|City of Laredo|
"The Gateway City" and "The City Under Seven Flags"
|Coordinates: 27°31′28″N 99°29′26″W / 27.52444°N 99.49056°W|
|Metropolitan area||Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area|
|Settled||May 15, 1755|
|Settled as||Villa de San Agustín de Laredo|
|Founded by||Tomás Sánchez|
|• 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 
|• City manager||Horacio De Leon (interim)|
|• Police chief||Gabriel E. Martinez, Jr.|
|• 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)|
|• City||244,731 (US: 80th)|
|• Metro||259,172 (US: 178th)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CST)|
|GNIS feature ID||1339633|
|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.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Government". City of Laredo. City of Laredo. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ↑ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.