|About Laredo |
Laredo (pronounced /ləˈreɪdoʊ/ "luh-RAID-o" in English, [laˈɾeðo] in Spanish) is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande (Río Bravo) in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2006 census estimate, the city population was 217,559. Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area with an estimate population of 737,396. Laredo's economy is primarily based on international trade with Mexico whereas it has the distinction of being the largest inland port in the United States. Most major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo. Laredo's location along the southern end of IH-35 and in proximity with maquiladoras (manufacturers) in North Mexico promotes its vital role in trade between the United States and Mexico.
Laredo has the distinction of having seven flags flown over the city. Having been founded in 1755, Laredo grew from a villa to the Capital of the brief Republic of the Rio Grande to the largest inland port on the United States-Mexican Border. Today, it has four international bridges and one railway bridge. Laredo's weather is semi-arid during the summer and mild during the winter.
Laredo International Airport is within the Laredo city limits, while the Quetzalcoatl International Airport is nearby in Nuevo Laredo in Mexico. Texas A&M International University and Laredo Community College call Laredo home. The biggest festival, Washington's Birthday Celebration is during February all month long, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 79.6 square miles (206.0 km²), of which, 78.5 square miles (203.2 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it (1.37%) is water.
Laredo is located on the west end of the Rio Grande Plains which is south of the Edwards Plateau, Coastal Plains to the east, and Mexican Mountains to the west. The area consists of a few hills and flat land covered mostly of brush: grass lands, drawf oak, and mesquite. It is a prime location for deer and javelina hunting for the annual Cola Blanca Contest that brings hunters from across the United States and Mexico. A notable geographic feature is Lake Casa Blanca in Lake Casa Blanca International State Park. The city's lake consists of 371 acres (1.5 km²) of land and 1,650 acres (7 km²) of lake.
Spring temperatures for the City of Laredo average at 89ºF maximum and 54ºF minimum; Summer temperatures average at 98ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum; Fall temperatures average at 95ºF maximum and 70ºF minimum; Winter temperatures average 71ºF maximum and 46ºF minimum. On average, there are 179 days out of the year that exceed 90ºF weather and 14 days that fall below 32ºF. The average annual precipitation is 19 inches, and the annual average humidity is 62%.
Industry and Commerce
Laredo is located in the primary trade route connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico, and the gateway to Mexico''s industrial corridor, Laredo offer an growing market and business opportunities and profit potential for investors.
Locally known as Los Laredos, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo are actually one city divided only by the Rio Grande. Originally settled by the Spaniards in 1755, Laredo-Nuevo Laredo became the first "official" Port of Entry on the US-Mexico border in 1851. Now, the Laredo Customs District handles more trade than the ones in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas combined.
Laredo is the only U.S./Mexico border city strategically positioned at the convergence of all land transportation systems. Mexicos principal highway and railroad leading from Central America through Mexico City, Queretaro, San Luis Potosí, Saltillo and Monterrey, the industrial corridor of Mexico, converge at Laredo to meet two major U.S. rail-lines, Inter-state 35 and other roads which fan outwards to the urban centers and seaports of Texas and beyond to Northern States and Canadian Provinces including Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ontario.