Location and Population

Laredo, Texas is 150 miles West of the deep water port of Corpus Christi: 150 miles North of highly industrialized Monterrey, Mexico; 150 miles South of San Antonio, Texas; and just across the Rio Grande River from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
 
In 2000, the Census Bureau report: in Metropolitan Statistical Area MSA terms (City plus surrounding area) Laredo’s MSA is the second fastest growing in Texas and the one of the fastest growing in the U.S.
  
During the 10 years since 1990, Laredo’s MSA population grew by 50.0% to reach 200,000 in 2000. The 2012 MSA population stands at 244,731 people in Laredo and 259,172 in all of Webb County in 2012. With over 500,000 people living just across the river in Nuevo Laredo, the Los Laredos area has a combined population of over 744,700.
 
A. Laredo-webb MSA Trends:
  • 1970                  72,859
  • 1980                  99,258 (+36.2%)
  • 1990                133,239 (+34.2%)
  • 2000                193,117 (+45.0%)
  • 2010                236,091 (+22.25%)

B. ETHNIC GROUPS:
  • Hispanic - 95.6%
  • Non-Hispanic - 4.4%

C.  AREA:
City of Laredo: 59,411 acres or 92.83 sq. mi.

County of Webb: 2,148,480 acres or3,357 sq. mi.

Topography: Relatively flat with rolling hills.

Average Elevation: 438 feet 

D.  AGE GROUP

Under 19   28.7%                 65 - over       7.9%

20-24        7.9%                 Median Age  26.9

25-44        29.6%

45-64        15.5%