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Laredo Texas Overview, Crime Rate Statistics, and Related Information

Located in the state of Texas, Laredo can be called a relatively large city. With a population of 257,156 residents, Laredo is the tenth largest community in Texas. The city has fifty-eight constituent neighborhoods.

Laredo Texas City overview

Laredo is neither predominantly a white-collar city nor a blue-collar city unlike some cities in America where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy. Instead, residents of this city are employed in both white- and blue-collar jobs. A lot of people in  Laredo work as sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are many inhabitants living in Laredo who work in the office and administrative support departments (16.05 percent), sales jobs (12.48 percent) and management occupations (7.98 percent).

In 2010, the per capita income in Laredo was $15,956, which is quite low compared to Texas and the nation as a whole which has a per capita income of $29,829. This equates to an annual income of $63,824 for a family of four. The median household income of Laredo is $39.548 which is quite low compared to the national mean. However, both very wealthy and poor people reside in Laredo. However, Laredo also has one of the higher rates when it comes to people living below the poverty line which is 31.33 percent.

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With a median cost of homes of $114,834 and a total of 67,651 houses or apartments, real estate prices in Laredo is very cheap as compared to the national average.

People of Laredo use public transport when it comes to commuting to their workplaces. They take the bus mostly for their daily commute. In fact, given the size of the city, a vast majority of the residents use public transportation.

Laredo is nearly on par with the national average regarding college education with 17.9 percent of adults holding a bachelor’s degree or advanced degrees.


Like any other city of America, Laredo has an ethnically rich background where people from different races and communities thrive together harmoniously. However, in Laredo, the vast majority of the people are Hispanic or Latino with a population of 95.4 percent.

They are followed by Whites (3.5 percent), Asians (0.6 percent) and Blacks or African Americans (0.3 percent). Also, the residents of Laredo trace their roots to various ancestries like German (0.7 percent), English (0.5 percent), Irish (0.5 percent), Italian (0.3 percent), French (0.3 percent) and so on. Inhabitants of Laredo mostly speak Spanish (89.5 percent) to communicate with one another. The second most spoken language is English ( 9.9 percent).

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Laredo Texas Crime statistics

With a crime index of 14, Laredo is safer than only 14 percent of the rest of the cities in the nation. The crime rate in Laredo is definitely on the higher side when compared to the national average across all communities. However, since it has a crime rate of 35 crimes per one thousand residents, Laredo cannot be included as of the communities having the highest crime rates.  If you are a resident of the city, your risk of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime is 1 in 29.

The violent crime rate in Laredo is among the higher side.  The risk of a person succumbing to the various violent crimes in the city including rape, murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault is 1 in 270. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand residents.

Laredo's rate of property crime is 31 per one thousand inhabitants where one's chance of becoming a victim of property crimes including theft, arson, burglary, and larceny is one in 32.

According to the crime data supplied by FBI, Laredo cannot be called as one of the safest communities in America. Compared to Texas alone, Laredo has a higher crime rate than 85 percent of the state's cities and towns.

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