Laredo, Texas

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Laredo, Texas
City of Laredo
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Coat of arms of Laredo, Texas
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Nickname(s): "The Gateway City" and "The City Under Seven Flags"
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Laredo, Texas is located in the US
Laredo, Texas
Laredo, Texas
Location in the contiguous United States
Coordinates: 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 May 15, 1755
Settled as Villa de San Agustín de Laredo
Founded by Tomás Sánchez
 • Type Council-manager
 • City council Mayor Pete Saenz (Democrat in nonpartisan position)
Laredo City Council:
(1) Rudy Gonzalez, Jr.
(2) Vidal Rodriguez
(3) Alejandro Perez, Jr.
(4) Alberto Torres, Jr.
(5) Nelly Vielma
(6) Charlie San Miguel
(7) George Altgelt
(8) Roberto Balli [1]
 • City manager Horacio De Leon (interim)
 • Police chief Gabriel E. Martinez, Jr.[2]
 • City 102.6 sq mi (265.7 km2)
 • Land 101.1 sq mi (261.8 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Metro 161.76 sq mi (418.96 km2)
Elevation 438 ft (137.2 m)
Population (2012)
 • City 244,731 (US: 80th)
 • Metro 259,172 (US: 178th)
 • Demonym Laredoan
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC−5)
ZIP code 78040–78046, 78049
Area code 956
FIPS code 48-41464[3]
GNIS feature ID 1339633[4]
Airport Laredo International Airport KLRD (LRD)
Interstates I-35 (TX).svg Interstate 69W
U.S. Routes US 59.svg US 83.svg

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Government". City of Laredo. City of Laredo. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. Mikaela Rodriguez, "It's Chief Garner: UISD chief is new top cop at Laredo Police Department", Laredo Morning Times, March 19, 2013, p. 1, 11A
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.