Laredo, Texas

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Laredo redirects here. For the city in Cantabria, Spain, see Laredo, Spain.

Laredo is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, on the north shore of the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo), across from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 176,576. A July 1, 2003 Census estimate raised this number to 197,488.

The city is served by Laredo International Airport.



The town of Laredo was founded in 1755 while the area was part of a region called Nuevo Santander in the Spanish colony of New Spain. In 1840 Laredo was the capital of the independent Republic of Rio Grande, set up in rebellion to the dictatorship of Antonio López de Santa Anna and brought back into Mexico by military force. In 1846 during the Mexican-American War the town was occupied by the Texas Rangers. After the war the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ceded the land to the United States. A referendum was taken in the town, which voted overwhelmingly to be part of Mexico rather than the United States. However, the U.S. Military refused the petition, and the bulk of the population moved over the river into Mexican territory to found the new town of Nuevo Laredo. In 1849 the military set up Fort McIntosh (originally Camp Crawford) by the town. Laredo was rechartered as a city in 1852. Laredo is one of the oldest border crossing points in the United States, and the nation's busiest inland port. As of 2005, Laredo is celebrating its 250th anniversary of its founding.


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Location of Laredo, Texas

Laredo is located at 27°31'28" North, 99°29'26" West (27.524445, -99.490593)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 206.0 km² (79.6 mi²). 203.2 km² (78.5 mi²) of it is land and 2.8 km² (1.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.37% water.

Laredo is at the southern end of Interstate 35, which spans from Duluth, Minnesota, to Laredo.

Also according to the United States Census Bureau, at a 2000 census, Laredo is the second fastest growing city in the United States.


As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 176,576 people, 46,852 households, and 39,964 families residing in the city. The population density is 868.9/km² (2,250.5/mi²). There are 50,319 housing units at an average density of 247.6/km² (641.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 82.27% White, 0.37% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 13.94% from other races, and 2.49% from two or more races. 94.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 46,852 households out of which 52.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% are married couples living together, 18.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 14.7% are non-families. 12.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.70 and the average family size is 4.05.

In the city the population is spread out with 35.5% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 27 years. For every 100 females there are 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $29,108, and the median income for a family is $30,449. Males have a median income of $24,070 versus $19,202 for females. The per capita income for the city is $11,084. 29.6% of the population and 25.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 37.7% of those under the age of 18 and 26.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

The two school districts that overrule the taxes of property to the residents are:

1st place: United I.S.D, covering the Most North, Most South, and North-Central/South-Central areas.

No schools as of right now are recgonized by the U.S, but schools like Trauttmann Middle, United High, Alexander High, and United South Middle, are either recgonized by the T.A.K.S/former T.A.A.S testing, state recgonizion, or even both.

2nd place: Laredo I.S.D, covering all of Central Laredo, and the far East and West.

District has schools that are recgonized over the state of Texas and the United States. And most of the schools are recgonized all over the state and by T.A.K.S/former T.A.A.S testings.

Both districts also have schools that are available to small towns within Laredo's 20-mile range, such as Rio Grande City(the small version next to Laredo) with Salvador Garcia Middle of U.I.S.D

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