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 Population7,414
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+2,984
Age of the Population31


% of people married34.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.5%
Median Earnings25+$20,265
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,615


Median Family Income$33,400
% Above Poverty Level66.9%
% Below Poverty Level33.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%


People Living Alone25.7%
Median Gross Rent$474
Median House Value$39,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)89.7%
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Crystal City Almanac

County Zavala County
Standard Zip Codes78839
Phone Area Codes830
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude28.68
Approximate Longitude-99.82

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)

Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp43 to 67 F
Apr Temp61 to 85 F
Jul Temp74 to 97 F
Oct Temp62 to 85 F
Annual Precip20.7 inches
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp39 to 64 F
Apr Temp58 to 85 F
Jul Temp73 to 98 F
Oct Temp59 to 84 F
Annual Precip21.8 inches
StationUVALDE 3 SW
Distance35 miles
Jan Temp37 to 64 F
Apr Temp56 to 82 F
Jul Temp71 to 97 F
Oct Temp57 to 84 F
Annual Precip22 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Big Wells726$0
Carrizo Springs5,828$40,625

Crystal City Public Schools

Benito Juarez Middle
1301 N Javalina Dr
ZIP: 78839
(830) 374-3486
Total Enrollment 281
Crystal City H S
1101 N 11th Ave
ZIP: 78839
(830) 374-2341
Total Enrollment 499
Dr Tomas Rivera-zavala El
909 Airport Dr
ZIP: 78839
(830) 374-8078
Total Enrollment 992
Sterling H Fly Jr H S
715 E Crockett St
ZIP: 78839
(830) 374-2371
Total Enrollment 297

Crystal City Private Schools

Wintergarten Christian School
301 W Uvalde St
ZIP: 78839
Total Enrollment 42
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