ISABEL
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 67 F
Apr Temp 67 to 79 F
Jul Temp 78 to 89 F
Oct Temp 70 to 83 F
Annual Precip 28.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Carricitos (78586)

Colaboz (78586)

Landrum (78586)

Las Rusias (78586)

Los Cuates (78586)

Ranchito (78586)

Yescas (78586)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Harlingen 65,801 $39,576

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

San Benito Public Libraries

Library
San Benito Public Library
101 W ROSE ST
San Benito, Texas
(956) 361-3860
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San Benito High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SAN BENITO H S
450 S WILLIAMS RD
956-361-6500
A Title I School.
Serves 1,506 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

SOUTH TEXAS ACADEMY OF MEDICAL TEC
151 S HELEN MOORE RD
956-399-4331
A Title I School.
Serves 110 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

HESTER JUVENILE DETENT
2310 W HWY 77
956-399-3075
A Non-traditional School
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

AMADOR R RODRIGUEZ JUVENILE BOOT C
240 N CROCKETT ST
956-361-6275
A Non-traditional School
Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

POSITIVE REDIRECTION CTR
505 DOHERTY ST
956-361-6275
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.2

CAMERON CO J J A E P
240 N CROCKETT ST
956-361-6275
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.

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