Laredo metropolitan area

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The Webb County Courthouse in Laredo
The Webb County Courthouse in Laredo
CountryUnited States
Principal cities
 • Metro
3,376 sq mi (8,744 km2)
 • Density74/sq mi (29/km2)
 • MSA
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)

The metropolitan area is the 178th-largest United States metropolitan area and covers all of Webb county, with a population of 250,304. It is also a part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area with an estimate population of 636,516.



Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Source: Webb County Planning and Physical Development Department[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,376 square miles (8,740 km2), of which 3,361 square miles (8,700 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (0.4%) is water.[2]

Major highways[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2014266,6736.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 193,117 people, 50,740 households, and 43,433 families residing in the county. The county gained 57,000 additional residents between 2000 and 2010. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 55,206 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.16% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 14.00% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. 94.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 50,740 households out of which 53.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.60% were married couples living together, 18.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.40% were non-families. 12.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.75 and the average family size was 4.10.

In the county, the age distribution of the population shows 36.20% under the age of 18, 11.40% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 15.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,100, and the median income for a family was $29,394. Males had a median income of $23,618 versus $19,018 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,759. About 26.70% of families and 31.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.40% of those under age 18 and 26.90% of those age 65 or over.

Laredo Top Employers[edit]


Employer Category Employees
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
H-E-B Grocery 1,626
Webb County Government 1,500
Laredo Medical Center Health care 1,300
Texas A&M International University Education 1,215
McDonald's Food 1,200
Walmart Retail 937
Convergys Call Center 860
Doctors Hospital Health Care 811
International Bank of Commerce Financial Services 661
Stripes Convenience Stores Retail/Convenience 337
Laredo Energy Arena Entertainment 293
Securitas Security Services USA Private Security 285

Colleges and universities[edit]

Laredo is home to Laredo Community College[7] and Texas A&M International University[8] (TAMIU). The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio[9] has a campus in Laredo.

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.

Texas A&M International University Library

The Texas A&M International University is a 4/6-year university that offers bachelor's and master's degrees. On April 22, 2004,[10] the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin, Texas provided its approval for Texas A&M International University to grant its first PhD in International Business Administration.[11][12] 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."[13] 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.



Name Frequency Language City Website
Laredo Morning Times Daily English Laredo
LareDOS Monthly English Laredo
El Mañana Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo/Laredo
El Diario de Nuevo Laredo Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
Primera Hora Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
Última Hora Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo


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.[14] 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 The CW. Laredo once had a full-power local The CW affiliate, KGNS-DT2, but on July 3, 2014 the affiliation switched to ABC. Prior to that KJTB channel 27, from January 1985 to October 1988 was Laredo's ABC affiliate. 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. But it was not until July 2014 when KGNS dropped The CW programming and added ABC programming.[15]

In December 2014, all Nuevo Laredo stations must turn off analog television broadcasting and broadcast only digitally.[16]

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
 • 8.1 8.1 8 8 10 KGNS NBC HD 1080i Laredo  •
 • 8.2 8.2  • 15 9 KGNS-DT2 ABC HD 720p Laredo  •
 • 8.3 8.3  • 16 25 KGNS-DT3 Telemundo SD 480i Laredo  •
 •  •  •  •  • 11 KLRN PBS Analog San Antonio  •
 • 10.1CP 10.1CP  •  •  • K10QK-DCP CarismaTV SD 480i Laredo Construction permit expires 7/2014
11 11.1 25.1  •  • 14 XHBR Canal de las Estrellas HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
 • 13.20 51.2  •  •  • XHLAT-TDT2 Dark SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  • ID: FVDld
 • 14.3 14.3  •  •  • KYLX-LP Testing HD 1080i Laredo  •  •
 • 15.1 15.1  •  •  • KLMV BVB SD 480i Laredo  •
 • 15.2 15.2  •  •  • KLMV-LD2 Infomercials SD 480i Laredo  •  •
 • 15.3 15.3  •  •  • KLMV-LD3 Vida Vision SD 480i Laredo  •
 • 15.4 15.4  •  •  • KLMV-LD4 Televida Laredo SD 480i Laredo  •
 • 19.3 19.3  •  •  • KLDO-DT3 Dark SD 480i Laredo  •  •
21 21.1 50.1  •  • 98 XHLNA Azteca 13 HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
 • 21.2 50.2  •  •  • XHLNA-TDT2 Proyecto 40 HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
 • 27.1 19.1 27 27 78.1 KLDO Univision HD 1080i Laredo  •
 • 27.2 19.2  •  •  • KLDO-DT2 LATV SD 480i Laredo  •
 • 31.1 31.1  •  • 77 KXOF-CD UniMás SD 480i Laredo  •
 • 31.2 31.2 39 39 2.2 KXOF-CD2 Fox / MyNet HD 720p Laredo  •
33 33.1 51.1  •  •  • XHLAT Azteca 7 HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
 • 39.1 27.3 39 39 2.2 KETF-CD Fox HD 720p Laredo  •
 • 39.2 27.4  •  •  • KETF-CD2 MundoMax SD 480i Laredo  •
 • 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  •
 • 45.2 32.2  •  •  • XHNAT-TDT2 Milenio TV HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
 • 45.3 32.3  •  •  • XHNAT-TDT3 Teleritmo SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
57 57.1 38.1  •  •  • XHLAR Televisa Regional HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •

CP: Construction permit


According to Arbitron, the Laredo region (which includes Jim Hogg, Webb, and Zapata counties) is ranked 191st market by population size.[17]

AM radio[edit]

Frequency Callsign Brand City of License Website Webcast
530 WPMQ285 TxDOT HAR Laredo  •  •
790 XEFE La Mera Ley Nuevo Laredo  • listen live
890 KVOZ Radio Cristiana Laredo  •
960 XEK La Grande Nuevo Laredo listen live
1000 XENLT Radio Formula Nuevo Laredo listen live
1090 XEWL La Romantica Nuevo Laredo listen live
1300 KLAR Radio Poder Laredo listen live
1340 XEBK Mega 95.7 Nuevo Laredo listen live
1370 XEGNK Radio Mexicana Nuevo Laredo listen live[permanent dead link]
1410 XEAS Ke Buena Nuevo Laredo listen live[permanent dead link]
1490 KLNT Super Tejano Laredo listen live
1550 XENU La Rancherita Nuevo Laredo listen live[permanent dead link]
1610 WQA200 CBP Information Laredo  •  •
Long-range AM stations[edit]

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 listen live
720 KSAH Norteño 720 San Antonio  •  •
740 KTRH Newsradio 740 KTRH Houston listen live
760 KTKR Ticket 760 AM San Antonio listen live
990 XET La T Grande Monterrey  • listen live
1030 KCTA KCTA 1030 AM Corpus Christi listen live
1050 XEG Ranchera de Monterrey Monterrey listen live
1140 XEMR MR Deportes Monterrey  •  •
1200 WOAI News Radio 1200 San Antonio listen live
1210 KUBR Radio Cristiana San Juan  • listen live
1530 KGBT La Tremenda 1530 Harlingen  •

FM radio[edit]

Frequency Callsign Brand Format City of License Website Webcast
88.1 KHOY Catholic Radio Religious Laredo listen live
88.9 XHLDO Radio Tamaulipas Public Radio Nuevo Laredo tamaulipas.gob listen live
89.9 KBNL Radio Manantial Spanish religious Laredo listen live
91.3 XHNOE Stereo 91 Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
92.7 KJBZ Z93 Tejano Laredo listen live
93.7 "XHNLT"PR Radio Estereo Uncion FM Christian Radio Nuevo Laredo listen live
94.1 XHTLN Imagen / RMX Laredo Talk / Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
94.9 KQUR Digital 94.9 Spanish Pop Laredo listen live
95.3 XHLPZ La Traviesa Spanish Regional Lampazos
95.7 XHBK Mega 95.7 Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
96.5 "XHTWO"PR Radio Two Norteño Nuevo Laredo listen live
97.1 XHNLO La Caliente Norteño Nuevo Laredo listen live
98.1 KRRG Big Buck Country Country Laredo listen live
99.3 XHNK 40 Principales Top 40 Nuevo Laredo listen live[permanent dead link]
100.5 KBDR La Ley Tejano Laredo listen live
101.5 XHAS Ke Buena Norteño Nuevo Laredo listen live[permanent dead link]
102.3 XHMW Stereo Vida AC/Oldies Nuevo Laredo listen live[permanent dead link]
102.9 nonePR La Guerrera de la Frontera International Nuevo Laredo listen live
103.3 nonePR XRock Classic rock Nuevo Laredo listen live
104.5 nonePR 2 Beat Electronica Nuevo Laredo
104.9 XHNLR Radio UAT University Radio Nuevo Laredo listen live
105.1 nonePR RN Radio Spanish Nuevo Laredo listen live
105.5 nonePR Mas Musica Spanish Nuevo Laredo
106.1 KNEX Hot 106.1 Urban / Rhythmic Top 40 Laredo listen live
106.5 nonePR Radio Voz Norteño Nuevo Laredo listen live
107.3 XHGTS 107.3 Me Gusta Spanish Pop Nuevo Laredo listen live
162.55 WXK26 NOAA Weather Radio Weather Laredo  •

PR:Suspected pirate radio stations since they are not licensed with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States or COFETEL in Mexico.[18][19] 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.

Internet radio[edit]

Name Format Website Webcast
Power Hits HD Classic rock listen live


Health care[edit]

Laredo Medical Center, formerly Mercy Hospital, is the largest hospital in Laredo.
Doctor's Hospital in Laredo
Laredo Specialty Hospital, near the Laredo Medical Center, handles certain patients requiring long-term care.

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[20] 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 (23 ha) 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[21] is an ambulatory health care center located in north-central Laredo and also owned by Universal Health Services.

The Gateway Community Health Center[22] 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[23] 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 International Airport
Tex-Mex Railway International Bridge view from Laredo

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 the 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.

Mass transit[edit]

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 transit[edit]

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.


Laredo Heat[edit]

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[edit]

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.[24][25] The official name and colors (black and chrome) of the team were decided with fan participation.[26]

Laredo Lemurs[edit]

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.

Laredo Roses[edit]

The Laredo Roses are a professional women's full contact football team in the South Texas Sugar N Spice Football League[27] 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.[28]

Club Sport League Venue Established Championships
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

Defunct teams[edit]

Club Sport League Venue Championships Years active
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[edit]

Laredo Energy Arena[edit]

Laredo Energy Arena, formerly the Laredo Entertainment Center

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, REO Speedwagon, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Martin, George Lopez, T.I., Ludacris, Cher, Hilary Duff Monster Jam and WWE.

Uni-Trade Stadium[edit]

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.[29] The stadium will be home to the Laredo Lemurs.

Student Activity Complex[edit]

Entrance to the 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[edit]

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.[30]

Shirley Field[edit]

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.[31]

Krueger Field[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Prior to the construction of the Laredo Energy Arena 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.[32]


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