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Uvalde, Texas
Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in Uvalde, restored by the late Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe
Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in Uvalde, restored by the late Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe
Nickname(s): City of Trees
Location of Uvalde, Texas
Location of Uvalde, Texas
Uvalde County Uvalde.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Uvalde
 • Total 7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)
 • Land 7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 909 ft (277 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,751
 • Density 2,060/sq mi (795.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78801-78802
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-74588
GNIS feature ID 1370541

Uvalde (/juˈvældi/ yoo-VAL-dee) is a city in and the county seat of Uvalde County, Texas, United States. The population was 15,751 at the 2010 census.

Uvalde was founded by Reading Wood Black in 1853 as the town of Encina. In 1856, when the county was organized, the town was renamed Uvalde after Spanish governor Juan de Ugalde (Cádiz, Andalucía, 1729-1816) and was chosen as county seat. It is usually considered the southern limit of the Texas Hill Country or the most northerly part of South Texas. Historically, Uvalde is known as the Honey Capital of the World for production of huajillo (also spelled guajillo) honey, a mild, light-colored honey, dating back to the 1870s.

Uvalde was the home of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner, former Speaker of the House and Vice President of the United States. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, actress Dale Evans, and former Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe (after whom the post office is named), were born in Uvalde. The city is also home to the Grammy Award-winning Tejano/Norteño group Los Palominos.


Uvalde is located at 29°12′52″N 99°47′23″W / 29.21444°N 99.78972°W / 29.21444; -99.78972 (29.214313, -99.789644) at the crossroads of U.S Hwy 90 and U.S. Hwy 83.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.8 km2), all of it land.

Uvalde is known as one of the best locations for soaring in the United States. It is the site of the 1991 and 2012 World Gliding Championships.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Uvalde has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa, on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 794
1890 1,265 59.3%
1900 1,889 49.3%
1910 3,998 111.6%
1920 3,885 −2.8%
1930 5,286 36.1%
1940 6,679 26.4%
1950 8,674 29.9%
1960 10,293 18.7%
1970 10,764 4.6%
1980 14,178 31.7%
1990 14,729 3.9%
2000 14,929 1.4%
2010 15,751 5.5%
Est. 2015 16,476 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2010 census, the population was 15,751 people

At the 2000 census, there were 14,929 people, 4,796 households and 3,716 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,220.2 per square mile (857.8/km²). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 790.1 per square mile (305.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.27% White, 0.47% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 22.12% from other races, and 2.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.48% of the population.

There were 4,796 households of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.50.

32.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median household income was $25,259 and the median family income was $27,897. Males had a median income of $25,600 compared with $15,674 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,735. About 24.2% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.1% of those under age 18 and 23.8% of those age 65 or over.

Cultural attractions

John Nance Garner Museum, Uvalde, TX IMG 4275
John Nance Garner Museum in Uvalde

Also located in Uvalde:

  • The Aviation Museum at Garner Field, which has displays of World War II aircraft;
  • The Briscoe Art and Antique Collection, which displays the collection of former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe; and
  • The Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House, which hosts community theater and concerts.


  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Episcopal Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Baptist Temple Church
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod


Uvalde, along with San Antonio, Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, and Corpus Christi, was a major stop on the defunct San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad, which operated from 1909 until it was merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1956. From 1909 to 1912, the SAU&G was known as the Crystal City and Uvalde Railroad. The San Antonio-to-Corpus Christi freight route is now within the Union Pacific system.

The City of Uvalde owns Garner Field, a general aviation airport east of Uvalde.

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