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Laguna Heights, Texas
Census-designated place
Location of Laguna Heights, Texas
Location of Laguna Heights, Texas
Cameron County LagunaHeights.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Cameron
 • Total 0.59 sq mi (1.54 km2)
 • Land 0.59 sq mi (1.54 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,488
 • Density 5,872/sq mi (2,267.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78578
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-40300
GNIS feature ID 1374433

Laguna Heights is a census-designated place (CDP) in Cameron County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,488 at the 2010 census. It is part of the BrownsvilleHarlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Laguna Heights is located in eastern Cameron County at 26°4′48″N 97°15′22″W / 26.08°N 97.25611°W / 26.08; -97.25611 (26.080060, -97.256172), on the south shore of Laguna Madre, a large lagoon connected to the Gulf of Mexico. The CDP is bordered to the south and east by the city of Port Isabel and to the west by the town of Laguna Vista. Texas State Highway 100 passes through Laguna Heights, leading east 3 miles (5 km) to the center of Port Isabel and 6 miles (10 km) to South Padre Island, and west 21 miles (34 km) to Interstate 69E between Harlingen and Brownsville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Laguna Heights CDP has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.54 km2), all of it land.


As of the census of 2010, there were 3,488 people, 528 households, and 459 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 7,202.3 people per square mile (2,744.1/km²). There were 572 housing units at an average density of 2,070.2/sq mi (788.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 67.19% White, 0.85% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 29.40% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 93.32% of the population.

There were 528 households out of which 56.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.9% were non-families. 10.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.77 and the average family size was 4.04.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 37.5% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 14.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $18,083, and the median income for a family was $19,491. Males had a median income of $15,677 versus $14,861 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,538. About 37.7% of families and 45.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.4% of those under age 18 and 25.6% of those age 65 or over.

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