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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

274,794
9.8
3,375.6
3,361.5
310–940
20.20
46.1
99.3
115,293
3.9
$926,179,011
$29,426
$22,539,565,878
$3,406,322,437

map of Webb County
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Physical Features: Southwestern county on Rio Grande: rolling, some hills; much brush; sandy, gray soils; alluvial along river.

Economy: International trade, manufacturing, tourism, government/services, natural gas, oil.

History: Coahuiltecan groups squeezed out by Comanches, Apaches, and Spanish settlers. Laredo founded in 1755 by Tomás Sánchez. County named for Republic leader James Webb; created in 1848 from Nueces and Bexar counties, organized the same year.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 3.5; Black, 0.7; Hispanic, 95.5; Asian, 0.7; Other, 0.7; Two or more races, 0.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 5,357; deaths, 1,356; marriages, 1,836; divorces, 171.

Recreation: Tourist gateway to Mexico; hunting, fishing; Lake Casa Blanca park, water recreation; historic sites; Museum of Republic of the Rio Grande; Fort McIntosh; minor league baseball, hockey; Washington’s Birthday celebration.

Minerals: Natural gas, oil, coal.

Agriculture: Onions, melons, nursery crops, cattle, horses, goats. About 2,500 acres irrigated. Market value $30.3 million. Mesquite sold. Hunting leases important.

LAREDO (261,397) county seat; international trade, retail center, government/services; rail, highway gateway to Mexico; junior college, Texas A&M International University, community college; hospitals; entertainment/sports arena; “El Grito” on Sept. 15; Jalapeño festival in February.

Other towns and places include: Bruni (386); El Cenizo (3,132); Mirando City (341); Oilton (381); Rio Bravo (4,814).

Development in booming Laredo expands to Lake Casa Blanca

Development in booming Laredo expands to Lake Case Blanca. Photo by Robert Plocheck.