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City of Laredo
Flag of Laredo, Texas
Coat of arms of Laredo, Texas
Coat of arms
Webb County Laredo.svg
Coordinates: 27°31′28″N 99°29′26″W / 27.52444°N 99.49056°W / 27.52444; -99.49056
CountryUnited States
Metropolitan areaLaredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
SettledMay 15, 1755
Settled asVilla de San Agustín de Laredo
Founded byTomás Sánchez
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • City councilMayor Pete Saenz (Democrat in nonpartisan position)
Laredo City Council:
(1) Rudy Gonzalez, Jr.
(2) Vidal Rodriguez
(3) Alejandro Perez, Jr.
(4) Alberto Torres, Jr.
(5) Nelly Vielma
(6) Charlie San Miguel
(7) George Altgelt
(8) Roberto Balli [1]
 • City managerHoracio De Leon (interim)
 • Police chiefGabriel E. Martinez, Jr.[2]
 • City102.6 sq mi (265.7 km2)
 • Land101.1 sq mi (261.8 km2)
 • Water1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Metro
161.76 sq mi (418.96 km2)
438 ft (137.2 m)
 • City244,731 (US: 80th)
 • Metro
259,172 (US: 178th)
 • Demonym
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CST)
ZIP code
78040–78046, 78049
FIPS code48-41464[3]
GNIS feature ID1339633[4]
AirportLaredo International Airport KLRD (LRD)
InterstatesI-35 (TX).svg Interstate 69W
U.S. RoutesUS 59.svg US 83.svg

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


  1. "Government". City of Laredo. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  2. Mikaela Rodriguez, "It's Chief Garner: UISD chief is new top cop at Laredo Police Department", Laredo Morning Times, March 19, 2013, p. 1, 11A
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.