Webb County, Texas

Webb County: County in Texas, United States

About

Webb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 250,304 and a population density of 29 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 277,681 inhabitants. Its county seat is Laredo. The county was created 176 years ago in 1848.

Webb County is located in southern Texas along the border with Mexico. As of the 2020 census, the population was 275,910 making it the 7th most populous county in Texas. The county seat is Laredo.

History

Early history

The county was established in 1848 and named after James Webb, who fought in the Mexican-American War. Laredo was designated as the county seat in 1850.

20th century

Webb County's economy relied on ranching early on. In the 1900s, bridge openings enhanced trade between Laredo and Mexico. The population grew steadily.

Economy

Trade

As the largest inland port on the US-Mexico border, international trade is a major part of Webb County's economy. The Laredo Port of Entry is the largest commercial crossing on the border.

Oil and gas

Oil and natural gas production is another big industry, as Webb County sits on part of the Eagle Ford Shale formation. Major pipelines transport energy products.

Manufacturing

There are sizable manufacturing operations, including automotive parts, plastics, and electronics assembly.

Attractions

Popular attractions include:

  • The San Agustin Cathedral - historic downtown Laredo church
  • Lake Casa Blanca International State Park - offers fishing, hiking, biking
  • Laredo Center for the Arts - hosts exhibits and performances
Webb County locator map
Location of Webb County on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Webb County

Population : 277,681 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
Area : 8743 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.4%
Land as percent of area : 99.6%
Named for : James Webb
Altitude : 591 feet / 180 meters
Capital : Laredo
Establishment : January 01, 1848
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 02:54:18 (20th April 2024)
Density : 32 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 9.86% (2010-2020)
Webb County Courthouse 2 image
Webb County Courthouse 2
Webb County Courthouse 2 image

Geography

Webb County is located at 27°45'40"N 99°19'54"W (27.7610600, -99.3315700). It has 3 neighbors: Dimmit County, Jim Hogg County and McMullen County.

Webb County map

The largest city of Webb County is Laredo with a population of 263,640. Other cities include, Rio Bravo population 4,608, Cactus population 3,235 and El Cenizo population 3,092. See all Webb County cities & populated places.

Webb County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Webb County.

City Name Population Title
Laredo 263,640 The third most populous city in Texas and the center of the Laredo metropolitan area.
Rio Bravo 4,608 City in Webb County, Texas, United States
Cactus 3,235 City in Texas, USA
El Cenizo 3,092 City in Webb County, Texas, United States

Webb County has 3 neighbours.

  • Laredo

Demographics

The population of Webb County increased by 9.86% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 250,304 - census
2011 255,935 2.2% estimation process
2012 260,595 1.79% estimation process
2013 264,430 1.45% estimation process
2014 267,465 1.13% estimation process
2015 269,865 0.89% estimation process
2016 272,301 0.89% estimation process
2017 273,691 0.51% estimation process
2018 275,120 0.52% estimation process
2019 276,652 0.55% estimation process
2020 277,681 0.37% estimation process

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People born in Webb County (1)

American actor Gus Sorola was born in Webb County

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