Rancho Viejo, Texas
Rancho Viejo, Texas
|• Total||2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)|
|• Land||2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||30 ft (9 m)|
|• Density||832.6/sq mi (321.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1388590|
Rancho Viejo is a town in Cameron County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,437 at the 2010 census. The town is named from a ranch in that area named "Rancho Viejo" (Old Ranch). This ranch was owned by Blas María de la Garza Falcón, whose name was given to a nearby dam, Falcon Dam.
Rancho Viejo is located at (26.038219, -97.554392).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (7.05%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,754 people, 705 households, and 511 families residing in the town. The population density was 832.6 people per square mile (321.0/km²). There were 1,160 housing units at an average density of 550.6 per square mile (212.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.80% White, 0.51% African American, 0.11% Native American, 4.33% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 5.13% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.00% of the population.
There were 705 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the town, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $64,038, and the median income for a family was $73,036. Males had a median income of $61,648 versus $34,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,663. About 6.7% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
About half of Rancho Viejo is served by the Brownsville Independent School District. The other half is served by the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District.
In addition, South Texas Independent School District operates magnet schools that serve the community.
- Roberto Cantoral (1935-2010), composer and songwriter.
- Joey Fischer (1975-1993), Senior high school student murdered; part of a murder case that brought national attention.
Rancho Viejo is also the name of the resort and country club that takes up much of the space in the town. It sprawls 1,400 acres (5.7 km2), mostly accounted for by the golf courses.
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- "Rancho Viejo-based composer passes away in Mexico". KGBT-TV. 8 August 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- Schiller, Dane; Gonzalez, Patricia A. (September 27, 2013). "Twenty years later, recollections of wilder than fiction South Texas murder". The Houston Chronicle.