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Webb County, Texas
Seal of Webb County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Webb County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1848
Seat Laredo
Largest City Laredo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,375 sq mi (8,741 km²)
3,361 sq mi (8,705 km²)
14 sq mi (36 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

250,304
74/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone CST (UTC-6) : /
Website: webbcounty.com
Texas Travel Bureau in Webb County, TX IMG 3176
The Texas tourism travel station is located at the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. Route 83 north of Laredo.
Ranch road, Webb County, TX IMG 6080
Typical Webb County ranch road north of Texas State Highway 359 (2012)

Webb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 250,304. Its county seat is Laredo. The county was named after James Webb, who served as Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State, and Attorney General of the Republic of Texas, and later judge of the United States District Court following the admission of Texas to statehood. By area, Webb County is the largest county in South Texas and the sixth largest in the state.

Webb County includes the Laredo metropolitan area.

History

See also: Timeline of Laredo, Texas

Webb County was split in 1856. Encinal County was established on February 1, 1856, and was to have consisted of the eastern portion of Webb County. However, Encinal County was never organized and was finally dissolved on March 12, 1899, with its territory returned as part of Webb County.

Much of Webb County history is based on the prevalence of ranching in the 19th century and continuing thereafter. The Webb County Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve documents and artifacts of the past to guarantee that the regional history is not lost to upcoming generations. In 2015, the foundation, headed by President James E. Moore, presented Heritage Awards to such local notables as the artist Janet Krueger, the journalist Maria Eugenia Guerra, and the Laredo Community College art instructor Martha F. Fenstermaker (1943-2014).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,376 square miles (8,740 km2), of which 3,361 square miles (8,700 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (0.4%) is covered by water.

Major highways

  • I-35
  • [[Template:Infobox road/TX/link BS|Template:Infobox road/TX/abbrev BS]]
  • I-69W
  • US 59
  • US 83
  • SH 12
  • SH 20
  • SH 44
  • [[Template:Infobox road/TX/link Toll|Template:Infobox road/TX/abbrev Toll]]
  • SH 359

Adjacent counties and municipalities

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,397
1870 2,615 87.2%
1880 5,273 101.6%
1890 14,842 181.5%
1900 21,851 47.2%
1910 22,503 3.0%
1920 29,152 29.5%
1930 42,128 44.5%
1940 45,916 9.0%
1950 56,141 22.3%
1960 64,791 15.4%
1970 72,859 12.5%
1980 99,258 36.2%
1990 133,239 34.2%
2000 193,117 44.9%
2010 250,304 29.6%
Est. 2015 269,721 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, 193,117 people, 50,740 households, and 43,433 families resided in the county. The county gained 57,000 additional residents between 2000 and 2010. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). The 55,206 housing units averaged 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.16% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 14.00% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. About 94% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 50,740 households, 53.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.60% were married couples living together, 18.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.40% were not families; 12.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.75 and the average family size was 4.10.

In the county, the population was distributed as 36.20% under the age of 18, 11.40% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 15.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,100, and for a family was $29,394. Males had a median income of $23,618 versus $19,018 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,759. About 26.70% of families and 31.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.40% of those under age 18 and 26.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

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