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Rio Bravo
Webb County RioBravo.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Webb
 • Type Mayor
 • City 0.67 sq mi (1.72 km2)
 • Land 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)  1.4%
 • Metro
161.76 sq mi (418.96 km2)
450 ft (137.2 m)
 • City 4,794
 • Estimate 
 • Density 7,129.23/sq mi (2,753.97/km2)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 3,934.94/sq mi (1,519.276/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CST)
Zip Code
Area code(s) +1-956
FIPS code 48-62138
GNIS feature ID 1388239
Nearby Airports:
Laredo: Laredo International Airport KLRD LRD
Nuevo Laredo: Quetzalcoatl International Airport MMNL NLD

Rio Bravo is a city in Webb County, in the American state of Texas. It lies sixteen miles south of Laredo on Highway 83, and sits on the left bank of the Rio Grande. Founded in 1982 by the property developer Cecil McDonald (who also founded neighboring El Cenizo), Rio Bravo was incorporated as a city in 1989. It had a population of 4,794 at the 2010 census.


Rio Bravo is located at 27°21′53″N 99°28′46″W / 27.36472°N 99.47944°W / 27.36472; -99.47944 (27.364817, -99.479349).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square mile (1.8 km²), of which 0.7 square mile (1.8 km²) is land and 1.45% is covered by water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 5,553
2010 4,794 −13.7%
2019 (est.) 4,634 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the updated census of 2013, 4,852 people, 1,204 households, and 1,122 families resided in the city. The population density was 8,153.4 people per square mile (3,153.0/km2). The 1,347 housing units averaged 1,977.8/sq mi (764.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.61% White, 0.34% African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 16.62% from other races, and 3.40% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 97.69% of the population.

Of the 1,204 households, 70.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.1% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.8% were not families. About 6.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.61, and the average family size was 4.82.

In the city, the population was distributed as 45.8% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 12.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 20 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,816.00 per family, and for a family was $17,513. Males had a median income of $14,265 versus $12,222 for females. The per capita income for the city was $4,566. About 53.4% of families and 57.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 64.1% of those under age 18 and 55.1% of those age 65 or over.


Rio Bravo is served by the United Independent School District.

The eastern half of Rio Bravo used to be zoned to United D.D. Hachar Elementary School in unincorporated Webb County. The western half used to be zoned to Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School in unincorporated Webb County. All of Rio Bravo is zoned to Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School which is located at the former United D.D. Hachar Elementary School.

All of Rio Bravo is zoned to Salvador Garcia Middle School (unincorporated Webb County) and Lyndon B. Johnson High School (Laredo).

The designated community college for Webb County is Laredo Community College.

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