Encantada-Ranchito-El Calaboz, Texas

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Encantada-Ranchito-El Calaboz, Texas
Census-designated place
Location within the state of Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 26°1′44″N 97°38′5″W / 26.02889°N 97.63472°W / 26.02889; -97.63472Coordinates: 26°1′44″N 97°38′5″W / 26.02889°N 97.63472°W / 26.02889; -97.63472
Country United States
State Texas
County Cameron
 • Total 2.92 sq mi (7.57 km2)
 • Land 2.90 sq mi (7.52 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 50 ft (20 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,255
 • Density 776/sq mi (299.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48-24223[1]

Encantada-Ranchito-El Calaboz, also known as El Calaboz Rancheria in the San Pedro de Carricitos Land Grant,[citation needed] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Cameron County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,255 at the 2010 census.[2] It is part of the BrownsvilleHarlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The Encantada-Ranchito-El Calaboz is located in southwestern Cameron County at 26°1′44″N 97°38′5″W / 26.02889°N 97.63472°W / 26.02889; -97.63472 (26.028788, -97.634814).[3] El Calaboz is located in the western part of the CDP, and Ranchito is in the east. La Encantada Elementary School is located in the Ranchito section of the CDP. The community is bordered by the city limits of Brownsville to the east and south and by the Rio Grande, which forms the Mexico–United States border, to the southwest.

U.S. Route 281 passes through the community. La Paloma is 2 miles (3 km) to the west, and downtown Brownsville is 14 miles (23 km) to the southeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.92 square miles (7.57 km2), of which 2.90 square miles (7.52 km2) is land and 0.019 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.71%, is water.[2]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,100 people, 486 households, and 445 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 503.7 people per square mile (194.4/km²). There were 567 housing units at an average density of 136.0/sq mi (52.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.71% White, 0.10% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 8.90% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 98.29% of the population.

There were 486 households out of which 63.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.2% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.4% were non-families. 7.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.31 and the average family size was 4.53.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 41.7% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 13.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $21,346, and the median income for a family was $23,821. Males had a median income of $19,100 versus $13,417 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,944. About 36.9% of families and 41.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.7% of those under age 18 and 64.6% of those age 65 or over.


Encantada-Ranchito El Calaboz is served by the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District.

In addition, South Texas Independent School District operates magnet schools that serve the community.