Laredo, Texas Population 2019

Laredo is a city located in the state of Texas. It is located in Webb County, where it serves as the county seat. It was founded in 1755 by Tomas Sanchez. Laredo is situated along the north bank of the Rio Grande and lies along the United States-Mexico border. The last official census in 2010 showed that the population of Laredo was 236,091. Recent estimates show that this number has grown to 257,156.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Laredo covers a total area of 102.6 square miles, with a population density of over 2,250 people per square mile.

Laredo Population Statistics

There are more females than males living in Laredo, with 92.2 men for every 100 women. Children under the age of 18 make up the city’s largest age group, accounting for 35.5% of the total population.

Close to 30% of the families living in Laredo live below the federal poverty line. The city has been named as one of the safest cities for motorists in the nation. Laredo is the largest inland port in the US, which contributes significantly to the city’s economy.

Population Growth in Laredo

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Laredo has seen continued growth in its population, reaching over 100,000 between 1990 and 2000. This number had nearly doubled by 2010. Current estimates show that the population has risen by almost 9% since the last census. While this is still significant growth, it is far less than the increase recorded in the past, indicating that while growth will continue, it will be at a less rapid rate.

Laredo, Texas's estimated population is 261,639 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Laredo, Texas is the 10th largest city in Texas based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2513.97 people/mi² (970.64 people/km²).

The overall median age is 28.6 years, 27.2 years for males, and 29.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 74,932 households in the city, with an average size of 3.66 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%, with a median rent of $790/month. The median house has 5.1 rooms, and has a value of $118,500.

The median income for households in Laredo, Texas is $41,302, while the mean household income is $57,708.

Laredo Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Laredo was:

  • White: 95.11%
  • Other race: 3.16%
  • Asian: 0.55%
  • Two or more races: 0.53%
  • Black or African American: 0.42%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
LatLng(27.5064, -99.5075)
Rank in State10th
StateTexas
CountyWebb County
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Land Area (km²)269.55 (104.07 mi²)
Water Area (km²)3.81 (1.47 mi²)
TypeCity
GEOID4841464
Density (km²)970.64
Density (mi²)2,513.97
Area Code(s)956
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018261,6392,0050.77%
2017259,6341,5320.59%
2016258,1022,5641.00%
2015255,5382,5211.00%
2014253,0173,1951.28%
2013249,8223,9451.60%
2012245,8774,6111.91%
2011241,2664,4071.86%
2010236,85960,2832.98%
2000176,57653,6773.69%
1990122,89931,4503.00%
198091,44922,4252.85%
197069,0248,3461.30%
196060,6788,7681.57%
195051,91012,6362.83%
194039,2746,6561.87%
193032,6189,9083.69%
192022,7107,8554.34%
191014,8551,4261.01%
190013,4292,1101.72%
189011,3197,79812.39%
18803,5210.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018275,9101,9280.70%
2017273,9821,4620.53%
2016272,5202,4000.88%
2015270,1202,3880.88%
2014267,7323,1001.16%
2013264,6323,9101.48%
2012260,7224,7411.82%
2011255,9814,5901.79%
2010251,3910.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White242,820
Some Other Race8,067
Asian1,407
Two or More Races1,349
Black or African American1,064
American Indian and Alaska Native573
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander25

Laredo Population Pyramid 2019

Laredo Median Age

28.6


Total

27.2


Male

29.8


Female

Laredo Adults

There are 169,126 adults, (22,443 of whom are seniors) in Laredo.

Laredo Age Dependency

74.1

Age Dependency Ratio

15.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

58.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Laredo Sex Ratio

Female

130,943

51.29%

Male

124,362

48.71%

Laredo Households and Families

Laredo Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Laredo Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.2%27.8%
All62.5%37.5%
Male53.9%46.1%
Female52.4%47.6%
Non Family51.1%48.9%

62.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All68,8223.6662.5
Married35,7114.3372.2
Female15,2664.2352.4
Non Family13,4001.1951.1
Male4,4453.853.9

4.18

Average Family Size

3.66

Average Household Size

4.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Laredo Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade26,23318.72%
9th to 12th Grade18,94313.52%
High School Graduate37,88227.03%
Some College22,79716.26%
Associates Degree9,1626.54%
Bachelors Degree17,64112.59%
Graduate Degree7,5045.35%

Laredo Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic132,10787,85921,840
White6,3485,7132,528
Other Race4,8713,240863
Asian1,080867527
Multiple Races642491127
Black590495217
Native American353301101

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 48.80%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,380$32,769$20,960
Less Than High School$16,873$21,465$13,319
High School Grad$23,909$29,220$17,851
Some College$31,569$41,378$24,617
Bachelors Degree$46,976$51,421$41,803
Graduate Degree$59,317$63,117$57,346

$27,380

Average Earnings

$32,769

Average Male

$20,960

Average Female

Laredo Language

Laredo Language by Age

Laredo Language

9.64% of Laredo residents speak only English, while 90.36% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 89.74% of the population.

Laredo Poverty

Laredo Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic240,25075,14531.28%
Other8,0202,51431.35%
White8,8851,35215.22%
Multiple1,29952940.72%
Asian1,40133323.77%
Native55227149.09%
Black1,01318418.16%

30.62%

Overall Poverty Rate

28.26%

Male Poverty Rate

32.85%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Laredo

The race most likely to be in poverty in Laredo is Native, with 49.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Laredo is White, with 15.22% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.57%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 42.53%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School40.32%
High School25.95%
Some College14.24%
Bachelors or Greater5.05%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.43%
Male Unemployed23.97%
Female Employed15.99%
Male Employed12.61%

Laredo Income

Laredo Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,302$57,708
Families$44,597$61,295
Married Families$55,012$74,442
Non Families$23,445$38,299

Laredo Marital Status

Laredo Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.7%

Male Marriage Rate

42.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Laredo Married by Age and Sex

Laredo Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Laredo Marital Status by Race

Laredo Veterans

5,153

Number of Veterans

4,749

Male Veterans

404

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,818
First Gulf War1,108
Second Gulf War895
Korea420
World War II162
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,413
35 to 541,255
55 to 64893
75+861
18 to 34731

Laredo Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,9133.07%
Hispanic4,2852.68%
Other1141.94%
Black588.38%
2 or More506.27%
Indian174.08%
Asian10.08%

Laredo Veterans by Education

11.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.99%

Veteran Disability Rate

Laredo Employment Status

58.4%

Labor Force Participation

55.2%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Laredo Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.82%

Born in Texas

73.35%

Native Born

26.65%

Foreign Born

19.05%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

73.35% of Laredo residents were born in the United States, with 66.82% having been born in Texas. 19.05% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.