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Overview

Introduction to Laredo, Texas

The Texas city of Laredo, county seat of Webb County, is situated on the north bank of the Rio Grande about 135 miles west of Corpus Christi and about 150 miles southwest of San Antonio. Positioned at the southern end of Interstate I-35, Laredo is seated on the Rio Grande River at the Mexican border. Along with the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo across the river, it is part of "Los Dos Laredos," one of the largest inland port areas in both the US and Mexico. Other major highways servicing Laredo include U.S. Routes 59 and 83; and Texas State Highways 255 and 359.

First established in 1755, Laredo grew from a small villa to the onetime capital of the defunct Republic of the Rio Grande. During and after the Texas Revolution, many residents of Laredo continued to consider themselves citizens of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, and when Laredo became the county seat for newly established Webb County in 1848, the establishment of the Rio Grande as the international boundary divided the town, many of whose residents had homes and ranchos on the other side of the border. A number of families who did not wish to live under the American flag chose to move across the river to what became the Mexican village of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Incorporated in 1852, Laredo continued to grow during the latter part of the 19th century, stimulated by the railroads and nearby coal mining. The Laredo economy was further boosted by rich oil and gas finds in the area during the early 1900s. By the early 1990s, the city had become one of the Texas' most active centers for import and export trade with Mexico. The passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) cemented Laredo's position at the forefront of social and economic activity along the border.

Laredo Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

The Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum chronicles the history of the short lived republic and is housed in the building which actually served as the republic's Capitol building. The Laredo Center for the Arts, located in historic downtown Laredo, houses three galleries displaying regional artwork and offers community activities for children and adults. The Imaginarium of South Texas, formerly known as Laredo Children's Museum, provides a hands-on educational experience for kids in science, technology, and art. The Laredo Entertainment Center is a state-of-the-art multipurpose facility bringing family-oriented entertainment to the region. Included in its attractions are major concerts, sporting events, ice shows, and conventions. Annual festivals in Laredo include the Washington's Birthday Celebration, an almost month long held event that features a Jalapeño Eating Contest. The Laredo Birding and Butterfly Festival, a 3-day February event, offers both beginning and experienced birders access to one of the last great frontiers in birding.

Laredo is home to four professional sports teams. The Laredo Bucks hockey team competes in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and plays its home games at the Laredo Entertainment Center. Another resident of the Laredo Entertainment Center is the Laredo Lobos, an Arena Football 2 (af2) team founded in 2006. The Laredo Heat is a soccer team playing in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL). Baseball fans can root for the Laredo Broncos, an independent minor league pro team playing in the United Baseball League (UBL).

People

Total Population 248,855
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 92,463
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $25,583
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,036
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,129

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,913
% Above Poverty Level 69.2%
% Below Poverty Level 30.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.9%
Median Gross Rent $763
Median House Value $112,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 91.9%
US/American 0%
English 0.5%
Irish 0.5%

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

Laredo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 130 miles W of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Webb
Metro Area Laredo
Standard Zip Codes 78040, 78041, 78043, 78045, 78046
P.O. Box Zip Codes 78042, 78044
Company Zip Codes 78049
Phone Area Codes 956
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.506
Longitude -99.507

Laredo 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 LAREDO 2
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 63 to 89 F
Jul Temp 75 to 102 F
Oct Temp 63 to 87 F
Annual Precip 21.5 inches
Station ENCINAL
Distance 37.9 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 67 F
Apr Temp 59 to 87 F
Jul Temp 72 to 99 F
Oct Temp 60 to 86 F
Annual Precip 22.2 inches
Station ZAPATA 3 SW
Distance 44.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 67 F
Apr Temp 64 to 88 F
Jul Temp 76 to 98 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 19.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
El Cenizo 3,307 $23,125

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

Laredo Public Libraries

Library
Laredo Public Library
1120 E CALTON RD
Laredo, Texas
(956) 795-2400
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Laredo Hospitals

PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
230 CALLE DEL NORTE
(956) 693-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF LAREDO
(Proprietary)
10700 MCPHERSON ROAD
(956) 523-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

LAREDO MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1700 EAST SAUNDERS
(956) 796-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Laredo High Schools

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UNITED H S
8800 N MCPHERSON RD
956-717-6100
A Title I School.
Serves 2,480 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

NIXON H S
2000 PLUM
956-795-3849
A Title I School.
Serves 2,172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

JOHN B ALEXANDER H S
3600 E DEL MAR
956-718-9000
A Title I School.
Serves 1,955 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

UNITED SOUTH H S
4001 AVE LOS PRESIDENTES
956-726-6400
A Title I School.
Serves 1,894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

MARTIN H S
2002 SAN BERNARDO
956-795-3850
A Title I School.
Serves 1,871 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

DR LEO CIGARROA H S
2600 ZACATECAS
956-795-3800
A Title I School.
Serves 1,534 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

GATEWAY ACADEMY (STUDENT ALTERNATI
1230 TOWN LK DR
956-722-0747
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 313 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

UNITED STEP ACADEMY
5201 BOB BULLOCK LOOP
956-764-6500
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

F S LARA ACADEMY
2901 E TRAVIS ST
956-795-3900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.7

JUVENILLE JUSTICE ALTERNATIVE PROG
4602 N BARLETT AVE
956-717-6201
A Non-traditional School
Serves 63 students.

WEBB COUNTY J J A E P
4602 N BARTLETT ST
956-717-1220
A Non-traditional School
Serves 34 students.

UNITED SOUTH MAGNET
4001 AVE LOS PRESIDENTES
956-726-6419

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