Rancho Viejo, Texas

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Rancho Viejo, Texas
Cameron County RanchoViejo.svg
Coordinates: 26°2′18″N 97°33′16″W / 26.03833°N 97.55444°W / 26.03833; -97.55444Coordinates: 26°2′18″N 97°33′16″W / 26.03833°N 97.55444°W / 26.03833; -97.55444
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.31 sq mi (5.98 km2)
 • Land2.05 sq mi (5.31 km2)
 • Water0.26 sq mi (0.66 km2)
30 ft (9 m)
 • Total2,437
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,198.83/sq mi (462.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code956
FIPS code48-60544[3]
GNIS feature ID1388590[4]

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 may be included as part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas.


Rancho Viejo is located at 26°2′18″N 97°33′16″W / 26.03833°N 97.55444°W / 26.03833; -97.55444 (26.038219, –97.554392).[5]

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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,460[2]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2020 census[edit]

Rancho Viejo racial composition[7]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 670 23.61%
Black or African American (NH) 27 0.95%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 5 0.18%
Asian (NH) 83 2.92%
Some Other Race (NH) 4 0.14%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 36 1.27%
Hispanic or Latino 2,013 70.93%
Total 2,838

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,838 people, 1,023 households, and 779 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] 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.

Notable people[edit]

Country club[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  8. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ Schiller, Dane; Gonzalez, Patricia A. (September 27, 2013). "Twenty years later, recollections of wilder than fiction South Texas murder". The Houston Chronicle.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[8][9]

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