Municipal elections are now held in November formerly in May of even-numbered years. In his bid for a second term, Salinas had in defeated then city council members Jose A.
According to the U. Census , the racial composition of Laredo was:. According to respondents' self-identification on the Census, the vast majority of Laredo's population is ethnically Hispanic of any race , with In the estimate, there were 99, males and , females.
The average household contained 3. The population density was 2, Of the 60, households, 56, or The average household size was 3. The city's population is distributed as The median age was 27 years. For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were A study released in by the Martin Prosperity Institute of the University of Toronto in Canada showed Laredo as the most "economically segregated" smaller metro area in the United States.
The wealthy tend to congregate in enclaves and gated communities, such as Plantation, Regency, Lakeside, Winfield, and Alexander Estates. Most of the poor inhabit neighborhoods known for overall and longstanding poverty, particularly in the southern portion of the city. Mayor Pete Saenz , however, said development is underway downtown and in The Heights neighborhood, once the city's most affluent residential area.
There are no de facto Anglo and African-American neighborhoods. In , Laredo was ranked the safest city in Texas for motorists and the 14th safest nationally. Detroit , Michigan , ranked the most dangerous city for motorists. Laredo has four South Texas banking institutions: In the San Antonio Express-News reported the number of Mexican shoppers has declined due to drug war-related violence in Nuevo Laredo.
More than 47 percent of United States international trade headed for Mexico and more than 36 percent of Mexican international trade crosses through the Laredo port of entry. As a major player in international trade, the Laredo area benefited from passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement , which has encouraged trade.
The Laredo port of entry consists of four international bridges with a proposed fifth one crossing the Rio Grande into the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León. Retail sales attract shoppers from Northern Mexico and South Texas. A proposed project is The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo , and another has not progressed past planning: Laredo Town Center, part of downtown redevelopment. There are dozens of shopping centers. The Streets of Laredo Urban Mall is an association created by businesses on Iturbide Street in the San Agustin historical district to beautify and renovate the area, which has a pedestrian scale.
As of October , Laredo's labor market was in the following industries by percentage of number employed: Laredo has increased the number of non-agricultural jobs from 55, in January to 86, in October In , Laredo experienced a job growth rate of 2. As of October , the Laredo unemployment rate was 4. Many large employers in the oil and gas industries shut down operations in Laredo and across Texas, and shifted to foreign countries. The same effect occurred in the garment industry Levis and Haggar along the Texas border area.
Laredo lost its only garment-producing company Barry , costing the jobs of about workers. Laredo's strong job growth rate in retail and transportation services limited the adverse effects of long-term unemployment from the few massive layoffs of the late s. Laredo's success with international trade is also a vulnerability; it depends on changes to Mexico's economy, that status of immigration laws along with daily border crossings: In , according to the financial research company NerdWallet, Laredo had the worst pay for women of any city in the United States, with a large gender gap: The gender pay gap in Laredo increased 25 percent between and Only the wealthy city of Frisco in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex , had a greater pay gap within Texas than did Laredo.
According to census reports, Laredo has a 30 percent rate of poverty. Laredo households headed by women with children under the age of eighteen have a 51 percent poverty rate.
It is the largest annual celebration of its kind in the United States, with , attendees. The first celebration was a success, and its popularity grew rapidly; in it received its state charter. In , the celebration held its first colonial pageant, which featured 13 girls from Laredo, representing the 13 original colonies. The celebration includes parades, a carnival, an air show, fireworks, live concerts, and a citywide prom during which many of Laredo's elite dress in very formal attire.
The related Jalapeño Festival is one of the United States' top 10 eating festivals. Jamboozie is held in late January in downtown Laredo as part of the Washington Birthday celebrations. Similar to New Orleans' Mardi Gras , the Jamboozie is a colorful event, with many people dressed in beads, masks, and flamboyant outfits. A march, organized by the local League of United Latin American Citizens , is held downtown the last Saturday morning of March to remember Chavez for United Farm Workers , which in the s and s organized migrant laborers to obtain improved working conditions.
What was once the Capitol building now showcases memorabilia from the short lived Republic of the Rio Grande. It displays pictures, books, and furniture from the 19th century Laredo area, and offers guided tours for school-age children and adults year-round. Because of this Republic, Laredo had flown seven flags instead of the traditional Six Flags over Texas.
The Laredo Center for the Arts  is in downtown Laredo. The building houses three galleries: The Center for the Arts, in the former City Hall offices known as "The Mercado", displays regional artwork and provides community events for children and adults. The Laredo Little Theater provides Laredo with live stage performances.
The theater also hosts comedians. Imaginarium of South Texas  formerly Laredo Children's Museum , in Mall del Norte, provides a hands-on experience with science, technology, and art for Laredo's youth. The Nuevo Santander Museum Complex is composed of restored buildings of Fort McIntosh , a historical collection of photographs of the fort, the main guardhouse, which has World War I — memorabilia, and a science and technology museum. The Planetarium surrounds audiences in a dome with an accurate image of the night sky showing all the motions and cycles of the Sun , Moon , planets, and constellations in the sky.
In , the citizens of Laredo approved the construction of a new main library at McPherson and Calton roads, which opened on February 1, On July 22, , the structure was named in honor of Joe A. Guerra , a former member of the Laredo City Council known for his support for the library and a personal passion for reading. Council member Roque Vela, who first proposed the structure be named for Guerra, described the former councilman, who died in , as "someone I looked up to for his unwavering commitment to public service.
I am especially proud to know the library and reading were passions of Mr. Two new libraries opened in , one in northwest Laredo, the Fasken Library on March 14, and another in the south sometime in July.
The city is populated with both adult and family entertainment, such as bars, nightclubs, sports fields, movie theaters, family restaurants, and other entertainment venues. This area has proven to be especially popular with college students. Most of Laredo's Spanish Colonial style buildings are in downtown Laredo. More modern American architecture can be seen along Interstate Highway 35 as well as in the downtown area.
Heavily Roman Catholic in church affiliation, Laredo has impressive houses of worship. The oldest congregation, now San Agustin Cathedral, on the downtown historic plaza, dates to the founding of the city in The striking building we see today was begun in It was designed by Leo M.
Dielmann was commissioned by Church authorities to design churches for similar congregations in Houston and San Antonio.
He also did the San Agustin parish school, and may have had a hand in the San Agustin church itself. Outside is a flowered prayer shrine. The congregation of the Church of the Redeemer, at the intersection of Main and Garcia streets downtown, observed its centennial on August 29, Its building is another work by Leo M.
The homeless and other indigent are served downtown through Bethany House , established in by Roman Catholic priest Father Charles M. Streets of Laredo is a western film starring William Holden , Macdonald Carey and William Bendix  as three outlaws who rescue a young girl, played by Mona Freeman. When they become separated, two reluctantly become Texas Rangers , while the third continues on a life of crime. He winds up in prison on a false murder charge, but the marshal allows him to escape to pursue the man who killed his wife.
In the episode "Cactus Lady" February 21, of the NBC western television series , Laramie , it is revealed series regular Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller , had been nearly hanged by mistake in the border city of Laredo c.
In the storyline, the gang arrives suddenly in Laramie. A spin-off of The Virginian , Laredo , with elements of comedy, focuses on Texas Rangers in the border country. It is available on DVD. While performing at a prison rodeo in Huntsville, Texas , he escapes and heads for Laredo, where he hopes to join his family in Mexico. Without transportation, Eddie journeys on foot. He ends up in the woods, where he is nearly killed. He meets Jilly Buck Lee Purcell , a bored rich girl who agrees to help him.
Lone Star is a American mystery film written and directed by John Sayles and set in a small town in Texas. The ensemble cast features Chris Cooper , Kris Kristofferson , Matthew McConaughey and Elizabeth Peña and deals with a sheriff's investigation into the murder of one of his predecessors. The series, Bordertown: Laredo , is a episode documentary on the Arts and Entertainment Network based on the work of the narcotics unit of the Laredo Police Department.
Laredo has been the subject of several songs in popular culture. Maynard , who lived mostly in Colorado. From to , the six-member singing group, The Rondels dominated the musical scene in Laredo. Carlos Saenz Landin, the lead singer, left the group to work for the Dallas Independent School District but years later returned to Laredo.
The late Roberto Alonzo played the bass guitar. As of , he was still performing with the oldies group, Los Fabulosos in Laredo. Several of Vera's brothers were drummers too. Another popular song is " Laredo " by country music star Chris Cagle , who sings about Laredo having a positive influence on his significant other.
It uses the idea of missing the 'happy hunting grounds' of Laredo as a metaphor for the protagonist's loss of his dream-world. The team was founded in In the season, the Laredo Heat finished Runner-up yet made it only to the first round of the Open Cup.
The Heat were on hiatus for the and seasons. The Laredo Bucks are a junior hockey team. The Laredo Honey Badgers were a proposed professional indoor soccer team that was founded in April , expected to make its debut in the Professional Arena Soccer League with the —14 season.
The team was to play its home games at the Laredo Energy Arena. The Laredo Lemurs , a professional baseball team, played their first season in the independent American Association in with home games at Uni-Trade Stadium. They won the South Division in their inaugural season, but were eliminated in the first playoff round. The Lemurs won the league championship in but ceased operations after the season.
The Roses played their home games at the Uni-Trade Stadium. The female players used short-shorts and half-cut jerseys during games. Laredo Swarm was a semi-professional basketball in the relaunched American Basketball Association.
They started playing in in Laredo Energy Arena. The team was disbanded before the —18 season. LEA was home to the former Laredo Bucks. It has fourteen luxury suites, four meeting rooms and a private club for two hundred charter members.
It was completed in mid through an increase in the Laredo sales tax of. Sports that can be played at the LEA include ice hockey , arena football , indoor soccer , basketball , wrestling , and boxing. The Uni-Trade Stadium is Laredo's newest baseball field.
The stadium is near the Laredo Energy Arena. The project was approved by the city council and was voted in favor of with Opened in the summer of , it has the city's first artificial grass stadium. The capacity is 8, spectators. The complex has two soccer stadiums with a seating capacity of four thousand each. It was built in , 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, fans with additional seating at the 2 endzones. Professional Mexican soccer teams have played various exhibition games here, noting the real grass allows for "better" soccer games.
Major renovations are slated for this historic stadium. In November Shirley Field was demolished and was rebuilt by the football season. The stadium has a capacity of 5, and is used to play football and soccer high school games. Alexander High School's football and soccer teams. Veterans Field is a 5, seat baseball park which was known as West Martin Field. Major renovation is happening to update the ball park. Veterans Field was also the home to the five-time champion Mexican Baseball League team Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos from to 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, seats and a banquet and exhibit hall with 1, seats. The most popular recreational use of the lake is fishing. A boat ramp and fishing pier is available on the lake's eastern side. The lake is a popular destination for winter Texans. The park was operated by the City of Laredo and Webb County before it was acquired by the state in and opened in March Laredo has three hole golf courses: Mandel Municipal Golf Course.
The golf course has a rating of The country club was designed by Joseph S. Finger and was opened in The golf course was designed by Leon Howard and was opened in The golf course has a par of The City of Laredo owns eight recreational centers, thirty-four developed parks, twenty-two undeveloped parks or under construction, five baseball fields, and four plazas. The parks total area is acres 2. A memorial honoring the forty-one Hispanic soldiers who have received the Medal of Honor was built in Laredo, Texas in Barkley Plaza has a bronze statue of David B.
Relatively new to Laredoans, this mountain bike trail is approximately 4 miles of single-track dirt trails, widening occasionally to double-track. Some technical parts make this trail challenging, but not impossible for beginners who can briefly walk their bikes before getting on their way again.
Thorned shrubs and cacti encompass bikers, so be careful! The trail is well-marked and improvements continue to be seen as the months go by. The trail is off Shiloh Road at the end of Livingston Road.
The Laredo city government is a strong city council — weak mayor system. City Council elections are based on single-member districts and campaigns have no party affiliations. Municipal elections are now held in November formerly in May of even-numbered years.
The municipal government is administered by the city manager hired by the city council. All city elected offices have a four-year term and are nonpartisan though most officials have a Democratic party preference or affiliation. City council meetings are held on Mondays and can be viewed on the Public-access television cable TV channel or live online at Public Access Channel live stream.
The current mayor, Pete Saenz , was elected in to succeed his fellow Democrat, the term-limited Raul G. In his bid for a second term, Salinas had in defeated then city council members Jose A. In , the city council named Jesus R. He was formerly the city manager of Eagle Pass in Maverick County.
Olivares claims thirty-eight years of municipal experience in Laredo where was formerly the parks director , Austin, and Eagle Pass. Mayor Saenz expressed support for the decision as one of mutual convenience for Olivares and the city.
Since council terms are staggered, those increases begin with each forthcoming election cycle. On August 1, , then city councilman Jorge A. Vera was arrested on a felony drug possession charge. He was accused of having earlier in the week offered cocaine to an off-duty agent of the United States Border Patrol and her friends outside a Laredo restaurant. First elected to the council in , Vera faced a state jail felony possession of a controlled substance and a Class B misdemeanor filing a false report.
His arraignment was in the 49th District Court. Because Vera did not resign from the city council, a recall election was held on November 4, Attorney George Altgelt won the special election to succeed Vera. He instead returns to his former position as police chief of the United Independent School District. Del Mar Blvd, Laredo, Texas. Bob Bullock Loop 20 Laredo, Texas. In March , it was reported Laredo and Webb County have a child abuse rate at nearly double the state average.
In —, child clients were served by the Children's Advocacy Center in Laredo, for physical abuse and for sexual abuse. A special investigator for Child Protective Services said he now sees two to three cases per day of such inflictions. LISD also has three magnet schools: Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts. Alexander High School , Lyndon B. UISD has three magnet schools: There are thirty-nine schools within UISD and more are under construction or development.
United ISD is one of the state's fastest growing districts, serving almost forty thousand students and covering an area the physical size of Rhode Island. The Laredo Community College is a two-campus institution which offers two-year Associate's degrees.
The main campus is 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 protected 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. Prior to its current location along Bob Bullock Loop 20, the university was housed with the Laredo Community College downtown campus.
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Welcome to the City of Laredo webpage. Laredo has many attractions and events to offer. Come and visit. Always a reason to celebrate in Laredo. Laredo (/ l ə ˈ r eɪ d oʊ / lə-RAY-doh; Spanish:) is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo. Laredo has the distinction of flying seven flags (the Flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande in addition to the Six Flags of Texas). Founded in , Laredo grew from a villa to the capital of the brief Republic of the Rio Grande to the largest inland port on the United States-Mexican Border.