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Overview

Introduction to San Benito, Texas

San Benito, Texas, in Cameron county, is 5 miles SE of Harlingen, Texas (center to center) and 116 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is conveniently located inside the Brownsville - Harlingen - San Benito metropolitan area.

San Benito History

San Benito was originally known as the Village of Diaz. It was named after Porfirio Díaz, the Mexican president. The first railroad entered the area in 1904. An irrigation system was introduced in 1906. The post office was established on April 2, 1907. The name of the city was changed to San Benito on May 11, 1907. San Benito was the hometown of Freddy Fender, the Tex-Mex and Country music icon.

San Benito and nearby Attractions

  • Los Ebanos Preserve
  • Wild Bird Center at Harlingen
  • Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gladys Porter Zoo
  • Children's Museum of Brownsville

Things To Do In San Benito

There are several parks and playgrounds in San Benito including Stokey Park, Hermosa Park, Kenedy Park, Landrum Park, and San Benito City Park. The Los Ebanos Preserve is also worth visiting. The city has several houses of worship including the Pentecostal Holiness Church, San Benito Seventh Day Adventist Church, The Pentecostal Church, and First Church of the Nazarene. Leisure hours can also be spent at the San Benito Public Library and Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum.

San Benito Transportation

Valley International Airport is close to the city.

San Benito Higher Education

Reynaldo Garza School of Law lies within the city. Texas State Technical College-Harlingen and The University of Texas at Brownsville are also nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,442
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+7,827
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married37.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.3%
Median Earnings25+$24,943
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,225
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,783

Wealth

Median Family Income$31,532
% Above Poverty Level62.5%
% Below Poverty Level37.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone24.4%
Median Gross Rent$586
Median House Value$54,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)83.4%
English1.4%
Irish0.6%
German0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Italian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
French Except Basque0.2%
Dutch0.1%
Danishn0.1%
West Indian0.1%
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San Benito Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cameron County
Standard Zip Codes78586
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude26.13
Approximate Longitude-97.63

San Benito Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHARLINGEN
Distance5.2 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
StationWESLACO 2 E
Distance20.9 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp64 to 85 F
Jul Temp74 to 95 F
Oct Temp64 to 86 F
Annual Precip25.3 inches
StationPORT ISABEL
Distance26.1 miles
Jan Temp52 to 67 F
Apr Temp67 to 79 F
Jul Temp78 to 89 F
Oct Temp70 to 83 F
Annual Precip28.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Harlingen65,634$41,319

San Benito Public Libraries

San Benito Public Library
101 W ROSE ST
San Benito, Texas
(956) 361-3860

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San Benito Public Schools

Angela Gerusa Leal El
33356 Fm 732
ZIP: 78586
(956) 276-5055
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
Cash El
400 N Ponciana St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Mid-valley Academy (pk-3)
1785 W Business Hwy 77
ZIP: 78586
(956) 276-9930
Cameron Co J J A E P
240 N Crockett St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6275
Other
Total Enrollment 3
Gateway To Graduation Academy
600 N Austin
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6275
High
Total Enrollment 67
Downs El
1302 N Dowling
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6720
Primary
Total Enrollment 487
San Benito Riverside Middle
35428 Padilla St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6110
Middle
Total Enrollment 707
Liberty Memorial Middle
31579 Fm 2893
ZIP: 78586
(956) 233-3900
Middle
Total Enrollment 785
Judge Oscar De La Fuente El
2700 S Sam Houston
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6820
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Cameron Co J J A E P
2310 W Hwy 77
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-4629
Other
Total Enrollment 37
Santa Rosa Jjaep
2310 W Hwy 77
ZIP: 78586
(956) 636-9800
High
Total Enrollment 1
San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy
2115 N Williams Rd
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6820
Other
Total Enrollment 847
Cameron Co J J A E P
2310 W Hwy 77
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-4629
High
Total Enrollment 7
South Texas Academy For Medical Professions
151 S Helen Moore Rd
ZIP: 78586
(956) 399-4331
High
Total Enrollment 536
San Benito H S
450 S Williams Rd
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6500
High
Total Enrollment 2027
Idea Academy San Benito
2151 Russell Ln
ZIP: 78586
(956) 399-5252
Primary
Total Enrollment 688
Berta Cabaza Middle
2901 Shafer Rd
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 974
Sullivan El
900 Elizabeth St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6880
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Idea College Preparatory San Benito
2151 Russell Ln
ZIP: 78586
(956) 399-5252
Other
Total Enrollment 713
South Texas Academy Of Rising Scholars
151 S Helen Moore Rd
ZIP: 78586
(956) 514-4216
Middle
Miller Jordan Middle
700 N Mccullough
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6650
Middle
Total Enrollment 844
Fred Booth
845 Zaragoza St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6860
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Landrum El
450 S Dowling St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
La Encantada El
1 Mile Farm Rd 1577
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6760
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Roberts El
650 Biddle Ave
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6740
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Positive Redirection Ctr
305 Doherty St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6275
High
Total Enrollment 19
Raul Garza Jr El
848 8th St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Midvalley Academy-san Benito Charter H S
1785 W Business Hwy 77
ZIP: 78586
(956) 276-9930
High
Total Enrollment 110
Amador R Rodriguez Juvenile Boot Camp
240 N Crockett St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-3509
Other
Total Enrollment 25
La Paloma El
35076 Main St
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6780
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Rgv Youth Recovery Home
401 Helen Moore
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6275
Other
Total Enrollment 14
Rangerville El
17558 Landrum Park Rd
ZIP: 78586
(956) 361-6840
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Palmer-laakso El
30515 Farm Rd 1847
ZIP: 78586
(956) 254-5121
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Las Yescas El
23413 Fm 803
ZIP: 78586
(956) 233-6955
Primary
Total Enrollment 498
Hester Juvenile Detent
2310 W Hwy 77
ZIP: 78586
(956) 399-3075
Other
Total Enrollment 43
Laureles El
31393 Fm 2893
ZIP: 78586
(956) 254-5141
Primary
Total Enrollment 676
Los Fresnos United
33790 Fm 803
ZIP: 78586
(956) 254-5250
Other
Total Enrollment 813
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