Sarita, Texas

Coordinates: 27°13′18″N 97°47′21″W / 27.22167°N 97.78917°W / 27.22167; -97.78917
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Sarita, Texas
The Kenedy Pasture Company Headquarters in Sarita
The Kenedy Pasture Company Headquarters in Sarita
Location in Kenedy County and the state of Texas
Location in Kenedy County and the state of Texas
Sarita is located in Texas
Location in Texas and the United States
Sarita is located in the United States
Sarita (the United States)
Coordinates: 27°13′18″N 97°47′21″W / 27.22167°N 97.78917°W / 27.22167; -97.78917
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.22 sq mi (3.17 km2)
 • Land1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
36 ft (11 m)
 • Total205
 • Density200/sq mi (77.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code361
FIPS code48-65876
GNIS feature ID1346706

Sarita is a census-designated place (CDP) in, and the county seat of Kenedy County, Texas, United States.[1] It is the only settlement of note in the county, and as of the 2010 census had a population of 238.[2] Sarita has been ranked the most politically liberal town in Texas.[3]


In 1904, the town of Sarita, Texas was founded on land that had been part of Kenedy Ranch. John G. Kenedy named the town after his daughter Sarita Kenedy East. The town served the Kenedy Pasture Company and Kenedy Ranch and its employees. The company store, ranch offices, and ranch buildings have been located in Sarita. Most of the residents were somehow involved in the Kenedy businesses, either as employees or tenant cotton farmers from Kenedy Pasture Company.[4] The Kenedy Ranch Museum, with art and artifacts about the history of the Kenedy family in South Texas, opened in 2003 in the newly restored Kenedy Pasture Company building.[4]

"Occupation" hoax[edit]

In 2014, a fake news website called National Report published an article claiming that a militia of "over one hundred armed La Raza militants" had occupied Sarita, forcing original residents out of their homes and using the town as a base of operations. The hoax report circled on the Internet.[5]


Sarita is located in northern Kenedy County at 27°13′18″N, 97°47′21″W. It is along U.S. Route 77, 21 miles (34 km) south of Kingsville, 61 miles (98 km) south of Corpus Christi, and 74 miles (119 km) north of Harlingen. The United States Border Patrol Sarita checkpoint on US 77 is located some 14 miles (23 km) south of the town of Sarita.


Gary Cartwright of Texas Monthly said that Sarita's only landmarks were a green sign reading "Sarita", a water tower, and a blinking yellow light.[6] Sarita has an elementary school and a Catholic church. Sarita does not have any convenience stores, shops, or cafes. The nearest grocery store is in Kingsville, though there are convenience stores at gas stations in Riviera 5 miles (8 km) to the north along US 77. The nearest major medical center is in Corpus Christi.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Sarita has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[7]


2020 census[edit]

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]

Sarita racial composition[10]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 31 15.12%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 3 1.46%
Pacific Islander (NH) 1 0.49%
Some Other Race (NH) 1 0.49%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1 0.49%
Hispanic or Latino 168 81.95%
Total 205

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 205 people, 129 households, and 115 families residing in the CDP.


Sarita Elementary School (PreK-6) of the Kenedy County Wide Common School District serves Sarita.

Students who graduate from Sarita Elementary move on to De La Paz Middle School and Kaufer Early College High School, operated by Riviera Independent School District, which takes all secondary students from the KCWCSD area.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Sarita CDP, Texas". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Hunter Walker and Andy Kiersz (2014). "Here Are The Most Liberal And Most Conservative Towns In Each State". Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Sarita, TX". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved March 25, 2023.
  5. ^ David Martin Davies, Sarita Is Safe: 'Attack' on the South Texas Town Is Fake, KERA-TV (July 15, 2014).
  6. ^ Cartwright, Gary. "Sarita's Secret Archived 2004-12-27 at the Wayback Machine." Texas Monthly. September 2004. Retrieved on October 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Sarita, Texas
  8. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  11. ^ "Recruitment Plan, Events, and Timeline" (PDF). Kaufer Early College High School. Retrieved June 28, 2022.

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