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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,314
Male Share of the Population51.4%
Female Share of the Population48.6%
Senior Citizens16.4%
Employed Population 16+2,644
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married49.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.6%
Median Earnings25+$26,721
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,514
Median Earnings With High School Degree$14,035

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,104
% Above Poverty Level74.7%
% Below Poverty Level25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone25.7%
Median Gross Rent$624
Median House Value$56,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86%
German1.7%
English1%
Irish0.8%
Norwegian0.8%
French Except Basque0.7%
Italian0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Brazilian0.5%
Swedish0.2%
Scottish0.2%
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La Feria Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cameron County
Standard Zip Codes78559
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude26.15
Approximate Longitude-97.82

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)

StationSANTA ROSA 3 WNW
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp63 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 96 F
Oct Temp64 to 86 F
Annual Precip21.4 inches
StationHARLINGEN
Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp64 to 84 F
Jul Temp74 to 95 F
Oct Temp64 to 85 F
Annual Precip28.1 inches
StationMCALLEN MILLER INTL AP
Distance25.5 miles
Jan Temp50 to 70 F
Apr Temp66 to 86 F
Jul Temp76 to 96 F
Oct Temp66 to 86 F
Annual Precip22.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Combes3,048$55,078
Harlingen65,444$42,641
Primera4,553$50,104
Rangerville47$0
Santa Rosa2,843$26,234

La Feria Public Libraries

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

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La Feria Public Schools

C E Vail El
209 W Jessamine Ave
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8460
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
Cameron County Jjaep
203 E Oleander
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8300
Other
Total Enrollment 1
David G Sanchez El
1601 S Main St
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8550
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
La Feria Academy
614 S Main St
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8360
High
Total Enrollment 48
La Feria H S
901 N Canal St
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8370
High
Total Enrollment 899
Noemi Dominguez El
600 Pancho Maples Dr
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8430
Middle
Total Enrollment 541
Sam Houston El
500 N Beddoes
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8490
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
W B Green J H
501 N Canal St
ZIP: 78559
(956) 797-8400
Other
Total Enrollment 536
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