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.

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.


Total Population 7,325
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,466
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 50.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $36,344
% Above Poverty Level 67.3%
% Below Poverty Level 32.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 20.1%
Median Gross Rent $622
Median House Value $59,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.2%
US/American 0%
English 0.8%
Irish 0.9%

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

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


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

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
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
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 3,019 $43,839
Harlingen 65,801 $39,576

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

La Feria Public Libraries

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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