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City of Laredo

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): "The Gateway City" & "The City Under Seven Flags"
Location of Laredo in Webb County
Coordinates: 27°31′28″N 99°29′26″W / 27.52444°N 99.49056°W / 27.52444; -99.49056Coordinates: 27°31′28″N 99°29′26″W / 27.52444°N 99.49056°W / 27.52444; -99.49056
Country United States
State Texas
County Webb
Metropolitan Area Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
Settled 1755
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Raul Salinas (D)[1]
Mike Garza
Hector J. Garcia
Michael Landeck
Juan Narvaez
Johnny Rendon
Gene Belmares
Jose Valdez Jr.
Cindy Liendo Espinoza
 • City Manager Carlos R. Villarreal[2]
 • City 90.01 sq mi (233.12 km2)
 • Land 88.91 sq mi (230.27 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (2.85 km2)  1.30%
 • Metro 161.76 sq mi (418.96 km2)
Elevation 438 ft (137.2 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 236,091 (81st)
 • Density 2,655.39/sq mi (1,025.27/km2)
 • Metro 636,516
 • Metro density 3,934.94/sq mi (1,519.27/km2)
 • Demonym Laredoan
  metro area includes Laredo, Texas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Colombia, Nuevo León, & Villa Hidalgo, Coahuila
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
Zip Code 78040, 78041, 78042, 78043, 78044, 78045, 78046, 78049
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-41464[3]
GNIS feature ID 1339633[4]
Laredo Airport: Laredo International Airport KLRD (LRD)

Laredo is a mid-sized city in southern Texas, United States established in the year 1755. Laredo has a population of 207,787. Hispanics make up 90% of the total population, and the city is largely Catholic. Laredo is a border city which is part of the bi-national metropolitan area of Laredo, Texas - Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico with a total population of 575,585. The main sources of income for Laredo is international trade, followed by retail sales.


Laredo was founded by Don Tomas Sanchez under the name of Villa de San Agustin de Laredo in 1755 in a colony called Nuevo Santander in New Spain. Today, most of Nuevo Santander is part of Texas.

Map of Laredo in 1892