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Uvalde, Texas
Green space in the town square, Uvalde, TX IMG 4270.JPG
Leona River fountain, Uvalde, TX IMG 1292.JPG
Grand Opera House, Uvalde, TX IMG 4261.JPG
Green space in the Uvalde Town Square; Fountain at Leona River, Uvalde Memorial Park; Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House
Nickname(s): 
City of Trees;
Location of Uvalde, Texas
Location of Uvalde, Texas
Uvalde County Uvalde.svg
Coordinates: 29°12′52″N 99°47′23″W / 29.21444°N 99.78972°W / 29.21444; -99.78972Coordinates: 29°12′52″N 99°47′23″W / 29.21444°N 99.78972°W / 29.21444; -99.78972
Country United States
State Texas
County Uvalde
Government
 • Type Council–manager
Area
 • Total 7.67 sq mi (19.87 km2)
 • Land 7.66 sq mi (19.85 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
909 ft (277 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,751
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,001
 • Density 2,087.81/sq mi (806.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
78801-78802
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-74588
GNIS feature ID 1370541
Website UvaldeTX.com

Uvalde ( 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.

Geography

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.

Climate

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.

Demographics

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

At the 2000 census, 14,929 people, 4,796 households and 3,716 families resided in the city. The population density was 2,220.2 per square mile (857.8/km2). The 5,313 housing units averaged 790.1 per square mile (305.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.3% Hispanic or Latino, 19.2% White, 0.47% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0% from other races, and 2.97% from two or more races.

Of the 4,796 households, 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 not 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.

About 32.4% of the population was 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% was 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 for a family 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.

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%
2019 (est.) 16,001 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

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.

Religion

  • 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 www.trinitylutheranuvalde.org

Transportation

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.

Education

The city is served by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District which serves Uvalde, Real and Zavala Counties. The school district has 10 schools.

Southwest Texas Junior College has a campus near Uvalde, next to Garner Field.

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

Notable people

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, movie star and singer-songwriter and wife of Roy Rogers; and former Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe (after whom the post office is named). The city is home to the Grammy Award-winning Tejano/Norteño group Los Palominos.

Other notable residents include
  • King Fisher, gunslinger, buried in Uvalde
  • Vann McElroy, former NFL star and Super Bowl winner
  • Harvey Hildebran, former Texas state representative
  • Ben Kinchlow, Former Co-host of The 700 Club
  • Pete Conrad, Former astronaut
  • Brooks Raley, MLB Pitcher for the Houston Astros
  • Carlos Guevara, Former MLB pitcher
  • Bobby Bonner, Former MLB Shortstop
  • Dave Hilton (baseball), Former MLB Third Baseman
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