Introduction to Uvalde, Texas

Uvalde, Texas, in Uvalde county, is 79 miles W of San Antonio, Texas.

Uvalde History

This region was originally home to various Native American tribes of hunters and gatherers. Following the establishment of San Antonio in 1718, the region was frequented by Spanish soldiers, mineral prospectors, cattlemen, and buffalo hunters. Juan de Ugalde, governor of Coahuila, led his forces to a decisive victory against the Apaches on January 9, 1790. The area was thereafter referred to as "Ugalde." The first permanent settlers arrived in 1852, and changed the name to "Uvalde." Due to the presence of large oak trees in the community, it is nicknamed the "City of Trees."

Uvalde and Nearby Attractions

  • Garner Memorial Museum
  • Aviation Museum of Texas at Garner Field
  • Cook's Slough Sanctuary
  • Garner State Park
  • SeaWorld San Antonio

Things To Do In Uvalde

The city of Uvalde has a number of cultural attractions. The Aviation Museum of Texas at Garner Field is situated on a World War II primary training base and has displays of military aircrafts. The Briscoe Art & Antique Collection features an extensive collection of art and antiques, including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Gainsborough. Janey Slaughter- Briscoe Grand Opera House was originally constructed in 1891. This restored opera house now hosts concerts and theater productions. Opportunities to play golf are available at the 18-hole public course in Uvalde Golf Club. Cook's Slough Sanctuary, a natural habitat for birds, is a popular attraction in the area. The city also provides facilities for hunting of quail, turkey, javelin, dove, feral hog, and whitetail deer. In addition, residents of Uvalde celebrate the Palomino Festival every year.

Uvalde Transportation

San Antonio International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Uvalde Higher Education

The main campus of Southwest Texas Junior College is situated in Uvalde. Schreiner University, Northwest Vista College, and University of Texas at San Antonio are the other colleges near the city.


Total Population 16,220
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,867
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 42.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.3%
Median Earnings25+ $26,573
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,757
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,686


Median Family Income $45,074
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 24.6%
Median Gross Rent $625
Median House Value $71,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.5%
Irish 3.3%

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

Uvalde Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 79 miles W of San Antonio, Texas
County Uvalde
Standard Zip Codes 78801
P.O. Box Zip Codes 78802
Phone Area Codes 830
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.209
Longitude -99.785

Uvalde Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station UVALDE
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 64 F
Apr Temp 57 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 58 to 83 F
Annual Precip 23.4 inches
Station UVALDE 3 SW
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 64 F
Apr Temp 56 to 82 F
Jul Temp 71 to 97 F
Oct Temp 57 to 84 F
Annual Precip 22 inches
Distance 35.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 62 F
Apr Temp 53 to 80 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 81 F
Annual Precip 27.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

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

Uvalde Public Libraries

El Progreso Memorial Library
Uvalde, Texas
(830) 278-2017

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Uvalde Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(830) 278-6251
Emergency Service: Yes

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Uvalde High Schools

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A Title I School.
Serves 1,386 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 138 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

1000 N GETTY
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

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