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Carrizo Springs, Texas
Carrizo Springs water tower
Carrizo Springs water tower
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Dimmit County CarrizoSprings.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Dimmit
 • Total 3.10 sq mi (8.03 km2)
 • Land 3.09 sq mi (8.00 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
604 ft (184 m)
 • Total 5,368
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,735.28/sq mi (669.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-12988
GNIS feature ID 1372953

Carrizo Springs is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Dimmit County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,368 at the 2010 census. (2018 estimate 5,470).

The name of the town is derived from the local springs, which were named by the Spanish for the cane grass that once grew around them. It is the oldest town in Dimmit County. Artesian wells in the area are known for their pure, clean water. This water is often exported from Carrizo Springs for use as holy water.


Carrizo Springs lies along U.S. Route 83, approximately 82 miles northwest of Laredo and 45 miles north of the Mexican border. Route 83 intersects U.S. Route 277 there. The name "Carrizo Springs" derives from similarly named springs in the area; the name is Spanish for a type of grass once common in the area. Founded in 1865 by settlers from Atascosa County, Carrizo Springs is the oldest community in the county.

Carrizo Springs, along with San Antonio, Uvalde, Crystal City, and Corpus Christi, was a major stop on the defunct San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad, a Class I line which operated from 1909 until it was merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1956.


Carrizo Springs is located at 28°31′36″N 99°51′45″W / 28.52667°N 99.86250°W / 28.52667; -99.86250 (28.526699, -99.862423).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) of it is land and 0.32% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 289
1920 954
1930 2,171 127.6%
1940 2,494 14.9%
1950 4,316 73.1%
1960 5,699 32.0%
1970 5,374 −5.7%
1980 6,886 28.1%
1990 5,745 −16.6%
2000 5,655 −1.6%
2010 5,368 −5.1%
2019 (est.) 5,362 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
City Hall in Carrizo Springs, TX IMG 0448
City Hall in Carrizo Springs on U.S. Highway 277

As of the census of 2000, 5,655 people, 1,816 households, and 1,450 families were residing in the city. The population density was 1,812.9 people per mi2 (699.8/km2). The 2,109 housing units averaged 676.1 per mi2 (261.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.3% White, 1.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 19.0% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 87.2% of the population.

Of the 1,816 households, 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were not families. About 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 3.06, and the average family size was 3.47.

In the city, the age distribution was 33.3% under 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,306, and for a family was $22,375. Males had a median income of $24,536 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,642. About 30.8% of families and 33.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.9% of those under age 18 and 29.9% of those age 65 or over.



Carrizo Springs is served by the Carrizo Springs Consolidated Independent School District and home to the Carrizo Springs High School Wildcats.

These schools serve students in the city:

  • Carrizo Springs High School
  • Carrizo Springs Junior High School
  • Carrizo Springs Intermediate School
  • Carrizo Springs Elementary School
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