Laredo, Texas
Overview
Laredo is the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Webb County
Webb County, Texas
Webb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. The official 2010 population for the county is 250,304. In 2000, its population was 193,117, and in 2006 its population had been estimated to have reached to 231,470. Its county seat is Laredo...

, Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, United States
United States
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, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico – United States border. Its length varies as its course changes...

 in South Texas
South Texas
South Texas is a region of the U.S. state of Texas that lies roughly south of and including San Antonio. The southern and western boundary is the Rio Grande River, and to the east it is the Gulf of Mexico. The population of this region is about 3.7 million. The southern portion of this region is...

, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

. According to the 2010 census
United States Census
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, the city population was 236,091 making it the 3rd largest on the United States-Mexican border, after San Diego, California
San Diego, California
San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round...

 and El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States, and lies in far West Texas. In the 2010 census, the city had a population of 649,121. It is the sixth largest city in Texas and the 19th largest city in the United States...

. Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area is one of six bi-national metropolitan areas along the United States-Mexican border. The city of Laredo is situated in the American state of Texas on the northern bank of the Rio Grande and Nuevo Laredo is located in the Mexican State of Tamaulipas in the...

 with an estimate population of 636,516. Laredo's economy is based on international trade with Mexico. Most major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo.
Encyclopedia
Laredo is the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Webb County
Webb County, Texas
Webb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. The official 2010 population for the county is 250,304. In 2000, its population was 193,117, and in 2006 its population had been estimated to have reached to 231,470. Its county seat is Laredo...

, Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico – United States border. Its length varies as its course changes...

 in South Texas
South Texas
South Texas is a region of the U.S. state of Texas that lies roughly south of and including San Antonio. The southern and western boundary is the Rio Grande River, and to the east it is the Gulf of Mexico. The population of this region is about 3.7 million. The southern portion of this region is...

, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

. According to the 2010 census
United States Census
The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. The population is enumerated every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats , electoral votes, and government program funding. The United States Census Bureau The United States Census...

, the city population was 236,091 making it the 3rd largest on the United States-Mexican border, after San Diego, California
San Diego, California
San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round...

 and El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States, and lies in far West Texas. In the 2010 census, the city had a population of 649,121. It is the sixth largest city in Texas and the 19th largest city in the United States...

. Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area is one of six bi-national metropolitan areas along the United States-Mexican border. The city of Laredo is situated in the American state of Texas on the northern bank of the Rio Grande and Nuevo Laredo is located in the Mexican State of Tamaulipas in the...

 with an estimate population of 636,516. Laredo's economy is based on international trade with Mexico. Most major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo. Laredo's location along the southern end of I-35
Interstate 35
Interstate 35 is a north–south Interstate Highway in the central United States. I-35 stretches from Laredo, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border to Duluth, Minnesota, at Minnesota Highway 61 and 26th Avenue East. Many interstates used to have splits or spurs indicated with suffixed letters , but I-35...

 close to the manufacturers in North Mexico promotes its vital role in trade between the United States and Mexico.

Laredo has the distinction of flying seven flags (the Flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande
Flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande
The Flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande was used in 1840, during 283 days from January 17 to November 6, as long as the republic existed. This country was formed by the northeastern Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas....

 in addition to the Six Flags of Texas
Six flags over Texas
Six Flags Over Texas is the slogan used to describe the six nations that have had sovereignty over some or all of the current territory of the U.S. state of Texas. This slogan has been incorporated into shopping malls, theme parks , and other enterprises...

). Founded in 1755, Laredo grew from a villa
Villa
A villa was originally an ancient Roman upper-class country house. Since its origins in the Roman villa, the idea and function of a villa have evolved considerably. After the fall of the Roman Republic, villas became small farming compounds, which were increasingly fortified in Late Antiquity,...

 to the capital of the brief Republic of the Rio Grande
Republic of the Rio Grande
The Republic of the Rio Grande was an independent nation that insurgents against the Central Mexican Government sought to establish in northern Mexico. The rebellion lasted from January 17 to November 6, 1840 and the Republic of the Rio Grande was never officially recognized.- Background :After a...

 to the largest inland port on the United States-Mexican Border. Today, it has four international bridges and one railway bridge
International bridges in Laredo, Texas
-Road bridges:-Proposed:-Rail bridges:-Proposed:...

. Laredo's weather is semi-arid during the summer and mild during the winter.

Laredo International Airport
Laredo International Airport
-Air cargo operators & destinations :* ABX Air * FedEx Express * UPS Airlines -Accidents and incidents:...

 is within the Laredo city limits, while the Quetzalcoatl International Airport
Quetzalcóatl International Airport
Quetzalcóatl International Airport is an international airport located in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is situated near the U.S.-Mexico border border, opposite Laredo, Texas and handles national and international air traffic for the city of Nuevo Laredo...

 is nearby in Nuevo Laredo in Mexico. The city has two professional sports teams: the Bucks
Laredo Bucks
The Laredo Bucks are an ice hockey team in the Central Hockey League. They play in Laredo, Texas, USA at the Laredo Energy Arena.-History:Arena Ventures, made up of six businessmen, teamed up with the City of Laredo to build a state-of-the-art facility for the Laredo area and South Texas...

 and Heat
Laredo Heat
Laredo Heat is an American soccer team based in Laredo, Texas, United States. Founded in 2004, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League , the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference....

. Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University, often referred to as TAMIU, is a public, co-educational, state-supported university located in Laredo, Texas...

 and Laredo Community College
Laredo Community College
The Laredo Community College, or LCC, was established as Laredo Junior College on September 28, 1947, by the Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas...

 call Laredo home. The biggest festival, Washington's Birthday Celebration
Washington's Birthday Celebration
The Washington's Birthday Celebration is an almost month long held event in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas, that celebrates George Washington's Birthday. It is the largest celebration of its kind in the United States with approximately 400,000 attendees annually...

 is held during February all month long, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists. The Jalapeño
Jalapeño
The jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper that has a warm, burning sensation when eaten. A mature jalapeño fruit is 2–3½ inches long and is commonly picked and consumed while still green, but occasionally it is allowed to fully ripen and turn crimson red...

 Festival, Stockmen's Ball, Princess Pocahontas
Pocahontas
Pocahontas was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. She was the daughter of Chief Powhatan, the head of a network of tributary tribal nations in Tidewater Virginia...

 Pageant, Mr. South Texas Luncheon, an air show, and two major parades are all held in conjunction with the Washington birthday events.

History

Timeline of Laredo, Texas
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Villa de San Agustin de Laredo was founded in 1755 by Don Tomás Sánchez
Don Tomás Sánchez
Don Tomás Sánchez de Barrera y de la Garza was a veteran Spanish Captain who founded Laredo, Texas, United States and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, at the time it was one town in the Nuevo Santander Province.-Origins:...

 while the area was part of the Nuevo Santander
Nuevo Santander
Nuevo Santander was a region of the Virreinato de Nueva España, corresponding generally to the modern Mexican state of Tamaulipas and southern Texas. Nuevo Santander was named after Santander, Spain, and settled by Spanish American colonists in a concerted settlement campaign peaking in 1748-1750...

 region in the Spanish
Spain
Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

 colony of New Spain
New Spain
New Spain, formally called the Viceroyalty of New Spain , was a viceroyalty of the Spanish colonial empire, comprising primarily territories in what was known then as 'América Septentrional' or North America. Its capital was Mexico City, formerly Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire...

. Villa de San Agustin de Laredo got its name from Laredo, Cantabria
Laredo, Cantabria
Laredo is a town in the Northern Spanish province and autonomous community of Cantabria.Located between the cities of Santander and Bilbao, Laredo is known in the region and nationally for "La Salvé", its 5 km long beach and for the historic part of town dating back to Roman times...

, Spain and in honor of Saint Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo , also known as Augustine, St. Augustine, St. Austin, St. Augoustinos, Blessed Augustine, or St. Augustine the Blessed, was Bishop of Hippo Regius . He was a Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province...

. In 1840, Laredo was the capital of the independent Republic of the Rio Grande
Republic of the Rio Grande
The Republic of the Rio Grande was an independent nation that insurgents against the Central Mexican Government sought to establish in northern Mexico. The rebellion lasted from January 17 to November 6, 1840 and the Republic of the Rio Grande was never officially recognized.- Background :After a...

, set up in opposition Antonio López de Santa Anna
Antonio López de Santa Anna
Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón , often known as Santa Anna or López de Santa Anna, known as "the Napoleon of the West," was a Mexican political leader, general, and president who greatly influenced early Mexican and Spanish politics and government...

 and brought back into Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 by military force. In 1846, during the Mexican-American War the town was occupied by the Texas Rangers
Texas Ranger Division
The Texas Ranger Division, commonly called the Texas Rangers, is a law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction in Texas, and is based in Austin, Texas...

. After the war, the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ceded the land to the United States. A referendum was taken in the town, which voted to petition the American military government in charge of the area to return the town to Mexico. This petition was rejected, and the bulk of the population moved over the river into Mexican territory to found Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo is a city located in the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The city lies on the banks of the Río Grande, across from the United States city of Laredo, Texas. The 2010 census population of the city was 373,725. Nuevo Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo...

. In 1849, the military set up Fort McIntosh
Fort McIntosh (Texas)
Fort McIntosh was a military base in Laredo, Webb County, Texas, that existed from 1849 to 1946.Fort McIntosh was established in 1849 to guard the Texas frontier at the site of a strategicriver crossing...

(originally Camp Crawford). Laredo was rechartered as a city in 1852. The city is the setting of "Streets of Laredo
Streets of Laredo (song)
"Streets of Laredo" , also known as the "Cowboy's Lament", is a famous American cowboy ballad in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one. Derived from the English folk song "The Unfortunate Lad", it has become a folk music standard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted...

", a cowboy ballad from the late 19th century.

Laredo is one of the oldest border crossing
Border Crossing
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 points along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the nation's largest inland port of entry. In 2005, Laredo celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding.

The origin of name of the original Spanish town of Laredo is unclear. Some scholars say the name stems from Glaretum which means "sandy, rocky place" others state that Laredo stems from a Basque
Basque language
Basque is the ancestral language of the Basque people, who inhabit the Basque Country, a region spanning an area in northeastern Spain and southwestern France. It is spoken by 25.7% of Basques in all territories...

 word meaning "beautiful pastures". Laredo might also stem from the latin
Latin
Latin is an Italic language originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. It, along with most European languages, is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language. Although it is considered a dead language, a number of scholars and members of the Christian clergy speak it fluently, and...

 Larida which means gull
Gull
Gulls are birds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns and only distantly related to auks, skimmers, and more distantly to the waders...

.

From 1965 to 1967, NBC aired a western
Western (genre)
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 television series called Laredo
Laredo (TV series)
Laredo is an NBC Western television series starring Neville Brand, William Smith, Peter Brown, and Philip Carey as Texas Rangers. The program premiered on September 16, 1965, and the final new episode was broadcast on April 7, 1967. The series was produced by Universal Television.-Synopsis:Laredo...

, with the actor
Actor
An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...

s Philip Carey
Philip Carey
-Biography:He was born as Eugene Joseph Carey in Hackensack, New Jersey. A former U.S. Marine, Carey was wounded as part of the ship's detachment of the USS Franklin during World War II and served again in the Korean War....

, William Smith
William Smith (actor)
William Smith is an American actor who has appeared in almost 300 feature films and television productions.Smith began his acting career at the age of 8 in 1942...

, Peter Brown
Peter Brown (actor)
Peter Brown is an American television actor known for his role as Deputy Johnny McKay opposite John Russell in the 1958 Warner Bros. western series Lawman.-Early life:...

, and Neville Brand
Neville Brand
Neville Brand was an American television and movie actor.-Early life:Neville Brand was born in Illinois. He was born to Leo and Helen Brand as one of seven children. Leo, was an electrician and bridge building steel worker in Detroit, where Neville was raised...

. A spinoff
Spin-off (media)
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 of The Virginian
The Virginian (TV series)
The Virginian is an American Western television series starring James Drury and Doug McClure, which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. Filmed in color, The Virginian became television's first 90-minute western series...

, Laredo focuses on Texas Rangers
Texas Ranger Division
The Texas Ranger Division, commonly called the Texas Rangers, is a law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction in Texas, and is based in Austin, Texas...

 in the border country. In 1958, ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

 aired the episode "Ambush in Laredo" of the miniseries
Miniseries
A miniseries , in a serial storytelling medium, is a television show production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. The exact number is open to interpretation; however, they are usually limited to fewer than a whole season. The term "miniseries" is generally a North American term...

, Texas John Slaughter
Texas John Slaughter (TV series)
Texas John Slaughter was a television series run from 1958 to 1961 as part of the Wonderful World of Disney, starring Tom Tryon in the title role. The character was based upon an actual historical figure, Texas Ranger John Slaughter. Tryon memorably wore an enormous white cowboy hat with the brim...

starring Tom Tryon
Tom Tryon
Tom Tryon was an American film and television actor, best known for playing the title role in the film The Cardinal and the Walt Disney television character Texas John Slaughter...

, with Chris Alcaide
Chris Alcaide
Christopher "Chris" Alcaide was an American actor particularly known for his role in television westerns. He surfaced to national attention as Deputy Joshua Tate in the 1956 film Gunslinger, co-starring Beverly Garland as a woman marshal.In 2003, Alcaide was among recipients, including the Sons of...

 and Judson Pratt
Judson Pratt
Judson Pratt was an American actor whose longest continuing work was in thirteen episodes of ABC's Walt Disney Presents and NBC's Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. A native of Hingham in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Pratt appeared in numerous television westerns and drama series from...

, broadcast as part of Walt Disney Presents.

Geography

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

Location

Laredo is located on the west end of the Rio Grande Plains, south of the Edwards Plateau, west of the Coastal Plains, and east of the Mexican Mountains. The area consists of a few hills and flat land covered with grass, oak, and mesquite.

Bodies of water

Notable geographic features are the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico – United States border. Its length varies as its course changes...

 and Chacon Creek
Chacon Creek
Chacon Creek is a small stream of water located in Webb County, Texas which runs through Laredo, Texas. The creek is formed 6 miles from Webb, Texas and runs southwest for 20 miles until the creek connects to the Rio Grande. Chacon was dammed in 1951 in east Laredo to form Lake Casa Blanca, a 1,680...

's man-made reservoir,
Lake Casa Blanca
Lake Casa Blanca
Lake Casa Blanca is a reservoir on the Chacon Creek, 5 miles northeast of downtown Laredo, Texas, United States. The reservoir was formed in 1951 by the construction of a dam to provide recreational opportunities for the residents of Webb County...

, in Lake Casa Blanca International State Park. The lake
Lake
A lake is a body of relatively still fresh or salt water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land. Lakes are inland and not part of the ocean and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are larger and deeper than ponds. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams,...

 is 371 acres (1.5 km²) of land and 1650 acres (7 km²) of water. There are six major creeks Chacon Creek
Chacon Creek
Chacon Creek is a small stream of water located in Webb County, Texas which runs through Laredo, Texas. The creek is formed 6 miles from Webb, Texas and runs southwest for 20 miles until the creek connects to the Rio Grande. Chacon was dammed in 1951 in east Laredo to form Lake Casa Blanca, a 1,680...

, San Ildefonso Creek
San Ildefonso Creek
San Idelfonso Creek is a small stream of water located in Webb County, Texas which runs through Laredo, Texas. The creek is formed within east Laredo and runs southwest for 8 miles until connecting to the Rio Grande. San Ildefonso Creek was dammed in east Laredo to form San Ildefonso Creek Lake,...

, San Ygnacio Creek
San Ygnacio Creek
San Ygnacio Creek is a small stream of water located in Webb County, Texas which runs through Laredo, Texas. The creek is formed 11 miles northwest of Laredo, Texas and runs southwest for until the creek connects to the Lake Casa Blanca. The terrain surrounding the creek is mostly clay. The...

, Santa Isabel Creek
Santa Isabel Creek
Santa Isabel Creek is a small stream of water located in Webb County, Texas which runs through Laredo, Texas. The creek is formed 32 miles from Callaghan, Texas and runs southwest for until the creek connects to the Rio Grande. The terrain surrounding the creek is mostly clay. The vegetation...

, Sombrerillito Creek
Sombrerillito Creek
Sombrerillito Creek is a small stream of water located in Webb County, Texas which runs through Laredo, Texas. The creek is formed 13 miles north of Laredo and runs southwest for 16 miles until connecting to the Rio Grande. Sombrerillito Creek was dammed in northwest Laredo to form Sombrerillito...

, and Zacate Creek
Zacate Creek
Zacate Creek is a small stream of water located in Webb County, Texas which runs through Laredo, Texas. The creek is formed inside Laredo, Texas city limits and runs southwest for 10 miles until it connects to the Rio Grande. Zacate Creek has several ditches leading to it. The terrain surrounding...

, all of which drain into the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico – United States border. Its length varies as its course changes...

. There are several man made reservoirs including the San Ildefonso Creek Lake (second largest reservoir), and the Sombrerillito Creek Lake (third largest reservoir).

Climate

Laredo's climate is considered to be hot semi-arid (Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
The Köppen climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems. It was first published by Crimea German climatologist Wladimir Köppen in 1884, with several later modifications by Köppen himself, notably in 1918 and 1936...

 BSh). Its weather is affected by the Sierra Madre Oriental
Sierra Madre Oriental
The Sierra Madre Oriental is a mountain range in northeastern Mexico.-Setting:Spanning the Sierra Madre Oriental runs from Coahuila south through Nuevo León, southwest Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, and Hidalgo to northern Puebla, where it joins with the east-west running Eje Volcánico...

 mountains to the west, the Gulf of Mexico to the east, and the Chihuahuan Desert
Chihuahuan Desert
The Chihuahuan Desert is a desert, and an ecoregion designation, that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border in the central and northern portions of the Mexican Plateau, bordered on the west by the extensive Sierra Madre Occidental range, and overlaying northern portions of the east range, the Sierra...

 of Northern Mexico. Moisture from the Pacific
Pacific Ocean
The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south, bounded by Asia and Australia in the west, and the Americas in the east.At 165.2 million square kilometres in area, this largest division of the World...

 is cut off by the Mexican mountain range. Because of its geographic location, Laredo's weather can range from long periods of heat to sudden, violent storms in a short period of time. Laredo winters are cold by south Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

 standards: with average daytime highs of approximately 66 °F (19 C) and average overnight lows of 43 °F (6 C). Although snow fall is not prevalent in Laredo, it was experienced on Christmas
Christmas
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday generally celebrated on December 25 by billions of people around the world. It is a Christian feast that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, liturgically closing the Advent season and initiating the season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days...

 morning in 2004.

Laredo experiences an average high temperature of about 101 °F (38 C), and an average low of about 75 °F (24 C) during summer, and 22 inches (558.8 mm) of rain per year. As Laredo sometimes undergoes drought
Drought
A drought is an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply. Generally, this occurs when a region receives consistently below average precipitation. It can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected region...

, a water conservation
Water conservation
Water conservation refers to reducing the usage of water and recycling of waste water for different purposes such as cleaning, manufacturing, and agricultural irrigation.- Water conservation :Water conservation can be defined as:...

 ordinance
Law
Law is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior, wherever possible. It shapes politics, economics and society in numerous ways and serves as a social mediator of relations between people. Contract law regulates everything from buying a bus...

 was implemented in 2003.

Demographics

As of 2010 Laredo is the 81st most populous city in the United States and the 10th largest in Texas. According to the 2010 census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

there were 236,091 inhabitants in the city.

The vast majority of Laredo's population is of Hispanic origin.

At the 2010 Census, 3.4% of the population was non-Hispanic White, 0.2% non-Hispanic Black or African American, 0.6% non-Hispanic Asian, 0.1% from some other race (non-Hispanic) and 0.1% of two or more races (non-Hispanic). 95.6% of Laredo's population was of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (they may be of any race).
In the 2005 estimate there were 99,675 males and 108,112 females. The average household contained 3.69 occupants. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 2,250.5 people per square mile (868.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 179,887 or 86.6% White (most of them White Hispanic and Latino Americans
White Hispanic and Latino Americans
White Hispanic and Latino Americans are citizens and residents of the United States who are racially White and ethnically Hispanic or Latino.White American, itself an official U.S...

), 1,012 or 0.5% African American, 599 or 0.3% Native American, 779 or 0.4% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 23,932 or 11.5% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 1,578 or 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino origin of any ethnicity accounts for 197,198 or 94.9% of the population.

There were a total of 60,816 households, of which 56,247 or 92.5% were occupied: 33,832 were owner occupied units and 22,415 were renter occupied units. 62.0% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.7% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.69 and the average family size was 4.18

The city's population is 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,019, and the median income for a family was $32,577. The per capita income for the city was $12,269. 29.2% of families were below the poverty line.

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, at a 2000 census
United States Census, 2000
The Twenty-second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13.2% over the 248,709,873 persons enumerated during the 1990 Census...

, Laredo was the second fastest growing city in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, (Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada and is also the county seat of Clark County, Nevada. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous...

, Nevada
Nevada
Nevada is a state in the western, mountain west, and southwestern regions of the United States. With an area of and a population of about 2.7 million, it is the 7th-largest and 35th-most populous state. Over two-thirds of Nevada's people live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which contains its...

, having been first).

Municipal government

Laredo's municipal government is a strong city council – weak mayor system. The mayor presides over the eight-member city council, but he/she may only vote to break a tie. City Council elections are based on single-member districts and campaigns have no party affiliations. Nominally nonpartisan
Nonpartisan
In political science, nonpartisan denotes an election, event, organization or person in which there is no formally declared association with a political party affiliation....

 municipal elections are now held in November (formerly in May) of even-numbered years. The municipal government is administered by the city manager hired by the city council. All city elected offices have a four-year term and are nonpartisan
Nonpartisan
In political science, nonpartisan denotes an election, event, organization or person in which there is no formally declared association with a political party affiliation....

 though most officials have a party preference or affiliation, heavily Democratic
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

. City council meetings are held on Mondays and can be viewed on the Public-access television
Public-access television
Public-access television is a form of non-commercial mass media where ordinary people can create content television programming which is cablecast through cable TV specialty channels...

 cable TV channel or live online at Public Access Channel live stream. The current mayor, Democrat Raul G. Salinas
Raul G. Salinas
Raúl González Salinas is a private security consultant, a businessman, and a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was first elected mayor of Laredo, Texas, on June 17, 2006...

, was elected in 2006 to succeed his fellow term-limited Democrat, Betty Flores
Betty Flores
Elizabeth Garcia Flores, better known as Betty Flores , is a businesswoman who was the first female mayor of Laredo, Texas. She served a brief unexpired mayoral term followed by two four-year terms from 1998-2006...

. In his bid for a second term, Salinas defeated then city councilmen Jose A. Valdez, Jr., and Gene Belmares in the 2010 elections.

State and federal representation

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is a department of the government of the state of Texas. The TDCJ is responsible for statewide criminal justice for adult offenders, including managing offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities, funding and certain...

 (TDCJ) operates the Laredo Parole Office in Laredo.

The U.S. District Court is based downtown in a relatively new building next to the Webb County Courthouse. The United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States...

 operates its main Post Office at 2700 East Saunders Street south of Laredo International Airport
Laredo International Airport
-Air cargo operators & destinations :* ABX Air * FedEx Express * UPS Airlines -Accidents and incidents:...

. Postal branches are located downtown and at 2395 East Del Mar Boulevard.

Elementary and secondary

Laredo is served by two school districts, the Laredo Independent School District
Laredo Independent School District
Laredo Independent School District is a public school district based in Laredo, Texas . The district serves the south central portion of Laredo.In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency....

 and the United Independent School District
United Independent School District
United Independent School District is a school district headquartered in Laredo, Texas, United States.UISD serves portions of the city of Laredo, the cities of El Cenizo and Rio Bravo, and several unincorporated areas in Webb County...

, as well as eight private school
Private school
Private schools, also known as independent schools or nonstate schools, are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students' tuition, rather than relying on mandatory...

s.

The Laredo Independent School District (LISD) serves the areas in central Laredo. The LISD high schools are Cigarroa High School
Cigarroa High School
Dr. Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa High School is a high school located in Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, Texas. Grades 9th through 12th grade are taught there. It serves students living in south Laredo. The school's namesake was a local medical doctor.-Magnet School:Cigarroa High...

, Martin High School
Martin High School (Laredo, Texas)
Raymond & Tirza Martin High School, known as Martin High School, is a secondary institution of learning located in the Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, Texas. Grades 9th through 12th are taught there. It serves students living in central Laredo...

, J. W. Nixon High School
J. W. Nixon High School
J.W. Nixon High School is a public high school located in Laredo, Texas and is part of the Laredo Independent School District. The school was built in 1964, as the second high school in the city of Laredo....

 and the Laredo Early College High School
Early College High School
The Early College High School Initiative provides students the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and an Associate degree or up to two years of college credit...

. LISD also contains three magnet schools
Magnet
A magnet is a material or object that produces a magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is responsible for the most notable property of a magnet: a force that pulls on other ferromagnetic materials, such as iron, and attracts or repels other magnets.A permanent magnet is an object...

: Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School
Martin High School (Laredo, Texas)
Raymond & Tirza Martin High School, known as Martin High School, is a secondary institution of learning located in the Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, Texas. Grades 9th through 12th are taught there. It serves students living in central Laredo...

, LISD Magnet for Engineering and Technology Education
Cigarroa High School
Dr. Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa High School is a high school located in Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, Texas. Grades 9th through 12th grade are taught there. It serves students living in south Laredo. The school's namesake was a local medical doctor.-Magnet School:Cigarroa High...

, and Vidal M. Trevino
Vidal M. Treviño
Vidal Manuel Treviño was a longtime educator and a Democratic political powerhouse in Laredo, Texas, who served as the Laredo Independent School District superintendent between 1973 and 1995...

 School of Communications and Fine Arts.

The United Independent School District serves the rest of Laredo and northern Webb County. The UISD high schools are John B. Alexander High School
John B. Alexander High School
John B. Alexander High School is a secondary school in Laredo, Texas and a part of the United Independent School District. The mascot for Alexander High School is a Bulldog. The high school was established in 1994 to alleviate overcrowding at United High School in northern sector of Laredo. The...

, Lyndon B. Johnson High School
Lyndon B. Johnson High School (Laredo, Texas)
Lyndon B. Johnson High School is a secondary school located in Laredo, Texas, United States. L.B.Johnson is a part of the United Independent School District, and it serves a portion of south Laredo and the neighboring cities of El Cenizo and Rio Bravo....

, United High School
United High School (Texas)
United High School is a public high school located in the northern portion of Laredo, Texas and is a part of the United Independent School District. Enrollment at United High School is 3,600. A new campus opened on August 24, 2009 for the 2009-2010 school year to alleviate overcrowding at the...

, and United South High School
United South High School
United South High School is a high school located in the southern portion of Laredo, Texas and is a part of the United Independent School District.- The Academy :...

. UISD has three magnet schools: John B. Alexander Health Science Magnet
John B. Alexander High School
John B. Alexander High School is a secondary school in Laredo, Texas and a part of the United Independent School District. The mascot for Alexander High School is a Bulldog. The high school was established in 1994 to alleviate overcrowding at United High School in northern sector of Laredo. The...

, United Engineering Magnet
United High School (Texas)
United High School is a public high school located in the northern portion of Laredo, Texas and is a part of the United Independent School District. Enrollment at United High School is 3,600. A new campus opened on August 24, 2009 for the 2009-2010 school year to alleviate overcrowding at the...

, and the United South Business Magnet
United South High School
United South High School is a high school located in the southern portion of Laredo, Texas and is a part of the United Independent School District.- The Academy :...

. There are thirty-nine schools within UISD and more are under construction and/or in the development stage. United ISD is one of the fastest growing districts in the state, serving almost forty thousand students and covering an area the physical size of Rhode Island
Rhode Island
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.

The city is also served by eight private schools:
  • Saint Augustine High School
    Saint Augustine High School (Laredo, Texas)
    Saint Augustine High School is a Catholic Diocesan co-educational private high school located in Laredo, Texas. Grades 8th through 12th grade are taught in a Christian environment. St. Augustine is the only Catholic high school in Laredo. There are approximately 650 students attending St....

    , Catholic school
    Catholic school
    Catholic schools are maintained parochial schools or education ministries of the Catholic Church. the Church operates the world's largest non-governmental school system...

    , 9th-12th
  • Laredo Christian Academy
    Laredo Christian Academy
    Laredo Christian Academy is an Assemblies of God private school, located in Laredo, Texas. Grades PK through 12th are taught in the academy. In 2007 there were 162 students attending Laredo Christian Academy.-External links:*...

    , Assemblies of God
    Assemblies of God
    The Assemblies of God , officially the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, is a group of over 140 autonomous but loosely-associated national groupings of churches which together form the world's largest Pentecostal denomination...

    , Grades PK–12th
  • United Day School
    United Day School
    United Day School is a nonsectarian co-educational private elementary and middle, located in Laredo, Texas. Grades PK through 8th are taught in the academy. In 2007 there were 300 students attending the school...

    , nonpartisan
    Nonpartisan
    In political science, nonpartisan denotes an election, event, organization or person in which there is no formally declared association with a political party affiliation....

    , PK-8th
  • Mary Help of Christians School
    Mary Help of Christians School
    Mary Help of Christians School is a Catholic co-educational private elementary and middle school, located in Laredo, Texas. Grades PK through 8th are taught in the academy. In 2007 there were 673 students attending Mary Help of Christians...

    , Catholic school, PK-8th
  • Blessed Sacrament School
    Blessed Sacrament School (Laredo, Texas)
    Blessed Sacrament School is a Catholic co-educational private elementary and middle school, located in Laredo, Texas. Grades PK through 6th are taught in the school. In 2007 there were 146 students attending Blessed Sacrament School.-External links:*...

    , Catholic school, PK-7th
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe School
    Our Lady of Guadalupe School
    Our Lady of Guadalupe School is a Catholic co-educational private elementary school, located in Laredo, Texas. Grades PK through 6th are taught in the school. In 2007 there were 149 students attending Our Lady of Guadalupe School.-External links:*...

    , Catholic school, PK-6th
  • St. Peter Memorial School
    St. Peter Memorial School
    Saint Peter Memorial School is a Catholic co-educational private elementary school, located in Laredo, Texas. Grades PK through 6th are taught in the school. In 2007 there were 142 students attending Saint Peter Memorial School.-External links:*...

    , Catholic school, PK-6th
  • Saint Augustine School
    Saint Augustine School (Laredo, Texas)
    St. Augustine School is a school in Laredo, Texas, USA; located on 1300 Galveston Street. A new building was recently built for grades 6–8, increasing to an enrollment of 485+....

    , Catholic school, now elementary and middle, PK-8th, established 1928, enrollment 485 (2008)
  • Ursuline Academy, Catholic school established 1868

Colleges and universities

Laredo is home to Laredo Community College
Laredo Community College
The Laredo Community College, or LCC, was established as Laredo Junior College on September 28, 1947, by the Laredo Independent School District in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas...

 and Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University, often referred to as TAMIU, is a public, co-educational, state-supported university located in Laredo, Texas...

 (TAMIU). The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an institute of health science education and research, located in the South Texas Medical Center....

 has a campus in Laredo.

The Laredo Community College is a two-campus institution which offers two-year Associates Degrees. The main campus is located in west Laredo near the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico – United States border. Its length varies as its course changes...

. The smaller but newer second campus, Laredo Community College South Campus
Laredo Community College South Campus
The Laredo Community College South Campus, located at 5500 South Zapata Highway , was established to extend the Laredo Community College mission to the growing residential area of south Laredo. More than 80 percent of voters approved a $50 million bond issue to construct the campus which was...

, is located in south Laredo along United States Highway 83. The main campus is located at the western end of downtown Laredo on the land formerly known as Fort McIntosh. This fort played a major role in the development of Laredo as it served to protect Laredo's border from Indian raids in its early history. Several of the fort's old buildings were converted into classrooms, and then into nightclubs.

The Texas A&M International University is a 4/6 year university that offers Bachelors
Bachelor's degree
A bachelor's degree is usually an academic degree awarded for an undergraduate course or major that generally lasts for three or four years, but can range anywhere from two to six years depending on the region of the world...

 and Master's Degrees. On April 22, 2004, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin, Texas provided its approval for Texas A&M International University to grant its first Ph.D.
Ph.D.
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 in International Business Administration. TAMIU’s College of Business Administration has been named an outstanding business school in "The Princeton Review’s" “Best 282 Business Schools,” 2007 Edition, and ranked third in the nation for the category: “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.” The university's campus is located in Northeast Laredo along Loop 20
Texas State Highway Loop 20
Loop 20, also known as the Bob Bullock Loop and Cuatro Vientos Road, is a highway loop that runs to the north and east of the city of Laredo, Texas. Loop 20 extends from the World Trade International Bridge at its northern point to Mangana-Hein Road at its southern point...

. The university was once an extension of Texas A&I-Kingsville and later changed to Laredo State University. Prior to its current location along Loop 20, the university was housed on Laredo Community College's downtown campus grounds.

The University of Texas Health Science Center campus is located in East Laredo near U.S. Highway 59 and the Laredo Medical Center. The campus is an extension university from UTHSC in San Antonio, Texas. The university offers Doctoral Degrees in the medical and dental fields.

Economy

Laredo has four South Texas
South Texas
South Texas is a region of the U.S. state of Texas that lies roughly south of and including San Antonio. The southern and western boundary is the Rio Grande River, and to the east it is the Gulf of Mexico. The population of this region is about 3.7 million. The southern portion of this region is...

 banking institutions Falcon International Bank
Falcon International Bank
Falcon International Bank is a Texas community bank founded in 1986 and headquartered in Laredo, Texas. Falcon's current owners, the Gutierrez family, acquired the bank in 1995. The institution has since grown from a staff of 20 employees and $52 million in assets to nearly 400 employees and more...

, International Bank of Commerce
International Bank of Commerce
International Bank of Commerce is a state chartered bank owned by International Bancshares Corporation headquartered in Laredo, Texas . It is one of the largest banks based in Texas, and is the 90th largest U.S. bank by asset size. In addition, IBC is the largest minority-owned bank in the United...

, BBVA Compass, and Texas Community Bank. As a result of Laredo's location in North America
North America
North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas...

, Interstate Highway 35 / Mexican Federal Highway 85
Mexican Federal Highway 85
Mexico's Federal Highway 85 connects Mexico City with the U.S. border at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. It is the original route of the Inter-American Highway. Highway 85 runs through Monterrey, Nuevo León; Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas; Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí; and Pachuca, Hidalgo...

, the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement
The North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA is an agreement signed by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. The agreement came into force on January 1, 1994. It superseded the Canada – United States Free Trade Agreement...

 (NAFTA), dozens of twin assembly plants
Maquiladora
A maquiladora or maquila is a concept often referred to as an operation that involves manufacturing in a country that is not the client's and as such has an interesting duty or tariff treatment...

, and dozens of import export agencies to expedite trade, Laredo is the largest inland port in the United States, and Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo is a city located in the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The city lies on the banks of the Río Grande, across from the United States city of Laredo, Texas. The 2010 census population of the city was 373,725. Nuevo Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo...

 the largest in Latin America
Latin America
Latin America is a region of the Americas where Romance languages  – particularly Spanish and Portuguese, and variably French – are primarily spoken. Latin America has an area of approximately 21,069,500 km² , almost 3.9% of the Earth's surface or 14.1% of its land surface area...

. Laredo is a shopping destination for Mexican shoppers from Northern Mexico.

Trade

More than 47 percent of United States international trade headed for Mexico and more than 36 percent of Mexican international trade crosses through the Laredo port of entry. Laredo's economy and lifestyle revolves around commercial and industrial warehousing, import, and export. As a major player of international trade, Laredo benefited from the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The city's Laredo International Airport
Laredo International Airport
-Air cargo operators & destinations :* ABX Air * FedEx Express * UPS Airlines -Accidents and incidents:...

 has non-stop flights to Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, and the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of . Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of , which is the ...

, Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States...

, Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada and is also the county seat of Clark County, Nevada. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous...

 and seasonal non-stop flights to Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Orlando is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Orange County, and the center of the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. According to the 2010 US Census, the city had a population of 238,300, making Orlando the 79th largest city in the United States...

. The Laredo port of entry consists of five international bridges
International bridges in Laredo, Texas
-Road bridges:-Proposed:-Rail bridges:-Proposed:...

 crossing the Rio Grande into the Mexican states of Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Tamaulipas is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided in 43 municipalities and its capital city is Ciudad Victoria. The capital city was named after Guadalupe Victoria, the...

 and Nuevo Leon
Nuevo León
Nuevo León It is located in Northeastern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Tamaulipas to the north and east, San Luis Potosí to the south, and Coahuila to the west. To the north, Nuevo León has a 15 kilometer stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border adjacent to the U.S...

.

Retail sales

Retail sales attracts shoppers from Northern Mexico and South Texas. There are 2 indoor shopping malls located in the area and dozens of shopping centers. The Streets of Laredo Urban Mall is an association created by businesses on Iturbide Street in the San Agustin historical district to beautify and renovate the area.
  • Mall Del Norte
    Mall del Norte
    Mall del Norte is a super regional shopping mall in Laredo, Texas. The mall opened in 1977 and has since been renovated in 1991, 1993 , and 2007. It is located along Interstate 35 in the city's rapidly growing retail hub of town...

     1198199 sq ft (111,316.3 m²)
  • El Portal Mall 380000 sq ft (35,303.2 m²)
  • Streets of Laredo Urban Mall

Labor market information

As of October 2007, Laredo's labor market was in the following industries by percentage of number employed: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (32%), Information (1%), Financial Activity (5%), Professional and Business Services (6%), Education and Health Services (15%), Leisure and Hospitality (10%), Government (23%), Mining and Construction (5%), Manufacturing (2%), and Other Services (2%).

Laredo has increased the number of non-agricultural jobs from 55,100 in January 1996 to 86,600 in October 2007. Laredo has experienced a higher job growth rate (2%-6.5%) than the state as a whole because of expanded international trade through the North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement
The North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA is an agreement signed by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. The agreement came into force on January 1, 1994. It superseded the Canada – United States Free Trade Agreement...

. In 2007, Laredo experienced a job growth rate of 2.5%. As of October 2007, the Laredo unemployment rate was 4.1% or 3,700 unemployed persons as compared to 3.9% in Texas statewide. This is a significant drop since the mid-1990s when Laredo's unemployment was over 15%.

Laredo has had positive job market growth since the mid-1990s
1990s
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, setbacks in the Mining (oil/gas) industry shifted a few thousand workers to other industries such as international trade and construction. Many large employers in the oil and gas industries shut down operations in Laredo and across Texas and shifted to foreign countries. The same effect occurred in the garment industry (Levis and Haggar) along the Texas border area, but Laredo experienced the closing of the one and only garment-producing company (Barry) of about 300 workers. Laredo's strong job growth rate in retail and transportation services limited the adverse effects of long-term unemployment in the few massive layoffs of the late 1990s. Laredo's vulnerability continue to exist in international trade due to unforeseen changes to Mexico's economy, immigration laws (along with daily border crossings: shoppers and commercial trade) and terrorism as the result of September 11.

Annual festivals

The Washington's Birthday Celebration
Washington's Birthday Celebration
The Washington's Birthday Celebration is an almost month long held event in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas, that celebrates George Washington's Birthday. It is the largest celebration of its kind in the United States with approximately 400,000 attendees annually...

 (WBCA) is a month long event that celebrates George Washington's Birthday. It was founded in 1898 by the Improved Order of the Red Men, local chapter Yaqui Tribe #59. It is the largest celebration of its kind in the United States, with 400,000 attendees annually. The first celebration was a success, and its popularity grew rapidly; in 1923 it received its state charter
Charter
A charter is the grant of authority or rights, stating that the granter formally recognizes the prerogative of the recipient to exercise the rights specified...

. In 1924, the Celebration featured its first Colonial Pageant, which featured 13 young girls from Laredo, representing the 13 original colonies. The celebration includes parades, a carnival, an air show, fireworks, live concerts, and a city-wide prom
Prom
In the United States and Canada, a prom, short for promenade, is a formal dance, or gathering of high school students. It is typically held near the end of the senior year. It figures greatly in popular culture and is a major event among high school students...

 during which many of Laredo's elite dress in very formal attire. The related Jalapeño
Jalapeño
The jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper that has a warm, burning sensation when eaten. A mature jalapeño fruit is 2–3½ inches long and is commonly picked and consumed while still green, but occasionally it is allowed to fully ripen and turn crimson red...

 Festival is one of the United States' top 10 eating festivals.

Jamboozie is held in late January in downtown Laredo as part of the Washington Birthday Celebrations. Similar to New Orleans' Mardi Gras, the Jamboozie is a colorful event, with many people dressed in beads, masks, and flamboyant outfits.

Recreational

The area around the Laredo Energy Arena has experienced substantial growth in recent years. Besides new housing developments, the area includes Hal's Landing, a restaurant/arcade that serves as a popular nightspot on the weekends. Also in the area are a few other bars/clubs, and an upscale gym. In development next to the Laredo Energy Arena is a new baseball field that will house the Laredo Broncos.

Around the Springfield area, several restaurant/bars have set up residence. Some of these places include Agave Azul, Cosmos, Old No.2, and Lima Sol. This area has proven to be especially popular with the college crowd.

Lake Casa Blanca

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Lake Casa Blanca
Lake Casa Blanca is a reservoir on the Chacon Creek, 5 miles northeast of downtown Laredo, Texas, United States. The reservoir was formed in 1951 by the construction of a dam to provide recreational opportunities for the residents of Webb County...

, located on Loop 20, contains a 1680 acres (7 km²) artificial lake along with cooking out, camping
Camping
Camping is an outdoor recreational activity. The participants leave urban areas, their home region, or civilization and enjoy nature while spending one or several nights outdoors, usually at a campsite. Camping may involve the use of a tent, caravan, motorhome, cabin, a primitive structure, or no...

, picnicking, lake swimming, skiing
Skiing
Skiing is a recreational activity using skis as equipment for traveling over snow. Skis are used in conjunction with boots that connect to the ski with use of a binding....

, boating
Boating
Boating is the leisurely activity of travelling by boat, or the recreational use of a boat whether powerboats, sailboats, or man-powered vessels , focused on the travel itself, as well as sports activities, such as fishing or water skiing...

, and mountain biking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking is a sport which consists of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially adapted mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.Mountain biking can...

. The most popular recreational use of the lake is fishing
Fishing
Fishing is the activity of trying to catch wild fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping....

. A boat ramp and fishing pier is available on the eastern side of the lake. The lake is a popular destination for winter Texans. The park was operated by the City of Laredo and Webb County before it was acquired by the state in 1990 and opened in March 1991.

Golf

Laredo has two 18-hole golf courses: the Laredo Country Club and the Casa Blanca Golf Course. The Laredo Country Club is an 18-hole private course that features 7125 yards (6,515.1 m) of golf. The golf course has a rating of 74.6, a slope rating
Slope rating
The slope rating of a golf course is a measure of its difficulty for bogey golfers. The term comes from the fact that when playing on more difficult courses, players' scores will rise more quickly than their handicaps would predict. The "slope rating" of a course thus predicts that rise...

 of 133, and has a par
Par (score)
The word "par" is a term in the game of golf used to denote the pre-determined number of strokes that a scratch golfer should require to complete a hole, a round , or a tournament...

 of 72. The country club
Country club
A country club is a private club, often with a closed membership, that typically offers a variety of recreational sports facilities and is located in city outskirts or rural areas. Activities may include, for example, any of golf, tennis, swimming or polo...

 was designed by Joseph S. Finger and was opened in 1983. The Casa Blanca Golf Course is an 18-hole course that features 6590 yards (6,025.9 m) of golf. The golf course has a rating of 72.5, a slope rating
Slope rating
The slope rating of a golf course is a measure of its difficulty for bogey golfers. The term comes from the fact that when playing on more difficult courses, players' scores will rise more quickly than their handicaps would predict. The "slope rating" of a course thus predicts that rise...

 of 125, and has a par
Par (score)
The word "par" is a term in the game of golf used to denote the pre-determined number of strokes that a scratch golfer should require to complete a hole, a round , or a tournament...

 of 72. The golf course
Golf course
A golf course comprises a series of holes, each consisting of a teeing ground, fairway, rough and other hazards, and a green with a flagstick and cup, all designed for the game of golf. A standard round of golf consists of playing 18 holes, thus most golf courses have this number of holes...

 was designed by Leon Howard and was opened in 1967.

Parks, recreational centers, plazas, and baseball fields

The City of Laredo owns eight recreational centers, thirty-four developed parks, twenty-two undeveloped parks or under construction, five baseball fields, and four plazas. The parks total area is 618 acres (2.5 km²).

In the November 4, 2008, general election, voters approved by a 61-39 percent margin construction of a new baseball stadium to be built adjacent to the Laredo Energy Arena. Funding will be derived from a sports venue fund established through a .25 percent municipal sales tax. In 2009, the fund had some $15 million in reserve.
David B. Barkley Plaza

A memorial honoring the forty-one Hispanic soldier
Soldier
A soldier is a member of the land component of national armed forces; whereas a soldier hired for service in a foreign army would be termed a mercenary...

s who have received the Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her...

 was built in Laredo, Texas in 2002. The plaza was named after the only Laredo Medal of Honor recipient David B. Barkley
David B. Barkley
David Bennes Barkley , often spelled Barkeley, was a United States Army private who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during World War I in France...

. The David B. Barkley Plaza has a bronze statue of David B. Barkley and an American flag measuring 100 ft by 50 ft and is 308 ft tall making it the tallest flagpole in the United States. The memorial is located at 27°30′22"N 99°30′8"W.

Museums

Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum
Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum
Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum is located in the downtown San Agustin Historical District in Laredo, Texas, USA, next to the historic La Posada Hotel, previously the site of the former Laredo High School...

is located in the downtown historical district next to the historical La Posada Hotel. It was once the Republic of the Rio Grande
Republic of the Rio Grande
The Republic of the Rio Grande was an independent nation that insurgents against the Central Mexican Government sought to establish in northern Mexico. The rebellion lasted from January 17 to November 6, 1840 and the Republic of the Rio Grande was never officially recognized.- Background :After a...

 Capitol building now showcases memorabilia from the short lived Republic of the Rio Grande. It displays pictures, books, and furniture from the 19th century Laredo area. It offers guided tours for school age children and adults year-round. Because of this Republic, Laredo had flown seven flags instead of the traditional Six Flags over Texas.

The Laredo Center for the Arts is located in downtown Laredo. The building houses three galleries: the Goodman Gallery, the Laredo Art League Gallery and the Lilia G. Martinez Gallery. The Center for the Arts, located in the former City Hall offices known as "The Mercado," displays regional artwork and provides community events for children and adults. The Laredo Little Theater provides Laredo with live stage performances. The theater also hosts comedians.

Imaginarium of South Texas (formerly Laredo Children's Museum), located in Mall del Norte, provides a hands-on experience with science, technology, and art for Laredo's youth. A second museum is planned on the Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University, often referred to as TAMIU, is a public, co-educational, state-supported university located in Laredo, Texas...

 campus.

The Nuevo Santander Museum Complex comprises restored buildings of Fort McIntosh
Fort McIntosh (Texas)
Fort McIntosh was a military base in Laredo, Webb County, Texas, that existed from 1849 to 1946.Fort McIntosh was established in 1849 to guard the Texas frontier at the site of a strategicriver crossing...

, a historical collection of photographs of the fort, the main guardhouse, which contains World War I (1914–1918) memorabilia, and a science and technology museum.

Planetarium

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center Planetarium is located on the Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University, often referred to as TAMIU, is a public, co-educational, state-supported university located in Laredo, Texas...

 campus. The Planetarium surrounds audiences in a dome with an accurate image of the night sky showing all the motions and cycles of the Sun
Sun
The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields...

, Moon
Moon
The Moon is Earth's only known natural satellite,There are a number of near-Earth asteroids including 3753 Cruithne that are co-orbital with Earth: their orbits bring them close to Earth for periods of time but then alter in the long term . These are quasi-satellites and not true moons. For more...

, planets, and constellations in the sky.

Library

The Laredo Public Library was first housed on the second floor of the City Hall, now known as the Market Hall, in 1916. In 1974, the Laredo Public Library moved to the historic Bruni Plaza in downtown Laredo. In 1993, the citizens of Laredo approved the construction of a new main library, which opened its doors on February 1, 1998. The Laredo Public Library has a 60000 sq ft (5,574.2 m²). main library and two branches. The main library is located in central Laredo; the Bruni Plaza Branch is located downtown east of Washington Street, and the Santo Niño Branch is located in south Laredo.

Music

Laredo is a city that has been the subject of many songs in popular culture. One of the most popular songs being the Streets of Laredo
Streets of Laredo (song)
"Streets of Laredo" , also known as the "Cowboy's Lament", is a famous American cowboy ballad in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one. Derived from the English folk song "The Unfortunate Lad", it has become a folk music standard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted...

. The song has been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
John R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century...

, Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins
Martin David Robinson , known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist...

, Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing at eight. He began performing at twelve, on KVOW radio. Jennings formed a band The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J on KVOW, KDAV and KLLL...

 and Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye , was an American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain...

.

Another popular song is Laredo
Laredo (Chris Cagle song)
"Laredo" is a song written and recorded by country music artist Chris Cagle. It is the second single released from his 2000 debut album Play It Loud. It peaked at #8 on the Hot Country Songs chart.-Content:...

by country music star Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle is an American country music artist. Signed with Virgin Records Nashville in 2000, Cagle made his debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts with the single "My Love Goes On and On", the first single from his debut album Play It Loud...

. In the song, Cagle sings about the city of Laredo having a positive influence on his significant other. He relies on this influence to prevent his significant other from leaving town and encouraging her to return to him.

Top of the charts in 1978 in several Countries in Europe: Baccara
Baccara
Baccara was a female vocal duo formed in 1977 by Spanish artists Mayte Mateos and María Mendiola . The pair rapidly achieved international success with their debut single "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie", which reached number one across much of Europe...

 with: "The Devil Sent You to Lorado". Baccara still sings the song in 2011!

Nightlife

Laredo has many known nightlife establishments. Around a section of Springfield street in North Laredo, several bars populate the area. Longstanding bars include Cosmos and Old No.2. Also, The LEA area is the location of several nightspots. The most popular is Hal's Landing, a restaurant/bar/arcade located right next to the arena. The LEA area tends to be very popular with the college crowd.

Other bars and clubs such as Average Joes and Rumors populate the city. Furthermore, on Iturbide Street in Downtown Laredo, bars such as Chelsea's and 311 service the gay community of the city.

Churches and architecture

Laredo’s architecture is of Spanish Colonial
Spanish architecture
Spanish architecture refers to architecture carried out in any area in what is now modern-day Spain, and by Spanish architects worldwide. The term includes buildings within the current geographical limits of Spain before this name was given to those territories...

, American
Architecture of the United States
The architecture of the United States demonstrates a broad variety of architectural styles and built forms over the country's history of over four centuries....

, and Mexican
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 flavor. Most of Laredo's Spanish colonial buildings are located in downtown Laredo. American architecture can be seen along Interstate Highway 35 and in the downtown area.

Heavily Roman Catholic in church affiliation, Laredo has impressive houses of worship in multiple denominations. The oldest congregation, San Agustin Cathedral in the downtown historic plaza, dates to the founding of the city in 1755. Other Catholic congregations included Our Lady of Guadalupe, an imposing structure in the inner-city at San Jorge Avenue and Callaghan Street, Blessed Sacrament and Christ the King, both in the Heights neighborhood, St. John Neumann Church at Hillside Road and Springfield Avenue, San Martin de Porres
Martin de Porres
Martin de Porres was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and all those seeking interracial harmony.He was noted for work on behalf of the poor, establishing an...

 at 1704 Sandman Street near the municipal water tower, and the large St. Patrick
Catholic Church on Del Mar Boulevard, founded in 1970 and renovated in 2009. The Catholic diocese
Diocese
A diocese is the district or see under the supervision of a bishop. It is divided into parishes.An archdiocese is more significant than a diocese. An archdiocese is presided over by an archbishop whose see may have or had importance due to size or historical significance...

 office, the headquarters of Bishop James Tamayo, is located on Corpus Christi Street north of Guadalupe Street. Still another Catholic congregation, the Church of the Redeemer at the intersection of Main and Garcia streets downtown, observed its centennial on August 29, 2009. San Luis Rey Catholic Church at the intersection of Sanders and San Jose opened on September 16, 1951. Outside is a flowered prayer shrine.

The homeless and other indigent are served downtown through the Roman Catholic-established Bethany House
Bethany House (Laredo, Texas)
Bethany House is a settlement house, a 5013 nonprofit organization, that assists the homeless and other indigent in Laredo and Webb County, Texas. It was founded in 1982 by the Roman Catholic Father Charles M...

, founded in 1982 by Roman Catholic priest Fr. Charles M. McNaboe (1929–1996).

Other Laredo churches include Baptist
Baptist
Baptists comprise a group of Christian denominations and churches that subscribe to a doctrine that baptism should be performed only for professing believers , and that it must be done by immersion...

, United Methodist, Episcopal
Episcopal Church (United States)
The Episcopal Church is a mainline Anglican Christian church found mainly in the United States , but also in Honduras, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands and parts of Europe...

ian, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Mormon
Mormon
The term Mormon most commonly denotes an adherent, practitioner, follower, or constituent of Mormonism, which is the largest branch of the Latter Day Saint movement in restorationist Christianity...

, and non-denominational congregations as well.

List of the tallest buildings in Laredo, Texas:
Rank
Building Name
Height Floors Year Built
01 Hamilton Hotel  150 ft (46 m) 12 1923
02 San Agustin Cathedral  141 ft (43 m) N/A 1872
03 Rio Grande Plaza  15 1975
04 Holiday Inn Laredo  14 1984
05 Laredo National Bank  10 1926
06 Senior Citizens Home  8
07 Laredo Medical Center  7
08 Gateway Inn  6
09 Rialto Hotel  6 1925
10 Walker Plaza  5 1995

Health care


In addition to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio branch, there are five other principal medical centers in Laredo: the Laredo Medical Center, Doctor's Hospital, Gateway Community Health Center, Providence Surgical & Medical Center, and the Laredo Specialty Hospital.

Doctor's Hospital is the second-largest medical center in Laredo. The hospital complex is over 250000 square feet (23,225.8 m²), with 180 licensed beds on a 58 acres (234,717.9 m²) campus. It is affiliated with Universal Health Services
Universal Health Services
Universal Health Services, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. UHS is one of the leading hospital management companies in the United States and operates, through its subsidiaries, acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory surgery centers in...

. It is located on Loop 20
Texas State Highway Loop 20
Loop 20, also known as the Bob Bullock Loop and Cuatro Vientos Road, is a highway loop that runs to the north and east of the city of Laredo, Texas. Loop 20 extends from the World Trade International Bridge at its northern point to Mangana-Hein Road at its southern point...

 in north Laredo. The Doctors Regional Cancer Treatment Center offers comprehensive cancer services.

The Providence Surgical & Medical Center is an ambulatory health care center located in north-central Laredo and also owned by Universal Health Services.

The Gateway Community Health Center is the third-largest medical center in Laredo. The health center's main building is 64000 square feet (5,945.8 m²). The Medical center moved to its new $11,000,000 building in 2006. The main Gateway Community Health Center is located in East Laredo, close to U.S. Highway 59. It also has three branches in the Laredo area: the South Clinic, El Cenizo Community Center, and Quad City Community Center.

Gateway Community Health Center services include:

The Laredo Specialty Hospital is the fourth-largest medical center in Laredo. It is owned by Ernest Health Inc. and was founded by Elmo Lopez, Jr., on May 22, 2006, and admitted its first patient within hours of operation. The grand opening was held in March 2007.

Laredo Bucks

Laredo is home to the two-time President's Cup Champion Laredo Bucks
Laredo Bucks
The Laredo Bucks are an ice hockey team in the Central Hockey League. They play in Laredo, Texas, USA at the Laredo Energy Arena.-History:Arena Ventures, made up of six businessmen, teamed up with the City of Laredo to build a state-of-the-art facility for the Laredo area and South Texas...

 hockey team, which play at the Laredo Energy Arena. The first Bucks coach from 2002 to 2011 was Terry Ruskowski
Terry Ruskowski
Terry W. "Rosco" Ruskowski is a former National Hockey League centre, who played for the Chicago Black Hawks, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars....

, a Canadian
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 native and champion ice hockey player. Despite a "lifetime contract" given in 2007, Coach Ruskowski left the position in May 2011 after several disappointing seasons.

The Laredo Bucks, owned by Julian "Kiki" DeAyala
Kiki DeAyala
Julian Lewis DeAyala is a former American football linebacker in the United States Football League and the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Draft, but first played for the USFL's Houston Gamblers. He played college football for...

 and Glenn Hart, are part of the Southeast Division of the Central Hockey League
Central Hockey League
The Central Hockey League is a mid-level professional hockey league, owned by Global Entertainment Corporation. Its current champions are the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, which defeated the Colorado Eagles four games to three in the 2011 playoffs....

. The team began in the 2002–2003 season. The Bucks were awarded Franchise of the Year in their first year of operation. The Laredo Bucks are the 2003–2004 and the 2005–2006 Central Hockey League President's Cup Champions and the 2003–2004 Governors' Cup Regular Season Champions. They have made the playoffs since the first year in play and have gone to the finals the past four years, setting a new CHL/WPHL record for consecutive Finals appearances and have won 2/4. They have also been the Southeast Division and Southern Conference Champions.

Laredo Heat

The Laredo Heat
Laredo Heat
Laredo Heat is an American soccer team based in Laredo, Texas, United States. Founded in 2004, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League , the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference....

 is a United Soccer Leagues
United Soccer Leagues
The United Soccer Leagues is the organizer of several soccer leagues with teams in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It includes men's and women's leagues, both professional and amateur. Leagues currently organized are the USL Pro, the USL Premier Development League, the W-League, and...

 Premier Development League team. The team's home stadium is the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex was built in 2006 and renovated in 2007. The soccer complex is located in Laredo, Texas in the Texas A&M International University campus. The complex has two soccer stadiums with a seating capacity of 4,000 each...

. The team was founded in 2004. It plays in the Mid-South Division of the Southern Conference In the 2006 season the Laredo Heat finished Runner-up yet made it only to the first round of the Open Cup. In the 2007 season, the Laredo Heat were the Southern Conference champions. And in 2007 Laredo heat won its first PDL Championship.

Laredo Lemurs

The Laredo Lemurs
Laredo Lemurs
The Laredo Lemurs are a professional baseball team based in Laredo, Texas, and is set to play in the independent American Association in 2012. They will play their home games at Laredo Ballpark in Laredo, replacing the Laredo Broncos of United League Baseball.-External Links:**...

 are a professional baseball team based in Laredo, Texas, and is set to play in the independent American Association in 2012. They will play their home games at Laredo Ballpark.
Club Sport League Venue Established Championships
Laredo Bucks
Laredo Bucks
The Laredo Bucks are an ice hockey team in the Central Hockey League. They play in Laredo, Texas, USA at the Laredo Energy Arena.-History:Arena Ventures, made up of six businessmen, teamed up with the City of Laredo to build a state-of-the-art facility for the Laredo area and South Texas...

Hockey
Hockey
Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick.-Etymology:...

CHL
Central Hockey League
The Central Hockey League is a mid-level professional hockey league, owned by Global Entertainment Corporation. Its current champions are the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, which defeated the Colorado Eagles four games to three in the 2011 playoffs....

Laredo Energy Arena 2002 2 (2004) & (2006)
Laredo Heat
Laredo Heat
Laredo Heat is an American soccer team based in Laredo, Texas, United States. Founded in 2004, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League , the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference....

Soccer USL PDL
USL Premier Development League
The USL Premier Development League is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid...

TAMIU Soccer Complex
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex was built in 2006 and renovated in 2007. The soccer complex is located in Laredo, Texas in the Texas A&M International University campus. The complex has two soccer stadiums with a seating capacity of 4,000 each...

2004 1 (2006)
Laredo Lemurs
Laredo Lemurs
The Laredo Lemurs are a professional baseball team based in Laredo, Texas, and is set to play in the independent American Association in 2012. They will play their home games at Laredo Ballpark in Laredo, replacing the Laredo Broncos of United League Baseball.-External Links:**...

Baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

AAIPB Laredo Ballpark 2011

Laredo Energy Arena

The Laredo Energy Arena, formerly Laredo Entertainment Center, is located at Loop 20 and Jacaman Road. LEA is the home of the Laredo Bucks. The 178000 square feet (16,536.7 m²), $36.5 million facility seats 8,002 people for ice hockey and arena football, and up to 10,000 for concerts. It has fourteen luxury suites, four meeting rooms and a private club for two hundred charter members. It was completed in mid-2002 through an increase in the Laredo sales tax increase of .25 percent. Sports that can be played at the LEA include Hockey
Hockey
Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick.-Etymology:...

, Arena Football
Arena football
Arena football is a variety of gridiron football played by the Arena Football League . It is a proprietary game, the rights to which are owned by Gridiron Enterprises, and is played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game....

, Indoor Soccer
Indoor soccer
Indoor soccer or arena soccer, or six-a-side football in the United Kingdom, is a game derived from association football adapted for play in an indoor arena such as a turf-covered hockey arena or skating rink. The most important difference in play is that the indoor field is surrounded by a wall...

, Basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

, Wrestling
Wrestling
Wrestling is a form of grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position...

, and Boxing
Boxing
Boxing, also called pugilism, is a combat sport in which two people fight each other using their fists. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds...

. The arena also hosts many events such as The Laredo Hunting and Fishing Show, Miss Texas USA, Laredo Home and Garden Show, and high school graduation ceremonies. Well-known artists and bands that have performed in the arena include Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. , better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. At the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.'z, with B.G.. In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included...

, Rihanna
Rihanna
Robyn Rihanna Fenty , better known as simply Rihanna, is a Barbadian recording artist. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers...

, Ke$ha, Pitbull
Pitbull (rapper)
Armando Christian Pérez , better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer. His first recorded performance was from the Lil Jon album Kings of Crunk in 2002, after which he released his debut album in 2004 titled M.I.A.M.I. under TVT Records...

, Flo Rida
Flo Rida
Tramar Dillard , better known by his stage name Flo Rida , is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. He released his debut album, Mail on Sunday, in March 2008. His debut single "Low", featuring T-Pain, was a #1 hit for ten weeks in United States in early 2008. Two other singles resulted from...

, Shakira
Shakira
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll , known professionally as Shakira , is a Colombian singer who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s...

, Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish pop music singer, a son of singer Julio Iglesias.Enrique started his musical career on Mexican label Fonovisa...

, Tool
Tool (band)
Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up has included drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Since 1995, Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist, replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour...

, Aerosmith
Aerosmith
Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many...

, KISS
KISS (band)
Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. Well-known for its members' face paint and flamboyant stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid to late 1970s on the basis of their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting,...

, Elton John
Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, Hon DMus is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor...

, Styx
Styx (band)
Styx is an American rock band that became famous for its albums from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Chicago band is known for melding the style of prog-rock with the power of hard rock guitar, strong ballads, and elements of American musical theater....

, ZZ Top
ZZ Top
ZZ Top is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "That Little Ol' Band from Texas". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based boogie rock, has come to incorporate elements of arena, southern, and boogie rock. The band, from Houston Texas, formed in 1969...

, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band prominent in spreading Southern Rock during the 1970s.Originally formed as the "Noble Five" in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964, the band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its driving live performances and signature tune, Freebird...

, Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
Enrique "Ricky" Martín Morales , better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican and Spanish pop singer and actor who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991.During his career he has sold more than 60 million album copies worldwide...

, George Lopez
George Lopez
George Lopez is an American comedian, actor, and talk show host. He is mostly known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom George Lopez. His stand-up comedy examines race and ethnic relations, including the Mexican American culture...

, T.I.
T.I.
Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. , better known by his stage name T.I., is an American rap artist, film and music producer, actor and author. He is also the founder and co-chief executive officer of Grand Hustle Records....

, Ludacris
Ludacris
Christopher Brian Bridges , better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings...

, Cher
Cher
Cher is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, director, record producer and philanthropist. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award among others for her work in...

, Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff
Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, and author. After working in local theater plays and television commercials in her childhood, she achieved fame playing the title role in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire. She also reprised her role in...

 and WWE.

Student Activity Complex

Student Activity Complex is located on State Highway 359. It is utilized for United Independent School District
United Independent School District
United Independent School District is a school district headquartered in Laredo, Texas, United States.UISD serves portions of the city of Laredo, the cities of El Cenizo and Rio Bravo, and several unincorporated areas in Webb County...

's students. It was opened in the summer of 2002 and it contains the city's first artificial grass stadium. The SAC was also the home of the Laredo Heat. The capacity is 8,000 spectators. Sports played at the SAC include football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

, soccer, and baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

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Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex

Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex was built in 2006 and renovated in 2007. The soccer complex is located in Laredo, Texas in the Texas A&M International University campus. The complex has two soccer stadiums with a seating capacity of 4,000 each...

 (also known as Dustdevil Field and TAMIU Soccer Complex) was built in 2006 and renovated in 2007. The soccer complex is located in Laredo, Texas in the Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University, often referred to as TAMIU, is a public, co-educational, state-supported university located in Laredo, Texas...

 campus. The complex has two soccer stadiums with a seating capacity of 4,000 each. The Dustdevil Field is the new home stadium to the 2007 champion team Laredo Heat
Laredo Heat
Laredo Heat is an American soccer team based in Laredo, Texas, United States. Founded in 2004, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League , the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference....

 member of the United Soccer Leagues
United Soccer Leagues
The United Soccer Leagues is the organizer of several soccer leagues with teams in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It includes men's and women's leagues, both professional and amateur. Leagues currently organized are the USL Pro, the USL Premier Development League, the W-League, and...

 Premier Development League (PDL) and the TAMIU Dustdevils
Dust devil
A dust devil is a strong, well-formed, and relatively long-lived whirlwind, ranging from small to large . The primary vertical motion is upward...

 women and men's soccer teams member of the Heartland Conference
Heartland Conference
The Heartland Conference is an NCAA Division II college athletic conference founded in 1999. The majority of members are in Texas, with additional members in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.-Member schools:...

, NCAA Division II.

Shirley Field

The original Shirley Field was located next to the Civic Center and R&T Martin High School on San Bernardo Ave. It was built in 1937, along with Martin High School. Shirley Field was the location for outdoor athletics for Laredo Independent School District and also hosts the annual Border Olympics events. It seats up to about 6,000 fans with additional seating at the 2 endzones. Professional Mexican soccer teams have played various exhibition games here, noting that the real grass allows for "better" soccer games. The various sports played on the stadium are football, soccer and track & field events. Major renovations are slated for this historic stadium. On November 2009 Shirley Field was demolished and it will be rebuilt by the 2011 football season. The total cost of the reconstruction is expected to be $12,000,000 and it will seat 8,000 fans and feature artificial turf.

Krueger Field

Krueger Field is located in north Laredo and is owned by United Independent School District. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 and is used to play football and soccer high school games. It is home to United High School's and John B. Alexander High School's football and soccer teams.

Veterans Field

Veterans Field
Veterans Field
Veterans Field is a baseball venue in Laredo, Texas. Built in 1950, the park was formerly known as West Martin Field, but the field's name was changed to honor the men and women who have served defending America in the armed forces. Home to many teams over the years, it was renovated in 2002, and...

 is a baseball park which was previously known as West Martin Field. Its capacity is about 5,000. Major renovation is happening to update the 1950 ball park. Veterans Field was also the home to the five-time champion Mexican Baseball League
Liga Mexicana de Beisbol
The Mexican League is a summer minor league baseball league with teams based across Mexico. Along with the International League and the Pacific Coast League, it is one of three leagues playing at the triple-A level, which is one step below Major League Baseball. It is the only Minor League...

 team Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos from 1985 to 2003. Veterans Field is also home to the Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M International University, often referred to as TAMIU, is a public, co-educational, state-supported university located in Laredo, Texas...

's Heartland Conference
Heartland Conference
The Heartland Conference is an NCAA Division II college athletic conference founded in 1999. The majority of members are in Texas, with additional members in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.-Member schools:...

 NCAA Division II Dustdevils baseball team.

Laredo Ballpark

The Laredo Ballpark is currently under construction and the project should be completed by the 2012 baseball season. The project consists of building a new Baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

 field near the Laredo Entertainment Center
Laredo Entertainment Center
The Laredo Energy Arena is a multi-purpose arena, in Laredo, Texas. It is home to the Laredo Bucks ice hockey team and the Laredo Rattlesnakes indoor football team...

 (LEC). The project was first approved by the city council and was voted in favor of (with 61.32% of the votes in favor 38.68% against) constructing it with money collected since 2004 by a .25 percent sales tax
Sales tax
A sales tax is a tax, usually paid by the consumer at the point of purchase, itemized separately from the base price, for certain goods and services. The tax amount is usually calculated by applying a percentage rate to the taxable price of a sale....

 increase. There is a surplus of about $15 million. The stadium will be home to the Laredo Lemurs
Laredo Lemurs
The Laredo Lemurs are a professional baseball team based in Laredo, Texas, and is set to play in the independent American Association in 2012. They will play their home games at Laredo Ballpark in Laredo, replacing the Laredo Broncos of United League Baseball.-External Links:**...

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Laredo Civic Center

Prior to the construction of the Laredo Entertainment Center most major concerts and shows were performed at the Laredo Civic Center. The Laredo Civic Center complex has an auditorium with 1,979 seats and a banquet and exihibit hall with 1,635 seats.

Air

Laredo is served by the Laredo International Airport
Laredo International Airport
-Air cargo operators & destinations :* ABX Air * FedEx Express * UPS Airlines -Accidents and incidents:...

. Daily flights are available to Houston (George Bush Intercontinental Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport, is a Class B international airport in Houston, Texas, serving the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Located north of Downtown Houston between Interstate 45 and U.S. Highway 59...

) and to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and is the busiest airport in the U.S. state of Texas...

. Tri-weekly flights to Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada and is also the county seat of Clark County, Nevada. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous...

 and bi-weekly seasonal (May–August) flights to Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Orlando is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Orange County, and the center of the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. According to the 2010 US Census, the city had a population of 238,300, making Orlando the 79th largest city in the United States...

 are available. After Laredo Air Force Base closed in the mid-1970s, the federal government handed over the old air force base and property to the City of Laredo for a new municipal airport. From the mid-1970s until mid-1990s, the airport utilized a small terminal for passenger airline service and several old hangars for air cargo and private aircraft. A new state-of-the art passenger terminal was built along the newly constructed Loop 20 to accommodate larger jets and to increase passenger air travel through Laredo. Expansion of air cargo facilities, taxiways and aprons, air cargo carriers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, BAX, and others have responded by adding commercial air cargo jet services. Laredo also has two medical helipad
Helipad
Helipad is a common abbreviation for helicopter landing pad, a landing area for helicopters. While helicopters are able to operate on a variety of relatively flat surfaces, a fabricated helipad provides a clearly marked hard surface away from obstacles where a helicopter can safely...

s, at Laredo Medical Center and Doctor's Hospital.

Mass transit

El Metro
El Metro Transit
El Metro Transit is the operator of public transportation in Laredo, Texas. Twenty-three bus routes are operated in a hub and spoke system, with each terminating in a downtown transit center...

 is the mass transit system that operates in Laredo with 21 fixed routes and Paratransit services with approximately 4.6 million passengers per year. El Metro works with a fleet of over 47 fixed route buses, 2 trolleys and 18 Paratransit/El Lift vans. El Metro hub is located in downtown Laredo at El Metro Transit Center. The Center also houses Greyhound Bus Lines and provides fee-based daily parking for downtown shoppers and workers.

Rural transit

Rural transportation is provided by the Webb County operated "El Aguila Rural Transportation" (the Eagle) bus services. El Aguila provides fixed daily routes from Rural Webb County (Bruni
Bruni, Texas
Bruni is a census-designated place in Webb County, Texas, United States. The population was 412 at the 2000 census. Bruni was named after Antonio Mateo Bruni , a local Italian immigrant who owned a ranch and a general store. In 1937, Canadian aviators seeking to be the first to fly from Hudson Bay...

, El Cenizo
El Cenizo, Texas
El Cenizo is a city in Webb County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,545 at the 2000 census. El Cenizo is the third largest city in Webb County....

, Mirando City
Mirando City, Texas
Mirando City is a census-designated place in Webb County, Texas, United States. The population was 493 at the 2000 census. The town gets its name from Nicolás Mirando, a Spanish land grantee. The population of Mirando City was highest in 1929, at an estimated 1500...

, Oilton
Oilton, Texas
Oilton is a census-designated place in Webb County, Texas, United States. The population was 310 at the 2000 census. The community is within the boundary of Webb Consolidated Independent School District and it is home to the Oilton Elementary School....

, and Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo, Texas
Rio Bravo is a city in Webb County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,553 at the 2000 census. The city is the second largest in Webb County.-Geography:Rio Bravo is located at ....

) to the downtown Laredo Transit Center.

International bridges

  • Gateway to the Americas International Bridge
    Gateway to the Americas International Bridge
    The Gateway to the Americas International Bridge is one of four vehicular international bridges located in the cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, that connect the United States and Mexico over the Rio Grande...

  • Juárez-Lincoln International Bridge
    Juárez-Lincoln International Bridge
    The Juárez–Lincoln International Bridge is one of four vehicular international bridges located in the cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, that connect the United States and Mexico over the Rio Grande...

  • World Trade International Bridge
    World Trade International Bridge
    The World Trade International Bridge is one of 4 international bridges located in the cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, that connect the United States and Mexico over the Rio Grande . It is owned and operated by City of Laredo and the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y...

     (commercial traffic only)
  • Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge
    Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge
    Colombia–Solidarity International Bridge is one of four vehicular international bridges located on the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of Laredo, Texas; it connects Laredo over the Rio Grande with Colombia, Nuevo León...

  • Texas-Mexican Railway International Bridge
    Texas-Mexican Railway International Bridge
    The Texas Mexican Railway International Bridge is the only railway international bridge that crosses the U.S.-Mexico border between the cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. It is owned and operated by Texas Mexican Railway and Kansas City Southern de México...


Major highways

Major highways in Laredo and their starting and ending points:
  • Interstate 35 Laredo-Duluth
    Duluth, Minnesota
    Duluth is a port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and is the county seat of Saint Louis County. The fourth largest city in Minnesota, Duluth had a total population of 86,265 in the 2010 census. Duluth is also the second largest city that is located on Lake Superior after Thunder Bay, Ontario,...

  • U.S. Highway 59 Laredo-Lancaster
    Lancaster, Minnesota
    As of the census of 2000, there were 363 people, 154 households, and 91 families residing in the city. The population density was 161.6 people per square mile . There were 193 housing units at an average density of 85.9 per square mile . The racial makeup of the city was 98.90% White, 28% Native...

  • U.S. Highway 83 Brownsville
    Brownsville, Texas
    Brownsville is a city in the southernmost tip of the state of Texas, in the United States. It is located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, directly north and across the border from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Brownsville is the 16th largest city in the state of Texas with a population of...

    -Laredo-Westhope
    Westhope, North Dakota
    As of the census of 2000, there were 533 people, 228 households, and 134 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,663.5 people per square mile . There were 268 housing units at an average density of 836.5 per square mile...

  • State Highway 255
    Texas State Highway 255
    State Highway 255 toll road owned by the state of Texas that has operated since 2000 that allows international traffic to bypass Laredo. The route stretches from the Colombia Solidarity International Bridge to Interstate 35 at exit #24...

     Laredo-Colombia
    Colombia, Nuevo León
    Colombia, Nuevo León is a planned community founded in 1992 by the Mexican state of Nuevo León in the Anáhuac Municipality. It lies on the southern banks of the Río Grande, across from the United States city of Laredo, Texas...

  • State Highway 359
    Texas State Highway 359
    State Highway 359 or SH 359 is a state highway that runs from Skidmore in southeastern Texas, near Corpus Christi, southwest and west to Laredo at the international border with Mexico.-History:...

     Laredo-Skidmore
    Skidmore, Texas
    Skidmore is a census-designated place in Bee County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,013 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Skidmore is located at ....

  • State Loop 20
    Texas State Highway Loop 20
    Loop 20, also known as the Bob Bullock Loop and Cuatro Vientos Road, is a highway loop that runs to the north and east of the city of Laredo, Texas. Loop 20 extends from the World Trade International Bridge at its northern point to Mangana-Hein Road at its southern point...

     Loop around Laredo
  • Farm to Market Road 1472
    Farm to Market Road 1472
    Farm to Market Road 1472 is a farm-to-market road that connects the Laredo, Texas Industrial Area to the Colombia – Solidarity International Bridge, then running roughly parallel to the Rio Grande into rural Webb County...

     Laredo – Colombia Solidarity International Bridge
  • Complete List of Highways in Laredo, Texas


Major highways in Nuevo Laredo and their starting and ending points:
  • Mexican Federal Highway 85
    Mexican Federal Highway 85
    Mexico's Federal Highway 85 connects Mexico City with the U.S. border at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. It is the original route of the Inter-American Highway. Highway 85 runs through Monterrey, Nuevo León; Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas; Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí; and Pachuca, Hidalgo...

     Nuevo Laredo-Mexico City
    Mexico City
    Mexico City is the Federal District , capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole...

  • Mexican Federal Highway 2 Matamoros
    Matamoros, Tamaulipas
    Matamoros, officially known as Heroica Matamoros, is a city in the northeastern part of Tamaulipas, in the country of Mexico. It is located on the southern bank of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas, in the United States. Matamoros is the second largest and second...

    -Nuevo Laredo-Colombia-Ciudad Acuña
  • Tamaulipas State Highway 1
    Tamaulipas State Highway 1
    Tamaulipas State Highway 1 is a highway that stretches form Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico west to Nuevo Leon State Highway 1 on the Nuevo Leon / Tamaulipas borderline. This highway with its Nuevo Leon side connects Nuevo Laredo with Anáhuac, Nuevo Leon....

     Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey
    Monterrey
    Monterrey , is the capital city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León in the country of Mexico. The city is anchor to the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico and is ranked as the ninth-largest city in the nation. Monterrey serves as a commercial center in the north of the country and is the...

  • Nuevo Leon State Highway Spur 1
    Nuevo Leon State Highway Spur 1
    Nuevo Leon State Highway 1 Spur is a connector road that connects the Colombia, Nuevo Leon area with Nuevo Leon State Highway 1. Before its construction travelers / commercial traffic from the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge had to travel south via Mexican Federal Highway 2 and pass...

     Colombia-Anáhuac
    Anáhuac, Nuevo León
    Anáhuac is a city and municipality in the Mexican state of Nuevo León. The city of Anáhuac was founded on May 5, 1933, inside the municipal jurisdiction of Lampazos de Naranjo, Nuevo León, as the political head of the National System of Irrigation No.04 . On May 29, 1935, this city was declared a...


Nearby cities

City Population Distance (km)
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo is a city located in the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The city lies on the banks of the Río Grande, across from the United States city of Laredo, Texas. The 2010 census population of the city was 373,725. Nuevo Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo...

, Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Tamaulipas is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided in 43 municipalities and its capital city is Ciudad Victoria. The capital city was named after Guadalupe Victoria, the...

 
355,827 0 mi (0 km)
Monclova
Monclova
On the other hand, temperatures during late spring and summer can have bouts of extreme heat, with evenings above 40°C for many consecutive days. In recent decades the hottest records have climbed as high as 43°C on July 13, 2005 and 45°C on May 4, 1984. However nighttime low temperatures are...

, Coahuila
Coahuila
Coahuila, formally Coahuila de Zaragoza , officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Coahuila de Zaragoza is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico...

 
294,191 124 mi (199 km)
Monterrey
Monterrey
Monterrey , is the capital city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León in the country of Mexico. The city is anchor to the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico and is ranked as the ninth-largest city in the nation. Monterrey serves as a commercial center in the north of the country and is the...

, Nuevo Leon
Nuevo León
Nuevo León It is located in Northeastern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Tamaulipas to the north and east, San Luis Potosí to the south, and Coahuila to the west. To the north, Nuevo León has a 15 kilometer stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border adjacent to the U.S...

 
3,664,334 125 mi (201 km)
Reynosa
Reynosa
Reynosa is a border city in the northern part of Tamaulipas, in the country of Mexico. It is located on the southern bank of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from McAllen, Texas in the United States. As of 2010, the city of Reynosa counts with a population of 607,532...

, Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Tamaulipas is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided in 43 municipalities and its capital city is Ciudad Victoria. The capital city was named after Guadalupe Victoria, the...

 
526,888 130 mi (209 km)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County, it also extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. The MSA population in 2008 was 416,376. The population was 305,215 at the 2010 census making it the...

 
409,741 131 mi (211 km)
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States of America and the second-largest city within the state of Texas, with a population of 1.33 million. Located in the American Southwest and the south–central part of Texas, the city serves as the seat of Bexar County. In 2011,...

 
1,942,217 154 mi (248 km)
Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Tamaulipas is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided in 43 municipalities and its capital city is Ciudad Victoria. The capital city was named after Guadalupe Victoria, the...

 
462,157 167 mi (268 km)
Saltillo
Saltillo
Saltillo is the capital city of the northeastern Mexican state of Coahuila and the municipal seat of the municipality of the same name. The city is located about 400 km south of the U.S. state of Texas, and 90 km west of Monterrey, Nuevo León....

, Coahuila
Coahuila
Coahuila, formally Coahuila de Zaragoza , officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Coahuila de Zaragoza is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico...

 
648,929 181 mi (291 km)

Sister cities

During the month of January Laredo sponsors the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival which was founded in 2003. The festival is an internaional business, trade, tourism, and cultural expo. All of Laredo's sister cities are invited to participate. In 2004, the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival received the best overall Program award from the Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between United States and international communities. More than 2,000 cities, states and counties are partnered in 136 countries around the world...

.
The following list is of Laredo's sister cities:
Acámbaro
Acámbaro
Acámbaro is a city and municipality in the southeastern corner of the Mexican state of Guanajuato, on the banks of the Lerma River, and the oldest of the 46 municipalities of Guanajuato. Acámbaro is noted as a major railway junction, a local transport hub, and the origin of the nationally famous...

, Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 2004 Chenzhou
Chenzhou
Chenzhou is a city located in the southern area of Hunan province, People's Republic of China. Its administrative area covers , 9.2% of the provincial area, and its total population reached 4,559,600 as of 2001, 26% of them living in urban areas, 74% of them live in rural areas.-History:Chenzhou...

, China
People's Republic of China
China , officially the People's Republic of China , is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. Located in East Asia, the country covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometres...

 2001 Cienega de Flores
Ciénega de Flores
Ciénega de Flores is a city and surrounding municipality located in Nuevo Leon, Mexico near Monterrey.-Tradition:Ciénega de Flores is recognized by its famous machacado food, which is one of the traditional foods in Nuevo Leon.-Demographics:...

, Mexico 1987 Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. It was established at the archeological site of Gualupita I by the Olmec, "the mother culture" of Mesoamerica, approximately 3200 years ago...

, Mexico Guadalajara, Jalisco
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Guadalajara is the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and the seat of the municipality of Guadalajara. The city is located in the central region of Jalisco in the western-pacific area of Mexico. With a population of 1,564,514 it is Mexico's second most populous municipality...

, Mexico Guadalupe
Guadalupe, Nuevo León
Guadalupe is a city and surrounding municipality located in the state of Nuevo León, in northern Mexico. It is part of the Greater Monterrey Metropolitan area....

, Mexico 2000 Jerez de García Salinas
Jerez de García Salinas
The city and surrounding municipality of Jerez is located in the center of the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. Jerez de García Salinas is the name of the city and "Jerez" of the municipality....

, Mexico 1987 Lampazos, Mexico 2000 Laredo
Laredo, Cantabria
Laredo is a town in the Northern Spanish province and autonomous community of Cantabria.Located between the cities of Santander and Bilbao, Laredo is known in the region and nationally for "La Salvé", its 5 km long beach and for the historic part of town dating back to Roman times...

, Spain
Spain
Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

 1978
León
León, Guanajuato
The city of León, formally León de los Aldama is the sixth most populous city in Mexico and the first in the state of Guanajuato. It is also the seat of the municipality of León...

, Mexico 2006 Marín
Marín, Nuevo León
Marín is a town and municipality located in the Mexican state of Nuevo León. the municipality was named in honor of Dr. Primo Feliciano Marin de Porras, Bishop of Linares. It has an area of 129 square kilometres territorial.-Geography:...

, Mexico Mexticacan
Mexticacan
Mexticacán is a town and municipality in the Southern Region of the Mexican state of Jalisco. Mexticacán comes from the Nahuatl and means "place where the temple for the worship of the moon."-History:...

, Mexico 2002 Monclova
Monclova
On the other hand, temperatures during late spring and summer can have bouts of extreme heat, with evenings above 40°C for many consecutive days. In recent decades the hottest records have climbed as high as 43°C on July 13, 2005 and 45°C on May 4, 1984. However nighttime low temperatures are...

, Mexico 2003 Montemorelos
Montemorelos
Montemorelos is a city and surrounding municipality of 53,854 inhabitants located in the Northern Mexican state of Nuevo León, in the valley of the Pilon River...

, Mexico Murray Bridge
Murray Bridge, South Australia
Murray Bridge is the fourth most populous city in South Australia after Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. It is located east-southeast of Adelaide and north of Meningie....

, Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

 1984 Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo is a city located in the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The city lies on the banks of the Río Grande, across from the United States city of Laredo, Texas. The 2010 census population of the city was 373,725. Nuevo Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo...

, Mexico 1986 San Antonio de Areco
San Antonio de Areco
San Antonio de Areco is a town in northern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, and capital of the partido of San Antonio de Areco. It is located on the Areco River away from the Buenos Aires city, the country's capital....

, Argentina
Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

 2001 San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is a city and municipality located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. It is 274 km from Mexico City and 97 km from the state capital of Guanajuato...

, Mexico 2001
Tainan County
Tainan County
Tainan County was located in southern Taiwan. The name "Tainan" means "Southern Taiwan". Formerly a county of the Republic of China , Tainan County was merged with Tainan City at the end of 2010 to form a single special municipality....

, Taiwan
Republic of China
The Republic of China , commonly known as Taiwan , is a unitary sovereign state located in East Asia. Originally based in mainland China, the Republic of China currently governs the island of Taiwan , which forms over 99% of its current territory, as well as Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and other minor...

 1985 Tepatitlan, Mexico Tijuana
Tijuana
Tijuana is the largest city on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. An industrial and financial center of Mexico, Tijuana exerts a strong influence on economics, education, culture, art, and politics...

, Mexico Tlahualillo, Mexico 1988 Tonalá
Tonalá, Jalisco
Tonalá is a city and its surrounding municipality within the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area in the state of Jalisco in Mexico.The city had a 2005 census population of 374,258 and the municipality had a population of 408,729 and an area of 119.58 km² . The municipality lies adjacent to the east...

, Mexico Torreón
Torreón
Torreón is a city and seat of the surrounding municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Coahuila. As of 2010, the city's population was 608,836 with 639,629 in the municipality. The metropolitan population, including Matamoros, Coahuila, and Gómez Palacio and Lerdo in adjacent Durango,...

, Mexico 2004 Veracruz
Veracruz, Veracruz
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The city is located in the central part of the state. It is located along Federal Highway 140 from the state capital Xalapa, and is the state's most...

, Mexico 1992 Wuwei, China 2004 Zixing
Zixing
Zixing is a city with more than 100,000 inhabitants in Chenzhou, Hunan, China. It is twinned with Laredo, Texas U.S....

, China 2002


Pending: Candela
Candela, Coahuila
This article is about city in Mexico. For other uses, see Candela .Candela is a city in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. The municipal seat of the surrounding municipality of Candela, it is located at 100° 39' 43" West, 26° 50' 25" North, in the state's central region. There were 1,669...

, Mexico Papantla, Mexico Rizhao
Rizhao
Rizhao is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Shandong province, People's Republic of China. It is situated on the coastline along the Yellow Sea, borders Qingdao to the northeast, Weifang to the north, Linyi to the west and southwest, and faces Korea and Japan across the Yellow Sea to the east...

, China Qinghai
Qinghai
Qinghai ; Oirat Mongolian: ; ; Salar:) is a province of the People's Republic of China, named after Qinghai Lake...

, China

Newspapers and News Sites

Name Frequency Language City Website
Laredo Morning Times
Laredo Morning Times
The Laredo Morning Times is a daily newspaper publication based in Laredo, Texas, USA. It is owned by the Hearst Corporation.The Laredo Morning Times was founded on June 14, 1881 as "the Laredo Weekly," a four-page newspaper published by James Saunders Penn. Two years later, the paper became a...

Daily English Laredo lmtonline.com
El Mañana
El Mañana (Nuevo Laredo)
El Mañana is a Spanish language newspaper published in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The newspaper was founded in 1924 by Heriberto Deandar Amador, it is Nuevo Laredo's oldest newspaper currently still published. El Mañana uses the slogan "La verdad sin fronteras"...

Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo/Laredo elmanana.com.mx
Laredo Sun Online English Laredo laredosun.us
LareDOS
LareDOS
LareDOS is an independent monthly newspaper published in Laredo, Texas and is distributed free of charge. LareDOS was founded by Maria Eugenia Guerra and Richard Geissler in December 1994. The newspaper takes pride that it is 100% owned by a Latina since Maria Guerra bought out Richard Geissler in...

Monthly English Laredo laredosnews.com
El Diario de Nuevo Laredo
El Diario de Nuevo Laredo
El Diario de Nuevo Laredo is a Spanish language newspaper published in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The newspaper was founded in 1948 by Ruperto Villareal Montemayor, it is Nuevo Laredo's second oldest newspaper currently still published, but is the nonstop oldelst newspaper in Nuevo Laredo...

Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo diario.net
Primera Hora
Primera Hora (Nuevo Laredo)
Pimera Hora is a Spanish language newspaper published in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The newspaper was founded on October 24, 2001, by Benjamín Galvan Gomes. The newspaper is printed daily at 10:00 AM CST to ensure the latest news is read and the newspaper is sold until 5:30 PM CST...

Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo primerahora.com
Ultima Hora
Última Hora
Última Hora is a Spanish language newspaper published in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The newspaper was founded on July 26, 1996, as Dos, Enlace de Culturas by Benjamin Galvan Gomes. The name was changed to Ultima Hora on November 13, 1998...

Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo ultimahora.com
Viva South Texas News Blog English Laredo/South Texas VivaSouthTexas.com

Television

CH
Television channel
A television channel is a physical or virtual channel over which a television station or television network is distributed. For example, in North America, "channel 2" refers to the broadcast or cable band of 54 to 60 MHz, with carrier frequencies of 55.25 MHz for NTSC analog video and...

VC
Virtual channel
In telecommunications, a logical channel number , also known as virtual channel, is a channel designation which differs from that of the actual radio channel on which the signal travels....

DT
Digital television
Digital television is the transmission of audio and video by digital signals, in contrast to the analog signals used by analog TV...

DTV Dish
Dish Network
Dish Network Corporation is the second largest pay TV provider in the United States, providing direct broadcast satellite service—including satellite television, audio programming, and interactive television services—to 14.337 million commercial and residential customers in the United States. Dish...

TWC
Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable is an American cable television company that operates in 28 states and has 31 operating divisions...

Callsign Network
Television network
A television network is a telecommunications network for distribution of television program content, whereby a central operation provides programming to many television stations or pay TV providers. Until the mid-1980s, television programming in most countries of the world was dominated by a small...

City of License Official Website
2 99 XEFE
XEFE-TV
XEFE is the television call sign for the Televisa local television station in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The channel can also be seen in the Laredo, Texas market. In addition to local news and programming, XEFE also airs a selection of programming from Televisa's FOROtv, Canal 5 and...

Televisa local Nuevo Laredo
8.1 8.1 8 5272 10 KGNS
KGNS-TV
KGNS-TV is the NBC television affiliate for Laredo, Texas as well as surrounding areas in both Texas and Mexico. The station is owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. KGNS also operates digital subchannels offering Telemundo and KTXW , both also available on Time Warner Cable channels 25 and 19,...

NBC
NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

 HD
Laredo pro8news.com
8.2 8.2 8125 19 KGNSDT2
KTXW
KTXW is a local cable channel affiliated with The CW which can also seen on KGNS digital subchannel 8.2.. The channel is on Laredo's Time Warner Cable channel 19. Most of its programming comes from The CW Plus, a group of CW affiliates in small to medium markets...

The CW Laredo yourcwtv.com
8.3 8.3 8128 25 KGNSDT3
KGNS-TV
KGNS-TV is the NBC television affiliate for Laredo, Texas as well as surrounding areas in both Texas and Mexico. The station is owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. KGNS also operates digital subchannels offering Telemundo and KTXW , both also available on Time Warner Cable channels 25 and 19,...

Telemundo
Telemundo
Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

Laredo telemundo.com
11 KLRN
KLRN
KLRN is a public television station in San Antonio, Texas, broadcasting locally on VHF channel 9 as a Public Broadcasting Service member station...

PBS
Public Broadcasting Service
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American non-profit public broadcasting television network with 354 member TV stations in the United States which hold collective ownership. Its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia....

San Antonio klrn.org
10.1CP
Construction permit
A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding on to pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance...

10.1CP
Construction permit
A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding on to pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance...

K10QK-DCP
Construction permit
A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding on to pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance...

Religious Laredo feypoder.com`
11 25.1 25.1 14 XHBR
XHBR-TV
XHBR-TV is the television call sign for the Televisa television station channel 11 in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The station is an affiliate of the Canal de las Estrellas network. It also broadcasts local programming and news. XHBR also broadcasts Canal de las Estrellas in High Definition...

Canal de las Estrellas
Canal de las Estrellas
Canal de las Estrellas is one of the cornerstone networks of Televisa, with affiliate stations all over Mexico, flagshipped at XEW-TV in Mexico City. Many of the programs of Canal de las Estrellas are seen in the United States on Univision, Telefutura, and Galavisión...

 HD
Nuevo Laredo esmas.com
12 5270 2.1 KSAT
KSAT-TV
KSAT-TV channel 12 is the local ABC affiliate television station in the greater San Antonio area. Its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texas. The station calls itself KSAT 12, pronounced as "K-Sat"....

ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

San Antonio ksat.com
13.1 13.1 13 8122 6 KVTV
KVTV
KVTV is the CBS television affiliate of Laredo, Texas, USA. Its transmitter is located in Laredo.-History:One of several stations serving the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo borderplex, KVTV began in 1973 as a satellite station of KZTV, the CBS Affiliate in Corpus Christi...

CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

Laredo cbs.com
15.1 15.1 KLMV BVB Laredo bvb.com
21 21.1 50.1 98 XHLNA Azteca 13
Azteca 13
Azteca 13 is a television broadcast network owned by TV Azteca, with affiliate stations all over Mexico all of which are owned and operated by TV Azteca. Azteca 13 uses Mexico, Distrito Federal's XHDF as its flagship station and its channel as part of its name...

 HD
Nuevo Laredo tvazteca.com
21.2 50.2 XHLNA Azteca 13
Azteca 13
Azteca 13 is a television broadcast network owned by TV Azteca, with affiliate stations all over Mexico all of which are owned and operated by TV Azteca. Azteca 13 uses Mexico, Distrito Federal's XHDF as its flagship station and its channel as part of its name...

 3D
Nuevo Laredo tvazteca.com
27.1 19.1 27 8126 78.1 KLDO Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

 HD
Laredo kldotv.com
27.2 19.2 KLDODT2
KLDO-TV
KLDO-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Laredo, Texas, broadcasting locally on digital channel 19 as an affiliate of Univision. Founded February 14, 1984, the station is owned by Entravision.-History:...

Telefutura
TeleFutura
TeleFutura is a U.S. Spanish-language broadcast television network owned by Univision with headquarters in Miami, Florida.-Overview:TeleFutura Is America’s #2 Spanish-Language Network in prime time...

Laredo ketftv.com
27.3 19.3 KLDODT3
KLDO-TV
KLDO-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Laredo, Texas, broadcasting locally on digital channel 19 as an affiliate of Univision. Founded February 14, 1984, the station is owned by Entravision.-History:...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

/MyNet
MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV is a television broadcast syndication service in the United States, owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a division of News Corporation...

Laredo myfoxlaredo.com
27.4 19.4 80.5 KLDODT4
KLDO-TV
KLDO-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Laredo, Texas, broadcasting locally on digital channel 19 as an affiliate of Univision. Founded February 14, 1984, the station is owned by Entravision.-History:...

LATV
LATV
LATV is a bilingual music and entertainment network. LATV has been on the air in the Los Angeles market as KJLA since 2001 and is distributed through mostly digital television subchannels throughout the United States and Puerto Rico....

Laredo ketftv.com
31.1 31.1 77 KETF Telefutura
TeleFutura
TeleFutura is a U.S. Spanish-language broadcast television network owned by Univision with headquarters in Miami, Florida.-Overview:TeleFutura Is America’s #2 Spanish-Language Network in prime time...

Laredo ketftv.com
31.2 31.2 2.2 KETFDT2 Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

 HD/MyNet
MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV is a television broadcast syndication service in the United States, owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a division of News Corporation...

 HD
Laredo myfoxlaredo.com
31.3 31.3 80.5 KEFTDT3 LATV
LATV
LATV is a bilingual music and entertainment network. LATV has been on the air in the Los Angeles market as KJLA since 2001 and is distributed through mostly digital television subchannels throughout the United States and Puerto Rico....

Laredo ketftv.com
33 33.1 51.1 XHLAT Azteca 7
Azteca 7
Azteca 7 or El 7 is a network owned by TV Azteca, with affiliate stations all over Mexico all of which are owned and operated by TV Azteca. Azteca 7 uses Mexico, Distrito Federal's XHIMT as its flagship station and its channel as part of its name. Azteca 7's programming is available in HD and is...

 HD
Nuevo Laredo tvazteca.com
39 27.3 19.3 39 8124 16 KXOF Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

/MyNet
MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV is a television broadcast syndication service in the United States, owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a division of News Corporation...

Laredo myfoxlaredo.com
45 45.1 32.1 15 XHNAT Multimedios Nuevo Laredo multimedios.tv
55 42.1CP
Construction permit
A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding on to pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance...

42.1CP
Construction permit
A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding on to pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance...

KNEX
KNEX-LP
KNEX-LP channel 55 is a low-powered television station in the Laredo, Texas market. It is owned and operated by BMP Radio. KNEX was once affiliated with Mas Musica and later MTV Tr3s before it switched programming to Azteca America...

KQUR Audio Laredo
57 25.2 25.2 XHLAR Televisa Regional
Televisa Regional
Televisa Regional refers to Televisa owned television stations that broadcast select programming from Televisa's Canal de las Estrellas, FOROtv, Canal 5, and/or Galavisión, Televisa Networks and locally produced programming...

Nuevo Laredo televisa.com

CP: Construction Permit
Construction permit
A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding on to pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance...


AM radio

Frequency Callsign Brand City of License Website Webcast
530 WPMQ285
WPMQ285
WPMQ285 is a low-powered Texas Department of Transportation Highway Advisory radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, area. It broadcasts in two frequencies: 530 AM transmits highway advisory information in Spanish and also repeats WXK26 English NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards information for...

TxDOT HAR
Highway advisory radio
Travelers Information Radio Stations , are sometimes also called Highway Advisory Radio Stations by Departments of Transportation in the United States. These radio stations are licensed low-power AM radio stations set up by local transport departments to provide bulletins to motorists and other...

Laredo
790 XEFE
XEFE (AM)
XEFE-AM is a Mexican Regional Music format AM station that serves the Laredo, Texas USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico border area.-References:...

La Mera Ley Nuevo Laredo listen live
890 KVOZ Radio Cristiana Laredo lanuevaradiocristiana.com
960 XEK
XEK (AM)
XEK-AM La Estación Grande de Nuevo Laredo is a Spanish-language Talk format with Adult Contemporary music that makes it the most unusual AM station serving the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area...

La Grande Nuevo Laredo xek.com listen live
1000 XENLT
XENLT (AM)
XENLT-AM is a Spanish Talk format AM station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area....

Radio Formula Nuevo Laredo radioformula.com
1090 XEWL
XEWL (AM)
XEWL is a Spanish Talk format AM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area.-External links:*...

W-Radio Nuevo Laredo wradio.com.mx listen live
1300 KLAR Radio Poder Laredo feypoder.com listen live
1340 XEBK
XEBK (AM)
XEBK-AM is a Mexican Regional Music format AM station that serves the Laredo, Texas USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico border area.-References:...

exa FM Nuevo Laredo exafm.com.mx
1370 XEGNK
XEGNK (AM)
XEGNK-AM is a Mexican Regional Music format AM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area.-External links:*...

Radio Mexicana Nuevo Laredo listen live
1410 XEAS
XEAS (AM)
XEAS-AM is a Mexican Regional Music format AM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area. XEAS is affiliated with Ke Buena Radio.-External links:*...

Ke Buena Nuevo Laredo kebuena.com listen live
1490 KLNT ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio is an American sports radio network. It was launched on January 1, 1992 under the original banner of "SportsRadio ESPN." ESPN Radio is located at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut...

Laredo
1550 XENU
XENU (AM)
XENU-AM is a Mexican Regional Music format AM station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area....

La Rancherita Nuevo Laredo listen live
1610 WPMQ285
WPMQ285
WPMQ285 is a low-powered Texas Department of Transportation Highway Advisory radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, area. It broadcasts in two frequencies: 530 AM transmits highway advisory information in Spanish and also repeats WXK26 English NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards information for...

TxDOT HAR
Highway advisory radio
Travelers Information Radio Stations , are sometimes also called Highway Advisory Radio Stations by Departments of Transportation in the United States. These radio stations are licensed low-power AM radio stations set up by local transport departments to provide bulletins to motorists and other...

Laredo

Long range AM stations

The following Clear Channel AM stations can be heard in Laredo:
Frequency Callsign Brand City of License Website Webcast
680 KKYX
KKYX
KKYX is a classic country music radio station owned by Cox Radio. It is licensed to, and headquartered in, San Antonio, Texas. The station also carries play-by-play of the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League...

Country Legends 680 San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States of America and the second-largest city within the state of Texas, with a population of 1.33 million. Located in the American Southwest and the south–central part of Texas, the city serves as the seat of Bexar County. In 2011,...

kkyx.com listen live
720 KSAH Norteño 720 San Antonio
740 KTRH Newsradio 740 KTRH Houston ktrh.com listen live
760 KTKR
KTKR
KTKR is an all-sports radio station serving the San Antonio, Texas, USA area. KTKR, more popularly known as "Ticket 760", is owned by Clear Channel Communications as a sister station to, among others, heritage station WOAI....

Ticket 760 AM San Antonio ticket760.com listen live
990 XET La T Grande Monterrey
Monterrey
Monterrey , is the capital city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León in the country of Mexico. The city is anchor to the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico and is ranked as the ninth-largest city in the nation. Monterrey serves as a commercial center in the north of the country and is the...

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1030 KCTA KCTA 1030 AM Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County, it also extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. The MSA population in 2008 was 416,376. The population was 305,215 at the 2010 census making it the...

kctaradio.com listen live
1050 XEG Ranchera de Monterrey Monterrey rancherademonterrey.com listen live
1140 XEMR
XEMR-AM
XEMR-AM is a Mexican clear-channel station on 1140 kHz and licensed for Apodaca, Nuevo León. It is licensed to Organizacion Mexicana de Radio, S.A. de C.V. and operated by Grupo Radio Alegría.-References:...

MR Deportes Monterrey
1200 WOAI
WOAI (AM)
WOAI is a San Antonio, Texas, news/talk formatted radio station operating with 50,000 Watts non-directional day and night from a transmitter site near Marion, Texas. Current owner and operator San Antonio based Clear Channel Communications acquired the station in 1975 which founded the now...

News Radio 1200 San Antonio radio.woai.com listen live
1210 KUBR
KUBR
KUBR is a Spanish Christian radio station that serves the Rio Grande Valley border area. The station broadcasts from San Juan, Texas....

Radio Cristiana San Juan
San Juan, Texas
San Juan is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population in July 2008 was 33,970 since then the population of San Juan increased since 2000 by +29.5%. The name reflects that of a founding father...

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1530 KGBT
KGBT (AM)
KGBT is a Spanish lanuage radio station that serves the Rio Grande Valley border area....

La Tremenda 1530 Harlingen
Harlingen, Texas
Harlingen is a city in Cameron County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, United States, about from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The city covers more than , and is the second largest city in Cameron County and the sixth largest in the Rio Grande Valley...

latremenda1530.com

FM radio

Frequency Callsign Brand Format City of License Website Webcast
88.1 KHOY
Khoy
Khoy is a city in and the capital of Khoy County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 178,708, in 45,090 families....

Catholic Radio Religious Laredo khoy.org listen live
88.9 XHLDO
XHLDO-FM
XHLDO-FM is a Spanish News Talk format FM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area. XHLDO is public radio station affiliated with the State owned Radio Tamaulipas....

Radio Tamaulipas Public Radio Nuevo Laredo tamaulipas.gob [mms://200.23.59.10/radiotam listen live]
89.9 KBNL Radio Manantial Spanish Religious Laredo kbnl.com
91.3 XHNOE
XHNOE-FM
XHNOE is a Spanish-language Talk format FM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area.-External links:*...

Stereo 91.3 FM Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo xhnoe.com listen live
92.7 KJBZ Z93 Tejano Laredo z933.com
94.1 XHTLN
XHTLN-FM
XHTLN-FM is a Spanish Contemporary Music format FM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area. XHTLN is affiliated with Imagen Radio and RMX. XHTLN broadcasts the Laredo Bucks home and away hockey games live.- External links :**...

Imagen / RMX Laredo Talk / Contemporary Nuevo Laredo rmx.com.mx listen live
94.9 KQUR The Works Mainstream Rock Laredo 949theworks.com listen live
95.7 XHBK
XHBK-FM
XHBK-FM is a Regional Mexican that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area....

Exa FM Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo
96.5 NEW Tu Radio Norteño Nuevo Laredo
97.1 XHNLO
XHNLO-FM
XHNLO-FM is a Spanish Contemporary Music format FM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico border area. XHNLO is affiliated with Multimedios Radio.-External links:*...

Multimedios Radio Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo mmradio.com listen live
98.1 KRRG Big Buck Country Country Laredo bigbuck98.com
99.3 XHNK
XHNK-FM
XHNK is a Classic Hits Music format FM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area. XHNK is among the first to broadcast in HD Radio in Mexico and the first in the Laredo and Nuevo Laredo markets.-External links:*...

Digital Ecstasy Classic Hits Nuevo Laredo radiorama.com listen live
100.5 KBDR La Ley Tejano Laredo laley1005.com listen live
101.5 XHAS
XHAS-FM
XHAS-FM is a Mexican Regional Music format FM radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area. XHAS is affiliated with Ke Buena Radio Network. Its musical program varies from classical and jazz to local folk music.-External links:**...

Ke Buena Norteño Nuevo Laredo kebuena.com listen live
102.3 XHMW
XHMW-FM
XHMW-FM is a Spanish Contemporary Music format FM station that serves the Laredo, Texas, USA and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area.-External links:*...

Los 40 Principales Spanish Pop Nuevo Laredo radiorama.com listen live
103.3 XHAHU
XHAHU-FM
XHAHU is a Mexican Regional Music format radio station that serves the Anáhuac, Nuevo León - Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, United States border area. XHAHU is affiliated with the Nuevo Leon State owned Radio Nuevo Leon public network....

Radio Nuevo León Spanish Pop Anáhuac
Anáhuac, Nuevo León
Anáhuac is a city and municipality in the Mexican state of Nuevo León. The city of Anáhuac was founded on May 5, 1933, inside the municipal jurisdiction of Lampazos de Naranjo, Nuevo León, as the political head of the National System of Irrigation No.04 . On May 29, 1935, this city was declared a...

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104.5 NEW La Más Pesada Norteño Nuevo Laredo
104.9 XHNLR
XHNLR-FM
XHNLR-FM is a Spanish-language University Educational format low powered FM radio station that serves the Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. XHNLR is affiliated with the Radio Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas.-External links:*...

Radio UAT University Radio Nuevo Laredo uat.mx
106.1 KNEX
KNEX (FM)
KNEX is a Rhythmic adult contemporary radio station that serves the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area. The station is owned by BMP Radio.-External links:...

Hot 106.1 Urban / Rhythmic Top 40 Laredo hot1061.com listen live
106.5 NEW La Tremenda
La Tremenda 106.5
La Tremenda was an international contemporary music FM radio station that served the Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and Laredo, Texas area of the Mexico – United States border. From May 2006 through June 2008 the radio station was broadcasting as a pirate FM radio station since it did not have a permit...

Norteño Nuevo Laredo tremenda.com.mx
107.3 XHGTS
XHGTS-FM
XHGTS-FM 107.3 is an International Contemporary Music format FM radio station that serves the Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, USA border area. XHGTS mostly airs Spanish language pop and rock hits....

Digital 107.3 Spanish Pop Nuevo Laredo digital1073.com listen live
162.55 WXK26
WXK26
WXK26 is a NOAA Weather Radio station that serves the Laredo, Texas area. It is programmed from the National Weather Service forecast office in Corpus Christi, Texas with it's transmitter located in Laredo. It broadcasts weather and hazard information for Webb and Zapata Counties.-External links:**...

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Notable people born in Laredo

  • David Barkley-Cantu, first Mexican-American to be awarded the Medal of Honor
    Medal of Honor
    The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her...

  • Pedro "Pete" Astudillo, composer
  • Freddie Benavides
    Freddie Benavides
    Alfredo Benavides is a former Major League Baseball infielder of Mexican American descent. He is an alumnus of Texas Christian University....

    , former professional baseball
    Baseball
    Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

     player
  • Santos Benavides
    Santos Benavides
    Santos Benavides was a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War. Benavides was the highest-ranking Tejano soldier in the Confederate military.-Biography:...

    , Confederate States of America
    Confederate States of America
    The Confederate States of America was a government set up from 1861 to 1865 by 11 Southern slave states of the United States of America that had declared their secession from the U.S...

     colonel
    Colonel
    Colonel , abbreviated Col or COL, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer. It or a corresponding rank exists in most armies and in many air forces; the naval equivalent rank is generally "Captain". It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures...

    , U.S. Civil War
  • Orlando Canizales
    Orlando Canizales
    Orlando Canizales is an American boxer who won the International Boxing Federation bantamweight title and defended it a record sixteen consecutive times.-Boxing career:...

    , professional boxer
    Boxing
    Boxing, also called pugilism, is a combat sport in which two people fight each other using their fists. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds...

    . Career W 50 L 5 D 1
  • Francisco G. Cigarroa
    Francisco G. Cigarroa
    Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa is a medical doctor and Chancellor of the University of Texas System. He is also the first Hispanic to serve as president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio ....

    , chancellor of University of Texas System
    University of Texas System
    The University of Texas System encompasses 15 educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are academic universities and six are health institutions. The system is headquartered in Austin and has a total enrollment of over 190,000 students...

  • Henry Cuellar
    Henry Cuellar
    Henry Roberto Cuellar is the U.S Representative for , serving since 2005. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district extends from the Rio Grande to the suburbs of San Antonio, including Guadalupe County and nearby Wilson County.Outside of politics, he has served as a professor at the...

    , U.S. Representative from Texas' 28th District (since 2005), former Texas Secretary of State (2001) and state representative
    Texas House of Representatives
    The Texas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Texas Legislature. The House is composed of 150 members elected from single-member districts across the state. The average district has about 150,000 people. Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits...

     (1987–2001)
  • Tony Dalton
    Tony Dalton
    Álvaro Luis Bernat Dalton is a television and movie actor, TV host of the program “No te Equivoques” with his partner Kristoff, producer and screenwriter, and currently co-starring in the Mexican version of the series Los Simuladores, produced by Grupo Televisa.- Career as an actor :Tony Dalton...

    , American
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

     actor and screenwriter
  • Tom DeLay
    Tom DeLay
    Thomas Dale "Tom" DeLay is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1984 until 2006. He was Republican Party House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005, when he resigned because of criminal money laundering charges in...

    , former U.S. Representative from Texas's 22nd congressional district
    Texas's 22nd congressional district
    Texas District 22 of the United States House of Representatives is the Congressional district that covers a south-central portion of the metropolitan area. It includes the cities of Rosenberg and La Marque as well as portions of Missouri City and Pearland, in Fort Bend, Harris, Galveston, and...

    , former House majority leader, Republican
    Republican Party (United States)
    The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

  • Betty Flores
    Betty Flores
    Elizabeth Garcia Flores, better known as Betty Flores , is a businesswoman who was the first female mayor of Laredo, Texas. She served a brief unexpired mayoral term followed by two four-year terms from 1998-2006...

    , first woman mayor of Laredo, 1998–2006
  • Julio A. Garcia
    Julio A. Garcia
    Julio Arnoldo Garcia, Sr. , was a prominent attorney from Laredo, Texas, defined by a headline writer as a "legal lion" known for his passion, shrewdness, and theatrics in the courtoom." Garcia also served from 1981 to 1988 as the Democratic district attorney of the 49th Judicial District of...

     (1943–2008), district attorney
    District attorney
    In many jurisdictions in the United States, a District Attorney is an elected or appointed government official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses. The district attorney is the highest officeholder in the jurisdiction's legal department and supervises a staff of...

     from 1980 to 1988
  • Joe A. Guerra
    Joe A. Guerra
    Jose Antonio Guerra, Sr., known as Joe A. Guerra , was a businessman and a Republican political activist in the heavily Democratic city of Laredo, Texas...

     (1934–2010), Laredo businessman; 20-year member of the city council; Republican political activist
  • William N. "Billy" Hall, Jr., (1940–2002), State representative
    Texas House of Representatives
    The Texas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Texas Legislature. The House is composed of 150 members elected from single-member districts across the state. The average district has about 150,000 people. Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits...

    , county treasurer, civic leader
  • Oscar M. Laurel
    Oscar M. Laurel
    Oscar Manuel Laurel, Sr., was a U.S. attorney, businessman, and Hispanic Democratic politician from Laredo, Texas, whose legendary oratory excited his party's faithful. "He had a great talent for words," said Hector Garcia, a former Laurel business partner. Vidal M. Trevino, late superintendent of...

     (1920–2001) – State representative, district attorney, member of the National Transportation Safety Board
    National Transportation Safety Board
    The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent U.S. government investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation. In this role, the NTSB investigates and reports on aviation accidents and incidents, certain types of highway crashes, ship and marine...

    , executive director of the International Good Neighbor Council
  • Thomas C. Mann
    Thomas C. Mann
    Thomas C. Mann was a diplomat who specialized in Latin American affairs while employed by the U.S. Department of State from 1942-1966. During the first administration of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower he served in a variety of posts, including two years as Ambassador to El Salvador...

    , former U.S. Ambassador
    Ambassador
    An ambassador is the highest ranking diplomat who represents a nation and is usually accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization....

     to El Salvador
    El Salvador
    El Salvador or simply Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country's capital city and largest city is San Salvador; Santa Ana and San Miguel are also important cultural and commercial centers in the country and in all of Central America...

  • Alicia Dickerson Montemayor
    Alicia Dickerson Montemayor
    Alicia Dickerson Montemayor was a Latin-American activist from the United States. She was the first woman elected to a national office not specifically designated for a woman, serving as vice president general of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the first woman to serve as associate...

    ; political activist and educator
  • Federico Peña
    Federico Peña
    Federico Fabian Peña is a former United States Secretary of Transportation from 1993 to 1997 and United States Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 1998, during the presidency of Bill Clinton....

    , former mayor
    Mayor
    In many countries, a Mayor is the highest ranking officer in the municipal government of a town or a large urban city....

     of Denver
    Denver, Colorado
    The City and County of Denver is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is a consolidated city-county, located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains...

    , former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Democrat
    Democratic Party (United States)
    The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

  • Ana Rodriguez (Miss Texas USA)
    Ana Rodriguez (Miss Texas USA)
    Ana Christina Rodriguez holds the title of Miss Texas USA 2011 and was 3rd runner-up to Miss USA 2011.-Personal Life:She graduated from Concordia University Texas and currently works as a preschool teacher. She has modeled for Seventeen, Pageantry and Savvy magazines.-Miss Texas USA:She represented...

     and Miss USA
    Miss USA
    The Miss USA beauty contest has been held annually since 1952 to select the United States entrant in the Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Universe Organization operates both pageants, as well as Miss Teen USA...

     finalist (finished third runner up) 2011
  • Johnny Rodriguez
    Johnny Rodriguez
    Johnny Rodriguez is an American country music singer. He was the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds, and even singing verses of songs in Spanish....

    , Tex-Mex Country
    Country music
    Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

     singer
  • Ezequiel D. Salinas
    Ezequiel D. Salinas
    Ezequiel David Salinas, Sr. , was a Mexican American Democratic state court judge from Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas, known for his advocacy of civil rights for the Hispanic community. In the late 1940s, Salinas was defeated in a race for the Texas House of Representatives but was...

     (1908–2007), state district court judge from 1950 to 1974; civil rights
    Civil rights
    Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals' freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one's ability to participate in the civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression.Civil rights include...

     activist for Hispanics
  • Antonio R. "Tony" Sanchez, Jr., Oilman and banker, 2002 Democratic candidate for Texas governor
  • José Silva
    José Silva (parapsychologist)
    José Silva was an American self-taught parapsychologist and author of the "Silva Method" and the "Silva UltraMind ESP System", intended to help people increase their IQ, develop psychic skills, and to develop the ability to heal both themselves and others remotely, using forces unknown to...

    , Parapsychologist
  • Guillermo Vela (1912–1986), U.S. Military Attaché in Mexico, first Mexico City Anchorman
  • Jack Wheeler
    Jack Wheeler
    William John "Jack" Wheeler was a professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Cheltenham Town, Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Kettering Town. He helped Huddersfield Town to promotion to the First Division, and played more than 150 matches in the Football League for the club...

     (1944-2010), co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. , was a non-profit organization established on April 27, 1979, by Jan Scruggs, Jack Wheeler, and several other Vietnam War veterans, finance the construction of a memorial to those Americans who died or were killed during the Vietnam War. The memorial was...

    ; aide to U.S. Presidents Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush
  • Judith Zaffirini
    Judith Zaffirini
    Judith Zaffirini is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate representing the 21st District, which includes her home city of Laredo. On January 9, 2007, Zaffirini became the second in seniority in the 31-member Texas Senate, where she has served since 1987...

     (born 1946), Texas state senator since 1987
  • Miles Zuniga (born Alfredo Zuniga), guitarist
    Guitarist
    A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of instruments such as classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar while singing.- Versatility :The guitarist controls an extremely...

    , singer and songwriter for the rock band Fastball
    Fastball (band)
    Fastball is an American rock band that formed in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. The band originally called themselves "Magneto U.S.A." but changed their name after signing with Hollywood Records....

  • Oscar J. Zuniga
    Oscar J. Zuniga
    Oscar J. Zuñiga, Sr. , was a registered professional engineer and land surveyor who played an important role in the construction of several residential neighborhoods in his native Laredo, Texas...

     (1922–2007), engineer
    Engineer
    An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

     and developer
  • Ruben O. Garcia (born 1959), Radio Personality
    Radio personality
    A radio personality is a person with an on-air position in radio broadcasting. A radio personality can be someone who introduces and discusses various genres of music, hosts a talk radio show that may take calls from listeners, or someone whose primary responsibility is to give news, weather,...

     started career at Top 40 station, KLAR-AM 1300
  • Edgar Valdez Villarreal, nicknamed La Barbie, Mexican-American drug lord
    Drug lord
    A drug lord, drug baron or kingpin is the term used to describe a person who controls a sizable network of persons involved in the illegal drugs trade. Such figures are often difficult to bring to justice, as they might never be directly in possession of something illegal, but are insulated from...

     and former leader of Los Negros
    Los Negros
    Los Negros was a criminal organization that was once the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel and after a switch of alliances, became the armed wing of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. On 2010 it went independent and had been contesting the control of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. It was then the criminal...


Other notable residents of Laredo

  • Steve Asmussen
    Steve Asmussen
    Steven Mark Asmussen is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. Born into a horse racing family, his parents, Keith and Marilyn "Sis" Asmussen, are both trainers who operate El Primero Training Center off the Mines Road in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas...

     (born 1965), horse breeder who won three legs of the Triple Crown
    United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing
    In the United States, the "Triple Crown" is usually the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, a series of three Thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses run in May and early June of each year consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.While Daily Racing Form...

  • Robert L. Bobbitt
    Robert L. Bobbitt
    Robert Lee Bobbitt, Sr. , was an attorney and Democratic politician from San Antonio, Texas, who served in the first half of the 20th century as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Attorney General of Texas, and chairman of the Texas Highway Department.-Early life:Named for Confederate...

     (1888–1972), politician
    Politician
    A politician, political leader, or political figure is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making...

  • Thomas Haden Church
    Thomas Haden Church
    Thomas Haden Church is an American actor. After co-starring in the 1990s sitcom Wings, Church became well known for his film roles, including his Academy Award-nominated performance in Sideways and his role as the Sandman in Spider-Man 3.-Early life:Church, the fourth of six children, was born...

    , actor
    Actor
    An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...

     in "Sideways" and sitcom Wings
    Wings (TV series)
    Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, the show was set at the fictional “Tom Nevers Field” airport, a small two-airline airport in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where the Hackett brothers...

  • Ruthe B. Cowl
    Ruthe B. Cowl
    Ruthe B. Mandell Cowl was a businesswoman and philanthropist who in 1959 established the first physical therapy and orthopedic clinic in her adopted city of Laredo, Texas. Her Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center is a private nonprofit organization that treats between 125 and 200 patients daily for...

     (1912–2008), philanthropist
    Philanthropist
    A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; that is, someone who donates his or her time, money, and/or reputation to charitable causes...

  • Joe B. Finley
    Joe B. Finley
    Joe Bartlett Finley, Jr. , was a rancher and businessman in Laredo, Texas, who in 1961 was the driving force behind the establishment of the United Independent School District, which services a large section of Webb County...

     (1924-2011), rancher, co-founder of United Independent School District
    United Independent School District
    United Independent School District is a school district headquartered in Laredo, Texas, United States.UISD serves portions of the city of Laredo, the cities of El Cenizo and Rio Bravo, and several unincorporated areas in Webb County...

  • Oliver Winfield Killam
    Oliver Winfield Killam
    Oliver Winfield Killam, also known as O.W. Killam , was a Texas oilman, a member of both houses of the Oklahoma State Legislature, a prominent civic figure, and a presidential elector in 1956 for the reelection of Dwight D. Eisenhower.-Early years:Killam was one of eight children born to David T....

     (1874–1959), Oilman, philanthropist, rancher, former Oklahoma
    Oklahoma
    Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles , Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state...

     state legislator
  • Radcliffe Killam
    Radcliffe Killam
    Radcliffe Killam , was a wealthy oilman, rancher, businessman, and philanthropist in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas. He was a particular benefactor of various educational and medical institutions. In 1997, Worth cited the Killam family as one of the largest landowners in the United...

     (1910–2007), rancher, oil
    Oil
    An oil is any substance that is liquid at ambient temperatures and does not mix with water but may mix with other oils and organic solvents. This general definition includes vegetable oils, volatile essential oils, petrochemical oils, and synthetic oils....

    man, developer
  • Janet Krueger
    Janet Krueger
    Janet Eager Krueger is an artist known for her large-scale oil paintings of South Texas ranching life. She is an associate professor of art at Texas A&M International University in Laredo and lives on a ranch in nearby Encinal, Texas, in the southwestern corner of La Salle County just north of the...

     (born 1953), artist of south Texas ranch life, professor at Texas A&M International University
  • Jack Lanza
    Jack Lanza
    John "Jack" Lanza is a retired professional wrestler. He was one half of The Blackjacks with Blackjack Mulligan in the American Wrestling Association and World Wide Wrestling Federation . He is currently a producer in WWE. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.-Career:Lanza started...

    , ex-professional wrestler, now WWE
    World Wrestling Entertainment
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company dealing primarily in professional wrestling, with major revenue sources also coming from film, music, product licensing, and direct product sales...

     producer
  • Rafael A. Lecuona
    Rafael A. Lecuona
    Rafael A. Lecuona is a former member of the Cuban gymnastics team and professor emeritus of Texas A&M International University in Laredo...

     (born 1928), former Olympic gymnast
    Gymnast
    Gymnasts are people who participate in the sports of either artistic gymnastics, trampolining, or rhythmic gymnastics.See gymnasium for the origin of the word gymnast from gymnastikos.-Female artistic:Australia...

     and retired university political science
    Political science
    Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior...

     professor
    Professor
    A professor is a scholarly teacher; the precise meaning of the term varies by country. Literally, professor derives from Latin as a "person who professes" being usually an expert in arts or sciences; a teacher of high rank...

  • B.P. Newman
    B.P. Newman
    B.P. Newman was a business entrepreneur, developer, civic leader, and philanthropist in Laredo, Texas. Newman Elementary School in Laredo is named for him.-Early years:...

     (1927–2008), businessman, developer
    Real estate development
    Real estate development, or Property Development, is a multifaceted business, encompassing activities that range from the renovation and re-lease of existing buildings to the purchase of raw land and the sale of improved land or parcels to others...

    , and philanthropist who originated Chaparral, Vista Hermosa, and Sierra Vista subdivisions
    Subdivision (land)
    Subdivision is the act of dividing land into pieces that are easier to sell or otherwise develop, usually via a plat. The former single piece as a whole is then known in the United States as a subdivision...

  • José Monti Montañez, New Menudo band member
  • Richard Peña Raymond
    Richard Raymond (Texas politician)
    Richard Peña Raymond is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives. He currently represents District 42, which encompasses western Webb County and includes most of the city of Laredo. He is Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations and is also a member of the Border...

    , state representative from Webb County since 2001; previously represented Duval County
  • Raul G. Salinas
    Raul G. Salinas
    Raúl González Salinas is a private security consultant, a businessman, and a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was first elected mayor of Laredo, Texas, on June 17, 2006...

    , mayor of Laredo since 2006; native of Alice
    Alice, Texas
    At the 2000 census, there were 19,010 people, 6,400 households and 4,915 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,597.4 per square mile . There were 6,998 housing units at an average density of 588.0 per square mile...

    , Texas
  • Crispin Sanchez
    Crispin Sanchez
    Crispin Eliseo Sanchez was a South Texas trailblazer in the fields of Mexican-American education and sports.-Early years, sports, education, military:...

     (1924–2008), educator and advocate for Mexican American
    Mexican American
    Mexican Americans are Americans of Mexican descent. As of July 2009, Mexican Americans make up 10.3% of the United States' population with over 31,689,000 Americans listed as of Mexican ancestry. Mexican Americans comprise 66% of all Hispanics and Latinos in the United States...

     issues
  • Aldo Tatangelo
    Aldo Tatangelo
    Aldo J. Tatangelo, Sr. , was the reform mayor of Laredo, Texas, who served from 1978 to 1990. Tatangelo is often credited with having obtained the paving of the "streets of Laredo"...

     (1913–2008), reform mayor
    Mayor
    In many countries, a Mayor is the highest ranking officer in the municipal government of a town or a large urban city....

     of Laredo from 1978 to 1990
  • Jerry D. Thompson
    Jerry D. Thompson
    Jerry Don Thompson is Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. He is a prolific author of books on a variety of related topics, specializing in the American Civil War, the history of the Southwestern United States, and Texas History...

     (born 1943), historian
    Historian
    A historian is a person who studies and writes about the past and is regarded as an authority on it. Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race; as well as the study of all history in time. If the individual is...

     affiliated with Texas A&M International University
  • Vidal M. Treviño
    Vidal M. Treviño
    Vidal Manuel Treviño was a longtime educator and a Democratic political powerhouse in Laredo, Texas, who served as the Laredo Independent School District superintendent between 1973 and 1995...

     (1929–2006), school superintendent and state representative
  • Robert G. Whitehead
    Robert G. Whitehead
    Robert George Whitehead was a Texas businessman who created Quaker House Products, Inc., which produced and marketed the first-aid ointment known as "Blue Star Ointment"; some 50 million jars are sold annually in the United States...

     (1916–2007), businessman/artist
    Artist
    An artist is a person engaged in one or more of any of a broad spectrum of activities related to creating art, practicing the arts and/or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only...

     who marketed "Blue Star" first-aid ointment
  • Robert A. Eads, city manager
    City manager
    A city manager is an official appointed as the administrative manager of a city, in a council-manager form of city government. Local officials serving in this position are sometimes referred to as the chief executive officer or chief administrative officer in some municipalities...

     in Del Rio
    Del Rio, Texas
    Del Rio is a border city in and the county seat of Val Verde County, Texas, United States.. Del Rio is connected with Ciudad Acuña via the Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing and Del Río-Ciudad Acuña International Bridge...


In Popular Culture

  • Johnny Rio, the main character from John Rechy
    John Rechy
    John Francis Rechy, , is an American author, the child of a half-Scottish and half-Mexican father, Roberto Rechy, and a Mexican-American mother, Guadalupe Flores. In his novels he has written extensively about homosexual culture in Los Angeles and wider America, and is among the pioneers of modern...

    's novel Numbers, lived in Laredo before going to Los Angeles
    Los Ángeles
    Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

  • The second single from the album Infinite Arms
    Infinite Arms
    -Reception and chart performance:Infinite Arms has proved a major international success for Band of Horses. It has performed well in charts in Europe, Australasia and North America, reaching the top 10 in the US, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Norway and Sweden....

     by Band of Horses
    Band of Horses
    Band of Horses, originally briefly known as Horses, are an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. They have released three studio albums, the most recent and most successful of which is 2010's Grammy nominated Infinite Arms...

     is entitled Laredo
    Laredo
    - Cities :*Laredo, Texas, United States*Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico - Towns :*Laredo, Cantabria, the original Spanish town with this name.*Laredo, La Libertad, Peru*Laredo, Missouri, United States...

    and written about experiences in the city

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