|City Of Laredo|
|Nickname(s): "The Gateway City" & "The City Under Seven Flags"|
|Metropolitan Area||Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area|
|• City Council||Mayor Raul G. Salinas (Democrat in nonpartisan position)
Charlie San Miguel
Jorge A. Vera
Cindy Liendo Espinoza
|• City Manager||Carlos R. Villarreal|
|• Police Chief||Ray Garner|
|• 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)|
|• City||244,731 (US: 81st)|
|• Density||2,655.39/sq mi (1,025.27/km2)|
|• Metro||259,172 (US: 178th)|
|• Metro density||3,934.94/sq mi (1,519.27/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CST (UTC-5)|
|Zip Code||78040 - 78046, 78049|
|GNIS feature ID||1339633|
|Laredo Airport:||Laredo International Airport KLRD (LRD)|
|Website||City of Laredo|
Laredo (// lə-RAY-doh; Spanish: [laˈɾeðo]) is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 236,191 making it the tenth most populous city in the state of Texas and 3rd most populated on the United States-Mexican border, after San Diego and El Paso. Its metropolitan area is the 178th-largest United States metropolitan area and covers all of Webb county, with a population of 250,304. Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area with an estimate population of 636,516.
Laredo's economy is based on international trade with Mexico. Most major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo. The city's location on the southern end of I-35 close to the manufacturers in northern Mexico promotes its vital role in trade between the two nations. Laredo International Airport is within the Laredo city limits, while the Quetzalcoatl International Airport is nearby in Nuevo Laredo on the Mexican side.
Laredo has the distinction of flying seven flags (the Flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande in addition to the Six Flags of Texas). Founded in 1755, Laredo grew from a villa to the capital of the brief Republic of the Rio Grande to the largest inland port on the United States-Mexican Border. Today, it has four international bridges and one railway bridge.
Laredo has a professional soccer team, the Heat; baseball team, the Laredo Lemurs; and a women's full contact football team, the Laredo Roses. Texas A&M International University and Laredo Community College are located in Laredo.
The biggest festival, Washington's Birthday Celebration is held all month long during February, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists. The Jalapeño Festival, Border Beer Fest, Stockmen's Ball, Princess Pocahontas Pageant, Mr. South Texas Luncheon, an air show, and two major parades are all held in conjunction with the Washington's birthday events.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Arts and culture
- 6 Sports
- 6.1 Laredo Heat
- 6.2 Laredo Honey Badgers
- 6.3 Laredo Lemurs
- 6.4 Laredo Roses
- 6.5 Stadiums and arenas
- 7 Recreational
- 8 Government
- 9 Education
- 10 Media
- 11 Infrastructure
- 12 Notable people
- 13 Sister cities
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Villa de San Agustin de Laredo was founded in 1755 by Don Tomás Sánchez while the area was part of the Nuevo Santander region in the Spanish colony of New Spain. Villa de San Agustin de Laredo got its name from Laredo, Cantabria, Spain and in honor of Saint Augustine of Hippo. In 1840, Laredo was the capital of the independent Republic of the Rio Grande, set up in opposition to Antonio López de Santa Anna and brought back into Mexico by military force. In 1846, during the Mexican-American War the town was occupied by the Texas Rangers. After the war, the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ceded the land to the United States. A referendum was taken in the town, which voted to petition the American military government in charge of the area to return the town to Mexico. This petition was rejected, and the bulk of the population moved over the river into Mexican territory to found Nuevo Laredo. In 1849, the military set up Fort McIntosh (originally Camp Crawford). Laredo was rechartered as a city in 1852.
The origin of name of the original Spanish town of Laredo is unclear. Some scholars say the name stems from Glaretum which means "sandy, rocky place". Others state that Laredo stems from a Basque word meaning "beautiful pastures". Laredo might also stem from the latin Larida which means gull.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 79.6 square miles (206.0 km²), of which, 78.5 square miles (203.2 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it (1.37%) is water.
Laredo is located on the west end of the Rio Grande Plains, south of the Edwards Plateau, west of the Coastal Plains, and east of the Mexican Mountains. The area consists of a few hills and flat land covered with grass, oak, and mesquite.
Bodies of water
Notable geographic features are the Rio Grande and Chacon Creek's man-made reservoir, Lake Casa Blanca, in Lake Casa Blanca International State Park. The lake is 371 acres (1.5 km2) of land and 1,650 acres (7 km2) of water. There are six major creeks Chacon Creek, San Ildefonso Creek, San Ygnacio Creek, Santa Isabel Creek, Sombrerillito Creek, and Zacate Creek, all of which drain into the Rio Grande. Several man-made reservoirs include the San Ildefonso Creek Lake (second largest reservoir), and the Sombrerillito Creek Lake (third largest reservoir).
|Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas||373,725||0 mi|
|Monclova, Coahuila||198,819||124 mi (200 km)|
|Monterrey, Nuevo Leon||4,080,329||125 mi (201 km)|
|Reynosa, Tamaulipas||589,466||130 mi (210 km)|
|Corpus Christi, Texas||305,215||131 mi (211 km)|
|San Antonio, Texas||1,327,407||154 mi (248 km)|
|Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas||449,815||167 mi (269 km)|
|Saltillo, Coahuila||709,671||181 mi (291 km)|
Laredo's weather is semi-arid during the summer and mild during the winter. The climate is considered to be hot semi-arid (Köppen: BSh). Its weather is affected by the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains to the west, the Gulf of Mexico to the east, and the Chihuahuan Desert of Northern Mexico and West Texas. Moisture from the Pacific is cut off by the Mexican mountain range.
Because of its geographic location, Laredo's weather can range from long periods of heat to sudden, violent storms in a short period of time. Laredo winters are cold by south Texas standards: with average daytime highs of approximately 66 °F (19 C) and average overnight lows of 43 °F (6 C). Although snowfall is rare in Laredo, it was experienced on Christmas morning in 2004 and in February 2011.
Laredo experiences an average high temperature of about 101 °F (38 C), and an average low of about 75 °F (24 C) during summer, and 22 inches (560 mm) of rain per year. As Laredo sometimes undergoes drought, a water conservation ordinance was implemented in 2003.
|Climate data for Laredo, Texas (1981−2010 normals)|
|Average high °F (°C)||67.0
|Average low °F (°C)||46.1
|Precipitation inches (mm)||0.88
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||6.0||5.3||4.4||4.2||5.3||5.1||4.8||5.1||6.7||4.4||4.3||5.6||61.3|
Texas Almanac: 1850-2010 
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the racial composition of Laredo was as follows:
- Whites: 87.7%
- Black or African American: 0.5%
- Native American: 0.4%
- Asian: 0.6%
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.00%
- Two or more races: 1.5%
- other races 9.3%
Ethnically, the city was:
- Hispanic or Latino (of any race) - 95.6%
According to the 2010 Census, the vast majority of Laredo's population is ethnically of Hispanic (of any race) origin, with 95.6%. Only 4.4% of the population was of non-Hispanic/Latino (3.4% non-Hispanic White, 0.2% non-Hispanic Black or African American, 0.6% non-Hispanic Asian, 0.1% from some other race (non-Hispanic) and 0.1% of two or more races (non-Hispanic)).
In the 2005 estimate, there were 99,675 males and 108,112 females. The average household contained 3.69 occupants. The population density was 2,250.5 people per square mile (868.9/km²).
There were a total of 60,816 households, of which 56,247 or 92.5% were occupied: 33,832 were owner occupied units and 22,415 were renter occupied units. 62.0% were married couples living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.7% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.69 and the average family size was 4.18
The city's population is 35.5% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,019, and the median income for a family was $32,577. The per capita income for the city was $12,269. 29.2% of families were below the poverty line.
As a result of Laredo's location in North America, Interstate Highway 35 / Mexican Federal Highway 85, the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), dozens of twin assembly plants, and dozens of import export agencies to expedite trade, Laredo is the largest inland port in the United States, and Nuevo Laredo the largest in Latin America. Laredo is a shopping destination for Mexican shoppers from Northern Mexico.
More than 47 percent of United States international trade headed for Mexico and more than 36 percent of Mexican international trade crosses through the Laredo port of entry. Laredo's economy and lifestyle revolves around commercial and industrial warehousing, import, and export. As a major player of international trade, Laredo benefited from the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Laredo port of entry consists of four international bridges (with a proposed fifth one) crossing the Rio Grande into the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon.
Retail sales attract shoppers from Northern Mexico and South Texas. There is one indoor shopping mall located in Laredo, Mall del Norte, one currently being built, The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo and one in the planning stages, Laredo Town Center, and dozens of shopping centers. The Streets of Laredo Urban Mall is an association created by businesses on Iturbide St. in the San Agustin historical district to beautify and renovate the area.
- Mall Del Norte 1,198,199 sq ft (111,316.3 m2)
- The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo 380,000 sq ft (35,000 m2)
- Streets of Laredo Urban Mall
Labor market information
As of October 2007, Laredo's labor market was in the following industries by percentage of number employed: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (32%), Information (1%), Financial Activity (5%), Professional and Business Services (6%), Education and Health Services (15%), Leisure and Hospitality (10%), Government (23%), Mining and Construction (5%), Manufacturing (2%), and Other Services (2%).
Laredo has increased the number of non-agricultural jobs from 55,100 in January 1996 to 86,600 in October 2007. Laredo has experienced a higher job growth rate (2%-6.5%) than the state as a whole because of expanded international trade through the North American Free Trade Agreement. In 2007, Laredo experienced a job growth rate of 2.5%. As of October 2007, the Laredo unemployment rate was 4.1% or 3,700 unemployed persons as compared to 3.9% in Texas statewide. This is a significant drop since the mid-1990s when Laredo's unemployment was over 15%.
Laredo has had positive job market growth since the mid-1990s; setbacks in the Mining (oil/gas) industry shifted a few thousand workers to other industries such as international trade and construction. Many large employers in the oil and gas industries shut down operations in Laredo and across Texas and shifted to foreign countries. The same effect occurred in the garment industry (Levis and Haggar) along the Texas border area, but Laredo experienced the closing of the one and only garment-producing company (Barry) of about three hundred workers. Laredo's strong job growth rate in retail and transportation services limited the adverse effects of long-term unemployment in the few massive layoffs of the late 1990s. Laredo's vulnerability continue to exist in international trade due to unforeseen changes to Mexico's economy, immigration laws (along with daily border crossings: shoppers and commercial trade) and terrorism as the result of September 11.
In 2014, Laredo was, according to the financial research company NerdWallet, the worst-paying city for women in the United States, with an average annual salary of $24,700, compared to nearly $35,000 for men. The gender pay gap in Laredo increased 25 percent between 2007 and 2012. Only the wealthy city of Frisco in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, had a greater pay gap within Texas than did Laredo. According to census reports, Laredo has a 30 percent rate of poverty. Laredo households with children under the age of eighteen headed by women have a 51 percent poverty rate. The San Jose, California, area, with an average pay of $56,000, ranked first nationally.
|United Independent School District||Education||6,179|
|Laredo Independent School District||Education||4,500|
|City of Laredo||Government||2,371|
|Laredo Sector Border Patrol||Immigration||2,000|
|Laredo Medical Center||Health care||1,300|
|Texas A&M International University||Education||1,215|
|Doctors Hospital||Health Care||811|
|International Bank of Commerce||Financial Services||661|
|Stripes Convenience Stores||Retail/Convenience||337|
|Laredo Entertainment Center||Entertainment||293|
|Falcon International Bank||Financial Services||292|
Arts and culture
The Washington's Birthday Celebration (WBCA) is a month-long event that celebrates George Washington's Birthday. It is the largest annual celebration of its kind in the United States, with 400,000 attendees. It was founded in 1898 by the Improved Order of Red Men, local chapter Yaqui Tribe #59. The first celebration was a success, and its popularity grew rapidly; in 1923 it received its state charter. In 1924, the Celebration held its first Colonial Pageant, which featured 13 girls from Laredo, representing the 13 original colonies. The celebration includes parades, a carnival, an air show, fireworks, live concerts, and a city-wide prom during which many of Laredo's elite dress in very formal attire. The related Jalapeño Festival is one of the United States' top 10 eating festivals.
Jamboozie is held in late January in downtown Laredo as part of the Washington Birthday Celebrations. Similar to New Orleans' Mardi Gras, the Jamboozie is a colorful event, with many people dressed in beads, masks, and flamboyant outfits.
The month of March is observed in honor of the Mexican-American labor organizer Cesar Chavez. A march, organized by the local League of United Latin American Citizens, is held downtown the last Saturday morning of March to remember Chavez for United Farm Workers, which in the 1960s and 1970s organized migrant laborers to obtain improved working conditions.
Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum is located in the downtown historical district next to the historic La Posada Hotel. What was once the Capitol building now showcases memorabilia from the short lived Republic of the Rio Grande. It displays pictures, books, and furniture from the 19th century Laredo area, and offers guided tours for school-age children and adults year-round. Because of this Republic, Laredo had flown seven flags instead of the traditional Six Flags over Texas.
The Laredo Center for the Arts is located in downtown Laredo. The building houses three galleries: the Goodman Gallery, the Laredo Art League Gallery and the Lilia G. Martinez Gallery. The Center for the Arts, located in the former City Hall offices known as "The Mercado," displays regional artwork and provides community events for children and adults. The Laredo Little Theater provides Laredo with live stage performances. The theater also hosts comedians.
Imaginarium of South Texas (formerly Laredo Children's Museum), located in Mall del Norte, provides a hands-on experience with science, technology, and art for Laredo's youth. A second museum is planned on the Texas A&M International University campus.
The Nuevo Santander Museum Complex is composed of restored buildings of Fort McIntosh, a historical collection of photographs of the fort, the main guardhouse, which contains World War I (1914–1918) memorabilia, and a science and technology museum.
The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center Planetarium is located on the Texas A&M International University campus. The Planetarium surrounds audiences in a dome with an accurate image of the night sky showing all the motions and cycles of the Sun, Moon, planets, and constellations in the sky.
The Laredo Public Library was first housed on the second floor of the City Hall, now known as the Market Hall, in 1916. In 1974, the Laredo Public Library moved to the historic Bruni Plaza in downtown Laredo. In 1993, the citizens of Laredo approved the construction of a new main library, which opened its doors on February 1, 1998. The Laredo Public Library, which still uses the Dewey decimal system, has a 60,000 sq ft (6,000 m2). main library and two branches. The main library is located in central Laredo; the Bruni Plaza Branch is located downtown east of Washington Street, and the Santo Niño Branch is located in south Laredo. Two new libraries will open in 2014, one in northwest Laredo, the Fasken Library on March 14, and another in the south sometime in July.
The city is populated with both adult and family entertainment, such as bars, nightclubs, sports fields, movie theaters, family restaurants, and other entertainment venues.
Around the Springfield area, several restaurant/bars have set up residence. Some of these places include Agave Azul, Cosmos, Old No.2 and Lima Sol. This area has proven to be especially popular with the college crowd.
Churches and architecture
Most of Laredo's architecture is of Spanish Colonial, American, and Mexican flavor. Most of Laredo's Spanish Colonial style buildings are located in downtown Laredo. More modern American architecture can be seen along Interstate Highway 35 as well as in the downtown area.
Heavily Roman Catholic in church affiliation, Laredo has impressive houses of worship. The oldest congregation, now San Agustin Cathedral, on the downtown historic plaza, dates to the founding of the city in 1755. The striking building we see today was begun in 1871. Our Lady of Guadalupe is an imposing structure in Romanesque Revival Lombard (North Italian) style. It was designed by Leo M. J. Dielmann of San Antonio, a popular architect of Catholic buildings, and built for a Mexican-American and Hispanic congregation in the inner-city, at San Jorge Avenue and Callaghan St. Dielmann was commissioned by Church authorities to design churches for similar congregations in Houston and San Antonio. He also did the San Agustin parish school, and may have had a hand in the San Agustin church itself.
Other Catholic churches of note include Blessed Sacrament and Christ the King, both in the Heights neighborhood, St. John Neumann Church at Hillside Road and Springfield Avenue, San Martin de Porres at 1704 Sandman Street near the municipal water tower, and the large St. Patrick Catholic Church on Del Mar Boulevard, founded in 1970 and renovated in 2009. The Catholic diocese office, the headquarters of Bishop James Tamayo, is located on Corpus Christi Street north of Guadalupe Street. San Luis Rey Catholic Church at the intersection of Sanders and San Jose opened on September 16, 1951. Outside is a flowered prayer shrine. The congregation of the Church of the Redeemer, at the intersection of Main and Garcia streets downtown, observed its centennial on August 29, 2009. Its building is another work by Leo M.J. Dielmann.
Both the First United Methodist Church, in 1949, and the Christ Church Episcopal, were designed by Henry Steinbomer, a popular and prolific San Antonio architect who is credited with more than 100 churches and related buildings during the 1940s and 50s, from the Lower Rio Grande Valley mostly in South and West Texas, from the Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Angelo to Union Church in Monterrey, Mexico.
The homeless and other indigent are served downtown through Bethany House, established in 1982 by Roman Catholic priest Father Charles M. McNaboe (1929–1996).
National Register of Historic Places sites
- Barrio Azteca Historic District
- Fort McIntosh
- San Augustin de Laredo Historic District
- Hamilton Hotel, architects Atlee B. Ayers and Robert Ayers
- U.S. Post Office, Court House, and Custom House
- Webb County Courthouse, finished 1909 to designs in the Beaux-Arts style by renowned architect Alfred Giles
List of the tallest buildings
|Rank||Building Name||Height||Floors||Year Built|
|01||Hamilton Hotel||150 ft (46 m)||12||1923|
|02||San Agustin Cathedral||141 ft (43 m)||N/A||1872|
|03||Rio Grande Plaza||–||15||1975|
|04||Holiday Inn Laredo||–||14||1984|
|05||Laredo National Bank||–||10||1926|
|06||Senior Citizens Home||–||8||–|
|07||Laredo Medical Center||–||7||1999|
Laredo in multimedia
Film and television
Streets of Laredo is a 1949 western film starring William Holden, Macdonald Carey and William Bendix as three outlaws who rescue a young girl, played by Mona Freeman. When they become separated, two reluctantly become Texas Rangers, while the third continues on a life of crime.
In the 1957 Christmas episode entitled "Laredo" of NBC's western television series, Tales of Wells Fargo, series character Jim Hardie (Dale Robertson) must track gunrunners across the United States/Mexican border, a quest which keeps him from spending the holiday with friends in Laredo as he had intended. The episode stars Henry Rowland, Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., Karl Swenson, and Pierre Watkin.
In 1958, ABC aired the second episode, "Ambush in Laredo", of the 17-part miniseries, Texas John Slaughter starring Tom Tryon, with Chris Alcaide and Judson Pratt, broadcast as part of Walt Disney Presents.
The 1959 western film, Gunmen from Laredo, stars Robert Knapp, Walter Coy, Paul Birch, and Ron Hayes in the story of a man seeking revenge for the murder of his wife. He winds up in prison on a false murder charge, but the marshal allows him to escape to pursue the man who killed his wife.
In the episode "Cactus Lady" (February 21, 1961) of the NBC western television series, Laramie, it is revealed that series regular Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller, had been nearly hanged by mistake in the border city of Laredo c. 1870 because of the McCanles gang, played by Arthur Hunnicutt, L.Q. Jones, Harry Dean Stanton, and Anita Sands. In the story line, the gang arrives suddenly in Laramie.
From 1965 to 1967, NBC aired an hour-long western television series entitled, Laredo, with the actors Philip Carey, William Smith, Peter Brown, and Neville Brand. A spinoff of The Virginian, Laredo, with elements of comedy, focuses on Texas Rangers in the border country. It is available on DVD.Laredo is also broadcast at 2 p.m. Eastern on weekdays on the Encore Westerns Channel, having filled the time slot previously occupied by double episodes of the ABC/Warner Brothers series, Lawman, which also co-stars Peter Brown.
Eddie Macon (Schneider) was wrongly convicted of a crime. While performing at a prison rodeo in Huntsville, Texas, he escapes and heads for the border, hoping to join his family in Mexico. Marzack (Douglas) is a cop in hot pursuit of Eddie, determined to put him back in jail. Eddie has no transportation, so he takes the journey on foot. He ends up in the woods, where he is nearly killed. He meets Jilly Buck, a bored rich girl who agrees to help him because it's "just a slow Wednesday." Filmed in 1986.
Lone Star is a 1996 American mystery film written and directed by John Sayles and set in a small town in Texas. The ensemble cast features Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, and Elizabeth Peña and deals with a sheriff's investigation into the murder of one of his predecessors. The movie was filmed in Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Laredo,Texas.
Laredo is a city that has been the subject of several songs in popular culture. One of the most popular songs is the "Streets of Laredo", originally known as "A Cowboy's Lament" and written by Frank H. Maynard, who lived mostly in Colorado. It has been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Waylon Jennings, and Roy Rogers, and is even featured in a Charlie's Angels episode ("Pretty Angels all in a Row", Season 2, Episode 3). On October 28, 1958, in the episode "The Ghost" of the ABC/WB western series, Sugarfoot, the "The Streets of Laredo" is performed by the child actor Tommy Rettig.
Ranked at the top of the charts in 1978 in several countries in Europe is Baccara's "The Devil Sent You to Laredo".
"Laredo" is a song from the album Infinite Arms, released by Band of Horses in 2010.
"Laredo Tornado" is a track from Electric Light Orchestra's 1974 concept album Eldorado. It uses the idea of missing the 'happy hunting grounds' of Laredo as a metaphor for the protagonist's loss of his dream-world.
Joe Ely has a song and album entitled "Letter to Laredo".
The Laredo Heat is a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League team. The team's home stadium is the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex. The team was founded in 2004. It plays in the Mid-South Division of the Southern Conference In the 2006 season the Laredo Heat finished Runner-up yet made it only to the first round of the Open Cup. In the 2007 season, the Laredo Heat were the Southern Conference champions. And in 2007 Laredo heat won its first PDL Championship.
Laredo Honey Badgers
The Laredo Honey Badgers, is professional indoor soccer team to be based in Laredo, Texas. Founded in April 2013, the team is expected to make its debut in the Professional Arena Soccer League with the 2013–14 season. The team will play its home games at the Laredo Energy Arena. The official name and colors (black and chrome) of the team were decided with fan participation.
The Laredo Lemurs, a professional baseball team based in Laredo, played their first season in the independent American Association in 2012. They won the South Division in their inaugural season, but were eliminated in the first playoff round. They play their home games at Uni-Trade Stadium.
The Laredo Roses are a professional women's full contact football team in the South Texas Sugar N Spice Football League that began play in the 2012 season. The Roses play their home games at the Uni-Trade Stadium. The female players use short shorts and halfcut jerseys during games.
|Laredo Heat||Soccer||USL PDL||TAMIU Soccer Complex||2004||1 (2006)|
|Laredo Honey Badgers||Indoor Soccer||Professional Arena Soccer League||Laredo Energy Arena||2013|
|Laredo Lemurs||Baseball||AAIPB||Uni-Trade Stadium||2011|
|Laredo Roses||Women's Football||SNSFL||Uni-Trade Stadium||2012|
|Laredo Apaches||Baseball||TLL||Veterans Field||0||1995|
|Laredo Broncos||Baseball||ULB||Veterans Field||0||2006 - 10|
|Laredo Bucks||Ice hockey||CHL||Laredo Energy Arena||2||2002 - 12|
|Laredo Law||Arena football||AF2||Laredo Energy Arena||0||2003 - 04|
|Laredo Lobos||Arena football||AF2||Laredo Energy Arena||0||2005 - 07|
|Laredo Rattlesnakes||Arena football||LSFL||Laredo Energy Arena||0||2011 - 13|
|Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos||Baseball||MBL||Veterans Field||5||1985 - 04|
|Toros de Los Dos Laredos||Basketball||LNBP||Laredo Energy Arena||2||2007 - 13|
Stadiums and arenas
Laredo Energy Arena
The Laredo Energy Arena, formerly Laredo Entertainment Center, is located at Loop 20 and Jacaman Road. The LEA was strongly pushed to fruition by former Laredo Mayor Betty Flores. LEA was home to the former Laredo Bucks. The 178,000-square-foot (16,500 m2), $36.5 million facility seats 8,002 people for ice hockey and arena football, and up to 10,000 for concerts. It has fourteen luxury suites, four meeting rooms and a private club for two hundred charter members. It was completed in mid-2002 through an increase in the Laredo sales tax of .25 percent. Sports that can be played at the LEA include Hockey, Arena Football, Indoor Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, and Boxing. The arena also hosts many events such as The Laredo Hunting and Fishing Show, Miss Texas USA, Laredo Home and Garden Show, and high school graduation ceremonies. Well-known artists and bands that have performed in the arena include Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Kesha, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Tool, Aerosmith, Kiss, Elton John, Styx, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Martin, George Lopez, T.I., Ludacris, Cher, Hilary Duff and WWE.
The Uni-Trade Stadium is Laredo's newest baseball field. The stadium is located near the Laredo Energy Arena. The project was first approved by the city council and was voted in favor of (with 61.32% of the votes in favor 38.68% against) constructing it with money collected since 2004 by a .25 percent sales tax increase. There is a surplus of about $15 million. The stadium will be home to the Laredo Lemurs.
Student Activity Complex
Student Activity Complex is located on State Highway 359. It is utilized for United Independent School District's students. It was opened in the summer of 2002 and it contains the city's first artificial grass stadium. The SAC was also the home of the Laredo Heat. The capacity is 8,500 spectators. Sports played at the SAC include football, soccer, and baseball.
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex
Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex (also known as Dustdevil Field and TAMIU Soccer Complex) was built in 2006 and renovated in 2007. The soccer complex is located at the Texas A&M International University campus. The complex has two soccer stadiums with a seating capacity of four thousand each. The Dustdevil Field is the new home stadium to the 2007 champion team Laredo Heat member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL) and the TAMIU Dustdevils women and men's soccer teams member of the Heartland Conference, NCAA Division II.
The original Shirley Field was located next to the Civic Center and R&T Martin High School on San Bernardo Avenue. It was built in 1937, along with Martin High School. Shirley Field was the location for outdoor athletics for Laredo Independent School District and also hosts the annual Border Olympics events. It seats up to about 6,000 fans with additional seating at the 2 endzones. Professional Mexican soccer teams have played various exhibition games here, noting that the real grass allows for "better" soccer games. The various sports played on the stadium are football, soccer and track & field events. Major renovations are slated for this historic stadium. On November 2009 Shirley Field was demolished and was rebuilt by the 2011 football season. The total cost of the reconstruction was $12,000,000 and it now seats 8,000 fans and features artificial turf.
Krueger Field is located in north Laredo and is owned by United Independent School District. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 and is used to play football and soccer high school games. It is home to United High School's and John B. Alexander High School's football and soccer teams.
Veterans Field is a baseball park which was previously known as West Martin Field. Its capacity is about 5,000. Major renovation is happening to update the 1950 ball park. Veterans Field was also the home to the five-time champion Mexican Baseball League team Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos from 1985 to 2003. Veterans Field is also home to the Texas A&M International University's Heartland Conference NCAA Division II Dustdevils baseball team.
Laredo Civic Center
Prior to the construction of the Laredo Entertainment Center most major concerts and shows were performed at the Laredo Civic Center. The Laredo Civic Center complex has an auditorium with 1,979 seats and a banquet and exhibit hall with 1,635 seats.
Lake Casa Blanca
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, located on Loop 20, contains a 1,680-acre (7 km2) artificial lake along with cooking out, camping, picnicking, lake swimming, skiing, boating, and mountain biking. The most popular recreational use of the lake is fishing. A boat ramp and fishing pier is available on the eastern side of the lake. The lake is a popular destination for winter Texans. The park was operated by the City of Laredo and Webb County before it was acquired by the state in 1990 and opened in March 1991.
Laredo has three 18-hole golf courses: the Laredo Country Club, the Casa Blanca Golf Course. and Laredo's newset course Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course. The Laredo Country Club is an 18-hole private course that features 7,125 yards (6,515 m) of golf. The golf course has a rating of 74.6, a slope rating of 133, and has a par of 72. The country club was designed by Joseph S. Finger and was opened in 1983. The Casa Blanca Golf Course is an 18-hole course that features 6,590 yards (6,030 m) of golf. The golf course has a rating of 72.5, a slope rating of 125, and has a par of 72. The golf course was designed by Leon Howard and was opened in 1967. The Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole course that features 7,200 yards (6,600 m) of golf. The golf course has a par of 72. The golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects and was opened in 2012.
Parks, recreational centers, plazas, and baseball fields
The City of Laredo owns eight recreational centers, thirty-four developed parks, twenty-two undeveloped parks or under construction, five baseball fields, and four plazas. The parks total area is 618 acres (2.50 km2).
David B. Barkley Plaza
A memorial honoring the forty-one Hispanic soldiers who have received the Medal of Honor was built in Laredo, Texas in 2002. The plaza was named after the only Laredo Medal of Honor recipient David B. Barkley. The David B. Barkley Plaza has a bronze statue of David B. Barkley and an American flag measuring 100 ft by 50 ft and is 308 ft tall making it the tallest flagpole in the United States. The memorial is located at .
City of Laredo Shiloh Trail
Relatively new to Laredoans, this mountain bike trail is approximately 4 miles of single-track dirt trails, widening occasionally to double-track. Some technical parts make this trail challenging, but not impossible for beginners who can briefly walk their bikes before getting on their way again. Thorned shrubs and cacti encompass bikers, so be careful! The trail is well-marked and improvements continue to be seen as the months go by. The trail is located off Shiloh Road at the end of Livingston Road.
Laredo and Webb County are overwhelmingly Democratic in political complexion, but voter turnout is often below average, rarely even half of the number of registered voters. Even in weak Democratic years, Webb County voters remain party loyalists. Republicans rarely even offer candidates for county offices. Webb County Republican chairman Randy Blair of Laredo said that his party attracts its voters from competitive races for state and national office: "It takes more people coming out to vote to give the candidates an opportunity here. ... [Texas] is still a red state, and I think we'll hold a lot of offices statewide and bounce back in the next election."
More than fifty Democratic candidates from Webb County will contest county, state, and national office in the primary election set for March 4, 2014. No Webb County Republicans filed for office, but Republican primary contests are competitive within Webb County for such races as governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator, and agriculture commissioner.
The Laredo city government is a strong city council – weak mayor system. The mayor presides over the eight-member city council, but he/she may only vote to break a tie. City Council elections are based on single-member districts and campaigns have no party affiliations. Municipal elections are now held in November (formerly in May) of even-numbered years. The municipal government is administered by the city manager hired by the city council. All city elected offices have a four-year term and are nonpartisan though most officials have a Democrat party preference or affiliation.
The current mayor, Democrat Raul G. Salinas, was elected in 2006 to succeed his fellow term-limited Democrat, Betty Flores. In his bid for a second term, Salinas defeated then city council members Jose A. Valdez, Jr., and Gene Belmares in the 2010 elections. Salinas is term limited and will leave office in January 2015; he is, meanwhile, a candidate for Webb County treasurer against the incumbent Delia Perales in the runoff election scheduled for May 27, 2014.
City council members receive a monthly gross salary of $1,000 plus $750 monthly for maintaining a home office, $150 per month for a city cell phone, and $750 monthly for fuel expenses. The annual total compensation is hence $31,800.
State and federal representation
The United States District Court is based downtown in a relatively new building next to the Webb County Courthouse.
The United States Border Patrol Laredo Sector Headquarters is at 207 W. Del Mar Blvd, Laredo, Texas.
The United States Postal Service operates its main Post Office at 2700 East Saunders Street south of Laredo International Airport. Postal branches are located downtown and at 2395 East Del Mar Boulevard.
The Texas Army National Guard armory is located at 6001 E. Bob Bullock Loop 20 Laredo, TX.
In March 2014, it was reported that Laredo and Webb County have a child abuse rate at nearly double the state average. In 2012-2013, 515 child clients were served by the Children's Advocacy Center in Laredo, 105 for physical abuse and 360 for sexual abuse. Statewide, 9.3 percent of children have been victims of physical abuse, but in Laredo the rate is 17 to 21 percent. A special investigator for Child Protective Services said that he now sees two to three cases per day of such inflictions.
Elementary and secondary
The Laredo Independent School District (LISD) serves the areas in central Laredo. The LISD high schools are Cigarroa High School, Martin High School, J. W. Nixon High School and the Laredo Early College High School. LISD also contains three magnet schools: Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School, LISD Magnet for Engineering and Technology Education, and Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts.
The United Independent School District serves the rest of Laredo and northern Webb County. The UISD high schools are John B. Alexander High School, Lyndon B. Johnson High School, United High School, and United South High School. UISD has three magnet schools: John B. Alexander Health Science Magnet, United Engineering Magnet, and the United South Business Magnet. There are thirty-nine schools within UISD and more are under construction and/or in the development stage. United ISD is one of the fastest growing districts in the state, serving almost forty thousand students and covering an area the physical size of Rhode Island.
The city is also served by eight private schools:
- Saint Augustine High School, Catholic school, 9th-12th
- Laredo Christian Academy, Assemblies of God, Grades PK–12th
- United Day School, nonpartisan, PK-8th
- Mary Help of Christians School, Catholic school, PK-8th
- Blessed Sacrament School, Catholic school, PK-7th
- Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Catholic school, PK-6th
- St. Peter Memorial School, Catholic school, PK-6th
- Saint Augustine School, Catholic school, now elementary and middle, PK-8th, established 1928, enrollment 485 (2008)
- Ursuline Academy, Catholic school established 1868
The city also has three charter schools
Colleges and universities
The Laredo Community College is a two-campus institution which offers two-year Associate's degrees. The main campus is located at the western end of downtown Laredo near the Rio Grande, on the site of the former Fort McIntosh. This fort played a major role in the development of Laredo, as it served to protect the community from Indian raids in its early history. Several of the old buildings at the fort were converted into classrooms, but after renovation programs nearly all of the campus structures are now modern. The smaller, newer second campus, Laredo Community College South Campus, is located in south Laredo along U. S. Route 83.
The Texas A&M International University is a 4/6 year university that offers bachelor's and master's degrees. On April 22, 2004, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin, Texas provided its approval for Texas A&M International University to grant its first Ph.D. in International Business Administration. TAMIU’s College of Business Administration has been named an outstanding business school in The Princeton Review’s "Best 282 Business Schools," 2007 Edition, and ranked third in the nation for the category: “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.” The university's campus is located in Northeast Laredo along Loop 20. The university was once an extension of Texas A&I-Kingsville and later the former Laredo State University. Prior to its current location along Bob Bullock Loop 20, the university was housed with the Laredo Community College downtown campus.
The University of Texas Health Science Center campus is located in East Laredo near U.S. Highway 59 and the Laredo Medical Center. The campus is an extension university from UTHSC in San Antonio, Texas. The university offers doctoral degrees in the medical and dental fields.
|Laredo Morning Times||Daily||English||Laredo||lmtonline.com|
|El Mañana||Daily||Spanish||Nuevo Laredo/Laredo||elmanana.com.mx|
|El Diario de Nuevo Laredo||Daily||Spanish||Nuevo Laredo||diario.net|
|Primera Hora||Daily||Spanish||Nuevo Laredo||primerahora.com|
|Última Hora||Daily||Spanish||Nuevo Laredo||ultimahora.com|
According to Nielsen Media Research, the Laredo region (which includes Webb and Zapata counties) is ranked 185th market by population size in the United States. The first station to broadcast in Laredo was KGNS in 1956, followed by KVTV in 1973, then KJTB (now KLDO) in 1985.
Notably television networks missing from Laredo's airwaves are PBS and ABC. Laredo once had a full-power local ABC affiliate, KJTB channel 27, from January 1985 to October 1988. KJTB was later bought by Entravision and affiliated the station to Telemundo and changed its callsign to KLDO. Today KLDO is affiliated to Univision. Before KJTB, KGNS, an NBC affiliate had a secondary affiliation to ABC from its founding in 1956 through KJTB's founding in 1985. On November 6, 2013, KGNS reached an agreement to add the ABC affiliation. The ABC affiliate was to have been launched in February 2014 on KGNS's subchannel 8.2. For years, Time Warner cable subscribers in Laredo have received ABC through station KSAT in San Antonio, but this arrangement will cease with the expanded KGNS affiliation. As of March 30, 2014, KSAT is still being carried on Time Warner cable in Laredo. It is unknown if Laredo CW 19 would move to either 8.3 or to just disaffiliate with the network entirely.
|CH||VC||DT||DTV||Dish||TWC||Callsign||Network||Resolution||City of License||Official Website||Notes|
|2||2.1||17.1||•||•||99||XEFE||Televisa local||480i||Nuevo Laredo||•||Last station to broadcast in digital|
|•||8.2||8.2||•||15||19||KGNS-DT2||The CW||SD 480i||Laredo||yourcwtv.com||On 2/2014 affiliation will switch to ABC|
|•||10.1CP||10.1CP||•||•||•||K10QK-DCP||CarismaTV||SD 480i||Laredo||feypoder.com||Construction permit expires 7/2014|
|11||11.1||25.1||•||•||14||XHBR||Canal de las Estrellas||HD 1080i||Nuevo Laredo||televisa.com||•|
|•||•||•||12||12||2.1||KSAT||ABC||HD 720p||San Antonio||ksat.com||Will no longer be available on 2/2014; still on air March 30, 2014|
|•||13.20||51.2||•||•||•||XHLAT-TDT2||Dark||SD 480i||Nuevo Laredo||•||ID: FVDld|
|•||15.3||15.3||•||•||•||KLMV-LD3||Vida Vision||SD 480i||Laredo||buenav.net||•|
|•||15.4||15.4||•||•||•||KLMV-LD4||Televida Laredo||SD 480i||Laredo||buenav.net||•|
|21||21.1||50.1||•||•||98||XHLNA||Azteca 13||HD 1080i||Nuevo Laredo||tvazteca.com||•|
|•||21.2||50.2||•||•||•||XHLNA-TDT2||Proyecto 40||HD 1080i||Nuevo Laredo||proyecto40.com||•|
|•||31.2||31.2||39||39||2.2||KETF-CD2||Fox / MyNet||HD 720p||Laredo||myfoxlaredo.com||•|
|33||33.1||51.1||•||•||•||XHLAT||Azteca 7||HD 1080i||Nuevo Laredo||tvazteca.com||•|
|•||40.1CP||40.1CP||•||•||•||K40NU-D||Maranatha Church TV||SD 480i||Laredo||•||Construction permit expires 10/2016|
|45||45.1||32.1||•||•||15||XHNAT||Multimedios Plus||SD 480i||Nuevo Laredo||multimedios.tv||•|
|•||45.2||32.2||•||•||•||XHNAT-TDT2||Milenio TV||HD 1080i||Nuevo Laredo||milenio.tv||•|
|•||45.3||32.3||•||•||•||XHNAT-TDT3||Teleritmo||SD 480i||Nuevo Laredo||multimedios.tv||•|
|57||57.1||38.1||•||•||•||XHLAR||Televisa Regional||HD 1080i||Nuevo Laredo||televisa.com||•|
|Frequency||Callsign||Brand||City of License||Website||Webcast|
|790||XEFE||La Mera Ley||Nuevo Laredo||•||listen live|
|960||XEK||La Grande||Nuevo Laredo||xek.com||listen live|
|1000||XENLT||Radio Formula||Nuevo Laredo||radioformula.com||listen live|
|1090||XEWL||La Romantica||Nuevo Laredo||radiorama.com||listen live|
|1300||KLAR||Radio Poder||Laredo||feypoder.com||listen live|
|1340||XEBK||Mega 95.7||Nuevo Laredo||radiorama.com||listen live|
|1370||XEGNK||Radio Mexicana||Nuevo Laredo||radiorama.com||listen live|
|1410||XEAS||Ke Buena||Nuevo Laredo||kebuena.com||listen live|
|1490||KLNT||Super Tejano||Laredo||klnt1490.com||listen live|
|1550||XENU||La Rancherita||Nuevo Laredo||radiorama.com||listen live|
Long range AM stations
The following Clear Channel AM stations can be heard in Laredo:
|Frequency||Callsign||Brand||City of License||Website||Webcast|
|680||KKYX||Country Legends 680||San Antonio||kkyx.com||listen live|
|720||KSAH||Norteño 720||San Antonio||•||•|
|740||KTRH||Newsradio 740 KTRH||Houston||ktrh.com||listen live|
|760||KTKR||Ticket 760 AM||San Antonio||ticket760.com||listen live|
|990||XET||La T Grande||Monterrey||•||listen live|
|1030||KCTA||KCTA 1030 AM||Corpus Christi||kctaradio.com||listen live|
|1050||XEG||Ranchera de Monterrey||Monterrey||rancherademonterrey.com||listen live|
|1200||WOAI||News Radio 1200||San Antonio||radio.woai.com||listen live|
|1210||KUBR||Radio Cristiana||San Juan||•||listen live|
|1530||KGBT||La Tremenda 1530||Harlingen||latremenda1530.com||•|
|Frequency||Callsign||Brand||Format||City of License||Website||Webcast|
|88.1||KHOY||Catholic Radio||Religious||Laredo||khoy.org||listen live|
|88.9||XHLDO||Radio Tamaulipas||Public Radio||Nuevo Laredo||tamaulipas.gob||listen live|
|89.9||KBNL||Radio Manantial||Spanish Religious||Laredo||kbnl.com||listen live|
|91.3||XHNOE||Stereo 91||Spanish Contemporary||Nuevo Laredo||xhnoe.com||listen live|
|93.7||"XHNLT"PR||Radio Estereo Uncion FM||Christian Radio||Nuevo Laredo||uncionfeypoder.com||listen live|
|94.1||XHTLN||Imagen / RMX Laredo||Talk / Contemporary||Nuevo Laredo||rmx.com.mx||listen live|
|94.9||KQUR||Digital 94.9||Spanish Pop||Laredo||digital949.com||listen live|
|95.3||XHLPZ||La Traviesa||Spanish Regional||Lampazos||•||•|
|95.7||XHBK||Mega 95.7||Spanish Contemporary||Nuevo Laredo||radioavanzado.com||listen live|
|96.5||"XHTWO"PR||Radio Two||Norteño||Nuevo Laredo||•||listen live|
|97.1||XHNLO||La Caliente||Norteño||Nuevo Laredo||mmradio.com||listen live|
|98.1||KRRG||Big Buck Country||Country||Laredo||bigbuck98.com||listen live|
|99.3||XHNK||40 Principales||Top 40||Nuevo Laredo||radiorama.com||listen live|
|100.5||KBDR||La Ley||Tejano||Laredo||laley1005.com||listen live|
|101.5||XHAS||Ke Buena||Norteño||Nuevo Laredo||kebuena.com||listen live|
|102.3||XHMW||Stereo Vida||AC/Oldies||Nuevo Laredo||radiorama.com||listen live|
|102.9||nonePR||La Guerrera de la Frontera||International||Nuevo Laredo||laguerrera.mx||listen live|
|103.3||nonePR||Radio 33||Spanish Religious||Nuevo Laredo||feypoder.com||listen live|
|104.5||nonePR||2 Beat||Electronica||Nuevo Laredo||•||•|
|104.9||XHNLR||Radio UAT||University Radio||Nuevo Laredo||uat.mx||listen live|
|105.1||nonePR||RN Radio||Spanish||Nuevo Laredo||rn105.com||listen live|
|105.5||nonePR||Mas Musica||Spanish||Nuevo Laredo||•||•|
|106.1||KNEX||Hot 106.1||Urban / Rhythmic Top 40||Laredo||hot1061.com||listen live|
|106.5||nonePR||Radio Voz||Norteño||Nuevo Laredo||radiovoz1065.net||listen live|
|107.3||XHGTS||107.3 Me Gusta||Spanish Pop||Nuevo Laredo||xhgts.com||listen live|
|162.55||WXK26||NOAA Weather Radio||Weather||Laredo||noaa.gov||•|
PR:Suspected pirate radio stations since they are not licensed with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States or COFETEL in Mexico. Some pirate stations are suspected, due to the fact that other licensed stations nearby share the same frequency, such as 106.5 Radio Voz and KMAE from nearby Bruni, Texas and 103.3 Radio 33 and XHAHU-FM from nearby Anáhuac, Nuevo León, each city less than 50 miles from Laredo.
|Power Hits HD||Classic Rock||powerhitshd.net||listen live|
In addition to the University of Texas Health Science Center branch, there are five other principal medical centers in Laredo: the Laredo Medical Center, Doctor's Hospital, Gateway Community Health Center, Providence Surgical & Medical Center, and the Laredo Specialty Hospital.
Doctors Hospital is the second-largest medical center in Laredo. The hospital complex is over 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2), with 180 licensed beds on a 58-acre (230,000 m2) campus. Affiliated with Universal Health Services, it is located on Loop 20 in north Laredo. The Doctors Regional Cancer Treatment Center offers comprehensive cancer services.
The Providence Surgical & Medical Center is an ambulatory health care center located in north-central Laredo and also owned by Universal Health Services.
The Gateway Community Health Center is the third-largest medical center in Laredo. The health center's main building is 64,000 square feet (5,900 m2). The Medical center moved to its new $11,000,000 building in 2006. The main Gateway Community Health Center is located in East Laredo, close to U.S. Highway 59. It also has three branches in the Laredo area: the South Clinic, El Cenizo Community Center, and Quad City Community Center.
Gateway Community Health Center services include:
The Laredo Specialty Hospital is the fourth-largest medical center in Laredo. It is owned by Ernest Health Inc. and was founded by Elmo Lopez, Jr., on May 22, 2006, and admitted its first patient within hours of operation. The grand opening was held in March 2007.
Laredo is served by the Laredo International Airport. Daily flights are available to Houston (George Bush Intercontinental Airport) and to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Tri-weekly flights to Las Vegas, Nevada are available. After Laredo Air Force Base closed in the mid-1970s, the federal government handed over the old air force base and property to the City of Laredo for a new municipal airport. From the mid-1970s until mid-1990s, the airport utilized a small terminal for passenger airline service and several old hangars for air cargo and private aircraft. A new state-of-the art passenger terminal was built along the then newly constructed Loop 20 to accommodate larger jets and to increase passenger air travel through Laredo. Expansion of air cargo facilities, taxiways and aprons, air cargo carriers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, BAX, and others have responded by adding commercial air cargo jet services. Laredo also has two medical helipads, at Laredo Medical Center and Doctor's Hospital.
El Metro is the public transit system that operates in the city with 21 fixed routes and Paratransit services, with approximately 4.6 million passengers per year. El Metro works with a fleet of over 47 fixed route buses, 2 trolleys and 18 Paratransit/El Lift vans. The El Metro hub is located in downtown Laredo at El Metro Transit Center. The Center also houses Greyhound Bus Lines and provides fee-based daily parking for downtown shoppers and workers.
Rural transportation is provided by the Webb County operated "El Aguila Rural Transportation" (the Eagle) bus services. El Aguila serves fixed daily routes from rural communities (Bruni, El Cenizo, Mirando City, Oilton, and Rio Bravo) to the downtown El Metro Transit Center.
- Gateway to the Americas International Bridge
- Juárez-Lincoln International Bridge
- World Trade International Bridge (commercial traffic only)
- Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge
- Texas-Mexican Railway International Bridge
Major highways in Laredo and their starting and ending points:
- Interstate 35 Laredo-Duluth
- Interstate 69W Laredo-Port Huron
- U.S. Highway 59 Laredo-Lancaster
- U.S. Highway 83 Brownsville-Laredo-Westhope
- State Highway 255 Laredo-Colombia
- State Highway 359 Laredo-Skidmore
- State Loop 20 Loop around Laredo
- Farm to Market Road 1472 Laredo – Colombia Solidarity International Bridge
Major highways in Nuevo Laredo and their starting and ending points:
- Mexican Federal Highway 85 Nuevo Laredo-Mexico City
- Mexican Federal Highway 2 Matamoros-Nuevo Laredo-Colombia-Ciudad Acuña
- Tamaulipas State Highway 1 Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey
- Nuevo Leon State Highway Spur 1 Colombia-Anáhuac
Born in Laredo
- Esther Buckley (1948-2013), member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1983 to 1992; Laredo educator
- Kaleb Canales (born 1978), assistant coach of the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association
- David Barkley-Cantu, first Mexican-American to be awarded the Medal of Honor
- Pedro "Pete" Astudillo, composer
- Freddie Benavides, former professional baseball player
- Santos Benavides, Confederate States of America colonel
- Orlando Canizales, professional boxer. Career W 50 L 5 D 1
- Francisco G. Cigarroa, chancellor of University of Texas System
- Henry R. Cuellar, Democrat U.S. Representative from Texas's 28th congressional district since 2005, former Texas Secretary of State (2001) and state representative (1987–2001)
- Tony Dalton, American actor and screenwriter
- Tom DeLay, former U.S. Representative from Texas's 22nd congressional district, former House Majority Leader, Republican from Sugar Land, Texas
- Elma Salinas Ender (born 1953), first Hispanic woman state court judge in Texas; served on the 341st District Court from 1983 until her retirement in 2012
- Megan Frazee (born 1987), women's professional basketball player, 2009-
- Betty Flores (born 1944), first woman mayor of Laredo, 1998–2006
- Julio A. Garcia (1943–2008), district attorney from 1980 to 1988
- Joe A. Guerra (1934–2010), Laredo businessman; 20-year member of the city council; Republican political activist
- William N. "Billy" Hall, Jr. (1940–2002), state representative, county treasurer, civic leader
- Armando Hinojosa (born 1944), sculptor, designed Tejano Monument in Austin and "Among Friends There Are No Borders" at the Laredo International Airport
- Oscar M. Laurel (1920–2001), state representative, district attorney, member of the National Transportation Safety Board, executive director of the International Good Neighbor Council
- Rodney Lewis (born 1954), oil and natural gas industrialist based in San Antonio
- Thomas C. Mann, former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador
- Alicia Dickerson Montemayor; Democratic political activist and educator
- Federico Peña, former mayor of Denver, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Democrat
- Ana Rodriguez (Miss Texas USA) and Miss USA finalist, finished third runner up, 2011
- Johnny Rodriguez, Tex-Mex Country singer
- Ezequiel D. Salinas (1908–2007), state district court judge from 1950 to 1974; civil rights activist for Hispanics
- Antonio R. "Tony" Sanchez, Jr., oilman and banker, 2002 Democratic nominee for governor of Texas, lost to Rick Perry
- Mario Santos, Jr. (1940-2014), Webb County sheriff from 1977 to 1988
- José Silva, parapsychologist
- Edgar Valdez Villarreal, nicknamed La Barbie, Mexican-American drug lord and former leader of Los Negros
- Jack Wheeler (1944-2010), co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; aide to U.S. Presidents Reagan, G. H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush
- Judith Zaffirini (born 1946), Democrat Texas state senator since 1987
- Oscar J. Zuniga (1922–2007), engineer and developer
Other notable residents of Laredo
- Steve Asmussen (born 1965), horse breeder who won three legs of the Triple Crown
- Robert L. Bobbitt (1888−1972), politician
- Norma Elia Cantú (born 1947), Chicana postmodernist writer and a professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio
- Thomas Haden Church, actor in "Sideways" and sitcom Wings
- Ruthe B. Cowl (1912−2008), philanthropist
- Edmund J. Davis (1827−1883), governor of Texas from 1869 to 1873; resided in Laredo during parts of the 1850s.
- Joe B. Finley (1924-2011), rancher, co-founder of United Independent School District
- Oliver Winfield Killam (1874–1959), Oilman, philanthropist, rancher, former Oklahoma state senator
- Radcliffe Killam (1910−2007), rancher, oilman, developer
- Janet Krueger (born 1953), artist of south Texas ranch life, professor at Texas A&M International University
- Jack Lanza, ex-professional wrestler, now WWE producer
- Rafael A. Lecuona (born 1928), Cuban-born former Olympic gymnast and retired university political science professor
- Jose C. "Pepe" Martin, Jr. (1913-1998), mayor of Laredo from 1954 to 1978; Convicted Federal Felon known as el patron
- B.P. Newman (1927–2008), businessman, developer, and philanthropist who originated Chaparral, Vista Hermosa, and Sierra Vista subdivisions
- Saul N. Ramirez, Jr., mayor of Laredo from 1990 to 1998
- Richard Peña Raymond, state representative from Webb County since 2001; previously represented Duval County
- Raul G. Salinas, mayor of Laredo since 2006; native of Alice, Texas
- Crispin Sanchez (1924–2008), educator and advocate for Mexican American issues
- Aldo Tatangelo (1913−2008), reform mayor of Laredo from 1978 to 1990
- Jerry D. Thompson (born 1943), historian affiliated with Texas A&M International University
- Vidal M. Treviño (1929−2006), school superintendent and state representative
- Robert G. Whitehead (1916−2007), businessman/artist who marketed "Blue Star" first-aid ointment
During the month of January, Laredo sponsors the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival, which was founded in 2003. The festival is an international business, trade, tourism, and cultural expo. All of Laredo's sister cities are invited to participate. In 2004, the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival received the best overall Program award from the Sister Cities International. The following list is of Laredo's sister cities:
- Laredo, City of (2009-04-08). "Office of the Mayor – Raul G. Salinas". Laredo, City of. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
- Laredo, City of (2009-07-07). "-=Welcome to the City of Laredo City Manager's Office Website= -". Laredo, City of. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
- 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.
- U.S. Census Factfinder 2010 Population estimate for Laredo, Texas
- "World Gazetteer: America – largest cities (per geographical entity)". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01.
- "Aldo Amato, "Plaza Theater: Future Glory Eyed: Investors willing to give it another try", Laredo Morning Times, April 9, 2014, p. 1
- Laredo Origin
- Laredo Origin(Spanish)
- "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
- U.S. Decennial Census
- Texas Almanac: City Population History 1850-2000
- U.S. Census Bureau Estimate for the Laredo, Texas Area in 2005
- U.S. Census Bureau Estimate for the Laredo, Texas Metropolitan Area in 2006
- Laredo Morning Times "National report lists Laredo as largest inland port"
- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas "Southwest Economy "
- Shopping Demographics in the Laredo Area
- LareDOS Article "Streets of Laredo Urban Mall
- Laredo Labor Market, South Texas Workforce Commission
- Aldo Amato, "Gender: Pay gap called large, Laredo Morning Times, April 1, 2014, p. 1
- Matthew Nelson, "Financial Research: Laredo ranked worst in pay", Laredo Morning Times, February 6, 2014, p. 1
- Texas Metro Market Overview: Laredo: Labor page 14
- Washington's Birthday Celebration Association Home Page
- Gabriela A. Trevino, "Chavez's March for Justice observed", Laredo Morning Times, March 30, 2014, p. 3A
- Republic of the Rio Grande Museum Home Page
- Laredo Center for the Arts Home Page
- Imaginarium of South Texas Home Page
- Second Imaginarium Museum on TAMIU Campus
- The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center Planetarium Home Page
- Laredo Public LIbrary Homepage
- Laredo Public Library Bruni Branch
- Laredo Public Library Santo Niño Branch
- KGNS: Two new libraries coming to Laredo
- Emporis; Laredo Buildings
- José David Saldívar, The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History (Duke University Press, 1991), 52.
- ""Laredo" on Tales of Wells Fargo, December 23, 1957". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
- "Texas John Slaughter: "Ambush at Laredo", November 14, 1958". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "Gunmen from Laredo (1959)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "Laramie: "Cactus Lady", February 21, 1961". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "Laredo". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "2013 Monthly Schedule, All times EST". angelfire.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Lone Star at the Internet Movie Database.
- "Bordertown: Laredo". aetv.com. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "The Ghost". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- Bailey, Ryan (April 18, 2013). "Indoor Soccer Coming to Laredo". Laredo, TX: KGNS-TV. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Professional Arena Soccer League Coming to Laredo Energy Arena". Professional Arena Soccer League. April 18, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Indoor Soccer Coming to Laredo". Laredo, TX: KGNS-TV. May 18, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Laredo Roses homepage
- Laredo Morning Times; Webb County Vote Totals
- Laredo Morning Times article; Laredoans of the Year; LMT names sports leaders Shashi and Priya Vaswani (renovation of the TAMIU Soccer Complex)
- KGNS TV article: "Shirley Field demolished, LISD to award construction contract soon"
- Laredo Civic Center
- Texas Parks and Wildlife, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
- Laredo Country Club Website
- Casa Blanca Golf Course Website
- Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course
- Golf Link; Laredo Country Club golf course information
- Golf Link; Casa Blanca Golf Course Information
- Parks & Recreation Department
- Laredo Morning Times; Monument to medal holders unveiled early
- There’s a Flagpole Spec? The story behind the design and construction of the world’s tallest flagpoles.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Aldo Amato, "Webb County: Candidates file for election", Laredo Morning Times, December 11, 2013, p. 1, 11A
- City of Laredo Government
- Laredo Morning Times, August 1, 2013, p. 4A
- "Post Office Location – LAREDO." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
- "Post Office Location – DEL MAR." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
- "Post Office Location – EL CENTRO." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
- "Parole Division Region IV." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
- "Child abuse alert: Local totals are double the rate of state average", Laredo Morning Times, March 30, 2014, p. 1
- LISD Home Page.
- UISD Home Page
- San Augustin High School Private Catholic School.
- Laredo Community College Home Page.
- Texas A&M International University Home Page.
- University of Texas Health Science Center Laredo Campus Home Page.
- Nielson: Local Television Market Universe Estimates
- Gray to Air ABC on KGNS Subchannel TVNewsCheck, November 6, 2013.
- tdt.com.mx Apagon Analogico en Nuevo Laredo (Spanish)
- Arbitron: Arbitron Radio Market Rankings: Fall 2012
- COFETEL: FM stations in Mexico
- FCC: FM Stations in Nuevo Laredo
- Doctor's Hospital Of Laredo Homepage
- Providence Surgical & Medical Center
- Gateway Community Health Center
- Laredo Specialty Hospital
- "Mexico orders Laredo-born drug lord 'La Barbie' extradited to US". Laredo Sun. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
- visitlaredo.com Laredo International Sister Cities Festival
- City of Laredo: Sister City List
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