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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).

Demographics

People

Total Population251,671
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens8.6%
Employed Population 16+93,415
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married47%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.9%
Median Earnings25+$26,468
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,468
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,994

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,531
% Above Poverty Level68.7%
% Below Poverty Level31.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone16.9%
Median Gross Rent$764
Median House Value$113,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)91.5%
German0.7%
Irish0.5%
English0.5%
Italian0.3%
French Except Basque0.3%
West Indian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Arab0.1%
Polish0.1%
Scottish0.1%
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Laredo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Webb County
Standard Zip Codes78040, 78041, 78045, 78043, 78046
P.O. Box Zip Codes78042, 78044
Company Zip Codes78049
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude27.51
Approximate Longitude-99.5

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)

StationLAREDO 2
Distance4.2 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp63 to 89 F
Jul Temp75 to 102 F
Oct Temp63 to 87 F
Annual Precip21.5 inches
StationENCINAL
Distance37.9 miles
Jan Temp41 to 67 F
Apr Temp59 to 87 F
Jul Temp72 to 99 F
Oct Temp60 to 86 F
Annual Precip22.2 inches
StationZAPATA 3 SW
Distance44.9 miles
Jan Temp45 to 67 F
Apr Temp64 to 88 F
Jul Temp76 to 98 F
Oct Temp65 to 85 F
Annual Precip19.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
El Cenizo3,282$21,929
Rio Bravo4,842$29,636

Laredo Public Libraries

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

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Laredo Hospitals

Laredo Specialty Hospital
(Proprietary)
2005 Bustamante Street
Laredo Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1700 East Saunders Street
Doctors Hospital Of Laredo
(Proprietary)
10700 Mcpherson Road

Laredo Public Schools

Bruni El
1508 San Eduardo
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-3000
Primary
Total Enrollment 687
Christen Middle
2001 Santa Maria Ave
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-6400
Middle
Total Enrollment 1369
Daiches El
1402 Green
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
Don Jose Gallego
520 Clark Blvd
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 799
Dovalina El
1700 W Anna Ave
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-3320
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
H B Zachry El
3200 Chacota St
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 658
Heights El
1208 Market
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
J C Martin Jr El
1600 Monterrey Ave
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Leyendecker El
1311 Garden St
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Macdonell El
1606 Benavides
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 764
Martin H S
2002 San Bernardo Ave
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-7100
High
Total Enrollment 1866
Memorial Middle
2002 Marcella Ave
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-6600
Other
Total Enrollment 731
Tarver El
3000 Tilden Ave
ZIP: 78040
(956) 273-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Amparo Gutierrez El
505 Calle Del Norte
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 580
Clark El
500 W Hillside Rd
ZIP: 78041
(956) 476-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Clark Middle
500 Hillside Rd
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-7500
Middle
Total Enrollment 788
Early College H S
5201 University Blvd
ZIP: 78041
(956) 273-7700
High
Total Enrollment 422
Farias El
1510 Chicago St
ZIP: 78041
(956) 273-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 767
Finley El
2001 Lowry
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Gateway Academy-townlake Charter H S
1230 Townlake Dr
ZIP: 78041
(956) 722-0747
High
Total Enrollment 239
Harmony School Of Innovation - Laredo
4608 Daugherty Ave
ZIP: 78041
(956) 712-1177
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Harmony Science Academy - Laredo
4401 San Francisco Ave
ZIP: 78041
(956) 712-1177
Other
Total Enrollment 647
Henry Cuellar El
6431 Casa Del Sol Blvd
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 663
John B Alexander H S
3600 E Del Mar
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-5800
High
Total Enrollment 2707
Juvenille Justice Alternative Program
4602 N Barlett Ave
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-6201
High
Total Enrollment 31
Kazen El
9620 Albany Dr
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Newman El
1300 Alta Vista
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Nye El
101 E Del Mar Blvd
ZIP: 78041
(956) 473-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 822
Pierce El
800 E Eistetter
ZIP: 78041
(956) 273-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 877
Santa Maria El
3817 Santa Maria
ZIP: 78041
(956) 273-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 701
T Sanchez El / H Ochoa El
211 E Ash St
ZIP: 78041
(956) 273-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 749
United Step Academy
5201 Bob Bullock Loop
ZIP: 78041
(956) 764-6500
Other
Total Enrollment 127
D D Hachar El
3000 Guadalupe St
ZIP: 78043
(956) 273-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
F S Lara Academy
2901 E Travis St
ZIP: 78043
(956) 273-7900
Other
Total Enrollment 93
Lamar Middle
1818 N Arkansas Ave
ZIP: 78043
(956) 273-6200
Middle
Total Enrollment 1352
Milton El
2500 Ash
ZIP: 78043
(956) 273-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 891
Nixon H S
2000 Plum
ZIP: 78043
(956) 273-7400
High
Total Enrollment 1967
Prada El
510 Soria Dr
ZIP: 78043
(956) 473-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 770
Premier H S Of Laredo
2201 Chihuahua St
ZIP: 78043
(956) 723-7788
High
Total Enrollment 207
Ruiz El
1717 Ave Los Presidentes
ZIP: 78043
(956) 473-3300
Primary
Total Enrollment 928
Ryan El
2401 Clark Blvd
ZIP: 78043
(956) 273-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 951
Santo Nino El
2701 Bismark St
ZIP: 78043
(956) 273-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 708
Sigifredo Perez El
500 Sierra Vista Dr
ZIP: 78043
(956) 473-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 1104
United South Middle
3707 Ave Los Presidentes
ZIP: 78043
(956) 473-7700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1357
Barbara Fasken El
11111 Atlanta Dr
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 949
Charles Borchers El
9551 Backwoods Trl
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-7200
Primary
Total Enrollment 967
Col Santos Benavides El
10702 Kirby Dr
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 948
Dr Malakoff El
2810 Havana Dr
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 831
George Washington Middle
10306 Riverbank Dr
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-7600
Middle
Total Enrollment 1308
Julia Bird Jones Muller El
4430 Muller Memorial Blvd
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 874
Matias De Llano El
1415 Shiloh Dr
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 618
Radcliffe & Sue Killam El
5511 Fairfield
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 797
Trautmann El
810 Lindenwood
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
Trautmann Middle
8501 Curly Ln
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-7400
Middle
Total Enrollment 1821
United H S
2811 United Ave
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-5600
High
Total Enrollment 4157
United Middle
700 E Del Mar Blvd
ZIP: 78045
(956) 473-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1073
Antonio Gonzalez Middle
5208 Santa Claudia Ln
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 1260
Bonnie L Garcia El
1453 Concord Hills Blvd
ZIP: 78046
(956) 764-8900
Primary
Total Enrollment 916
Dr Leo Cigarroa H S
2600 Zacatecas St
ZIP: 78046
(956) 273-6800
High
Total Enrollment 1540
Franklin D Roosevelt El
3301 Sierra Vista Dr
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 733
Gateway Academy-sierra Vista Charter H S
4620 S Lucy
ZIP: 78046
(956) 723-0345
High
Total Enrollment 122
J Kawas El
2100 S Milmo Ave
ZIP: 78046
(956) 273-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Joaquin Cigarroa Middle
2600 Palo Blanco St
ZIP: 78046
(956) 273-6100
Middle
Total Enrollment 1407
John W Arndt El
610 Santa Marta Blvd
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 883
Judith Zaffirini El
5210 Santa Claudia Ln
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-2900
Primary
Total Enrollment 1136
Kennedy Zapata El
3809 S Espejo Molina Rd
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle
5910 Saint Luke Blvd
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 877
Ligarde El
2800 S Canada Ave
ZIP: 78046
(956) 273-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 849
Los Obispos Middle
4801 S Ejido Ave
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-7800
Middle
Total Enrollment 1026
Lyndon B Johnson
5626 Cielito Lindo Blvd
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-5100
High
Total Enrollment 2698
Rodolfo C Centeno El
2710 La Pita Mangana Rd
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 931
Salinas El
1000 Century Dr W
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 848
United South H S
4001 Ave Los Presidentes
ZIP: 78046
(956) 473-5400
High
Total Enrollment 3219
Webb County J J A E P
111 Camino Nuevo Road Hwy 35
ZIP: 78046
(361) 586-6091
Other
Total Enrollment 7

Laredo Private Schools

Our Lady Of Guadalupe School
400 Callaghan St
ZIP: 78040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
St Augustine High School
1300 Galveston St
ZIP: 78040
Secondary
Total Enrollment 391
St Peters Memorial School
1519 Houston St
ZIP: 78040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 127
Blessed Sacrament School
1501 N Bartlett Ave
ZIP: 78043
Elementary
Total Enrollment 223
Los Pepitos Schoolhouse
1816 E Frost St
ZIP: 78043
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Mary Help Of Christians School
10 E Del Mar Blvd
ZIP: 78045
Elementary
Total Enrollment 433
Power Christian Academy
1601 Shiloh Dr
ZIP: 78045
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 44
School Of Wonder
403 Lindenwood Dr
ZIP: 78045
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
United Day School
1701 San Isidro Pkwy
ZIP: 78045
Elementary
Total Enrollment 401
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