Laredo, Texas

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City of Laredo
City

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): "The Gateway City" & "The City Under Seven Flags"
Location of Laredo in Webb County
Coordinates: 27°31′28″N 99°29′26″W / 27.52444°N 99.49056°W / 27.52444; -99.49056Coordinates: 27°31′28″N 99°29′26″W / 27.52444°N 99.49056°W / 27.52444; -99.49056
Country United States
State Texas
County Webb
Metropolitan Area Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
Settled 1755
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Raul Salinas (D)[1]
Mike Garza
Hector J. Garcia
Michael Landeck
Juan Narvaez
Johnny Rendon
Gene Belmares
Jose Valdez Jr.
Cindy Liendo Espinoza
 • City Manager Carlos R. Villarreal[2]
Area
 • City 90.01 sq mi (233.12 km2)
 • Land 88.91 sq mi (230.27 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (2.85 km2)  1.30%
 • Metro 161.76 sq mi (418.96 km2)
Elevation 438 ft (137.2 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 236,091 (81st)
 • Density 2,655.39/sq mi (1,025.27/km2)
 • Metro 636,516
 • Metro density 3,934.94/sq mi (1,519.27/km2)
 • Demonym Laredoan
  metro area includes Laredo, Texas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Colombia, Nuevo León, & Villa Hidalgo, Coahuila
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
Zip Code 78040, 78041, 78042, 78043, 78044, 78045, 78046, 78049
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-41464[3]
GNIS feature ID 1339633[4]
Laredo Airport: Laredo International Airport KLRD (LRD)

Laredo is a mid-sized city in southern Texas, United States established in the year 1755. Laredo has a population of 207,787. 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 of 575,585. The main sources of income for Laredo is international trade, followed by retail sales.

History[change | change source]

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

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