La Puerta, Texas

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La Puerta, Texas
Location of La Puerta, Texas
Location of La Puerta, Texas
Starr County LaPuenta.svg
Coordinates: 26°20′48.5″N 98°45′02″W / 26.346806°N 98.75056°W / 26.346806; -98.75056Coordinates: 26°20′48.5″N 98°45′02″W / 26.346806°N 98.75056°W / 26.346806; -98.75056
Country United States
State Texas
County Starr
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 157 ft (48 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 632
 • Density 2,100/sq mi (810/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip Code 78582
FIPS code 48-41458[1]
GNIS feature ID 1339389[2]

La Puerta is a census-designated place (CDP) in Starr County, Texas, United States. The population was 632 at the 2010 census down from 1,636 at the 2000 census.[3]


La Puerta is located at 26°20′48.5″N 98°45′02″W / 26.346806°N 98.75056°W / 26.346806; -98.75056 (26.346816, -98.750524).

Prior to the 2010 census, La Puerta CDP gained area, had parts taken to form new CDPs, and lost additional area. As a result, the total area was reduced to 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all land.[4][5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,636 people, 409 households, and 381 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,911.9 people per square mile (734.5/km²). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 536.4/sq mi (206.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.68% White, 0.06% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 2.14% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 98.72% of the population.

There were 409 households out of which 64.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.8% were non-families. 6.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.00 and the average family size was 4.17.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 41.2% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 12.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $16,820, and the median income for a family was $17,281. Males had a median income of $15,820 versus $10,385 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $4,507. About 48.9% of families and 48.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.3% of those under age 18 and 53.6% of those age 65 or over.


La Puerta is served by the Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School District.