Laredo, Texas

city in Webb County, Texas, United States

Laredo is a mid-sized city in southern Texas, United States established in the year 1755. Laredo has a population of 255,205. Hispanics make up 90% of the total population, and the city is largely Catholic. Laredo is a border city which is part of the bi-national metropolitan area of Laredo, Texas - Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico with a total population over 600,000. The main sources of income for Laredo is international trade, followed by retail sales.

Laredo, Texas
Downtown Laredo
Downtown Laredo
Flag of Laredo, Texas
Coat of arms of Laredo, Texas
Nickname(s): 
"The Gateway City" and "The City Under Seven Flags"
Laredo is located in Texas
Laredo
Laredo
Location within Texas
Laredo is located in the United States
Laredo
Laredo
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 27°31′25″N 99°29′25″W / 27.52361°N 99.49028°W / 27.52361; -99.49028
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyWebb
Metropolitan areaLaredo–Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
FoundedAugust 25, 1755
Settled asVilla de San Agustín de Laredo
Founded byTomás Sánchez
Named forLaredo, Spain
Government
 • TypeCouncil–manager
Area
 • City107.96 sq mi (279.61 km2)
 • Land106.49 sq mi (275.81 km2)
 • Water1.47 sq mi (3.80 km2)
 • Metro
161.76 sq mi (418.96 km2)
Elevation
438 ft (137.2 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City255,205
 • Density2,396.5/sq mi (925.3/km2)
 • Urban
251,462 (US: 163rd)[2]
 • Urban density3,916.6/sq mi (1,512.2/km2)
 • Metro
267,114 (US: 186th)
Demonyms
  • Laredoan
  • Laredense
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CST)
ZIP Codes
78040–78046, 78049
Area code956
FIPS code48-41464[3]
GNIS feature ID1339633[4]
Websitelaredotexas.gov

History

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Laredo was founded by Don Tomas Sanchez under the name of Villa de San Agustin de Laredo in 1755 in a colony called Nuevo Santander in New Spain. Today, most of Nuevo Santander is part of Texas.

 
Map of Laredo in 1892

References

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  1. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. "List of 2020 Census Urban Areas". census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2023.
  3. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.