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El Cenizo
Location of El Cenizo, Texas
Location of El Cenizo, Texas
Webb County ElCenizo.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Webb
 • City 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (.1 km2)  1.4%
 • Metro
161.76 sq mi (418.96 km2)
450 ft (137.2 m)
 • City 3,273
 • Density 6,500/sq mi (2,520/km2)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 3,934.94/sq mi (1,519.276/km2)
  metro area includes Laredo, Texas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Rio Bravo, Texas, El Cenizo, Texas, Laredo Ranchettes, Texas. Larga Vista, Texas, Ranchos Penitas West, Texas, & La Presa, Texas
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CST)
Zip Code
Area code(s) +1-956
FIPS code 48-22905
GNIS feature ID 1377764
Nearby airports:
Laredo: Laredo International Airport KLRD LRD
Nuevo Laredo: Quetzalcoatl International Airport MMNL NLD

El Cenizo is a city in Webb County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,273 at the 2010 census. El Cenizo is the third-largest city in Webb County.

In 1999 and again in May, 2006, El Cenizo gained national attention when it was widely reported that the city had Spanish as its official language. In an interview on a national cable news network held on May 23, 2006, its mayor defended the decision, but said that official business was now conducted in both English and Spanish. He also said that while he supported English as the common and unifying language of the United States, he believed that any attempt to make English that "official" national language would have a discriminatory effect against bilingual programs.


El Cenizo is located at 27°19′42″N 99°29′48″W / 27.32833°N 99.49667°W / 27.32833; -99.49667 (27.328442, -99.496658).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square mile (1.4 km²), of which 0.5 square mile (1.3 km²) is land and 1.89% is covered by water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 1,399
2000 3,545 153.4%
2010 3,273 −7.7%
Est. 2015 3,260 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 3,545 people, 730 households, and 680 families resided in the city. The population density was 6,919.6 people per square mile (2,683.8/km²). The 811 housing units averaged 1,583.0/sq mi (614.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.73% White, 0.28% African American, 1.07% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 14.67% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 98.90% of the population.

Of the 730 households, 72.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.8% were not families; 6.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.86 and the average family size was 5.04.

In the city, the population was distributed as 48.9% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 10.9% from 45 to 64, and 3.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 18 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $13,333, and for a family was $13,438. Males had a median income of $14,200 versus $10,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $3,610. About 66.3% of families and 68.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 74.3% of those under age 18 and 60.0% of those age 65 or over.

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