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Laredo, TX

Laredo, TX

Moving to Laredo, Texas​

Laredo sits on the north bank of the Rio Grande river in Southern Texas, only 147 miles from the coastal city of Corpus Christi and 156 miles from the Alamo City of San Antonio. The town ranks as the tenth most inhabited Texan city with an estimated population of 257,384. Because of its location, this city is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area, which is one of six American-Mexican metros on the border. The rich history and cultural environment combine with American-Mexican heritage to create a unique atmosphere. Moving to Laredo is a good option for those pursuing diverse lifestyles and international opportunities.

Moving to Laredo, Texas

What makes Laredo a great city to move to?

Weather

The area has a semiarid climate with hot summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures average high 80s and winter temps average low 50s, making snowfall extremely rare. Laredo is known for long periods of extreme heat (up to 114°F) that can instantly change to severe storms due to its geographic location. Total annual precipitation is 18.8 inches and average humidity is 62 percent.

Food

Less than 10 miles from Mexico, it’s no surprise that Laredo offers some of the best authentic Mexican food in Texas. Local favorites include:

  • Taco Palenque
  • Palenque Grill
  • El Capataz
  • El Meson De San Augustine
  • Las Kekas
  • Rochas El Catan Grill
  • El Taco Tote

Not a big fan of Mexican food? Choose from Mayan, Latin, Italian, Korean and American dishes, too. Treat your taste buds to Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q, The Tack Room, Posh Sushi Grill, Scratch Sandwich Company, Border Foundry Restaurant & Bar or BBQ Park for a delicious alternative to the many Mexican eateries.

Shopping

Laredoans enjoy the ultimate cultural shopping experience on San Bernardo Avenue. This historical shopping district provides 40 blocks of imported Mexican pottery, clothing and jewelry. Other places to find great buys are:

  • Mall Del Norte (over 160 stores and restaurants)
  • Fountain Centre (high-end shops)
  • North Creek Mall (national retail chains)
  • El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market (artisan foods and craft vendors)

History and culture

Spanish Captain Don Tomás Sánchez founded Laredo in 1755. The city began as a small village and became the capital of its own country, the Independent Republic of the Rio Grande, from January of 1840 until fall of that same year. The capitol building stands today as the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum and is open for tours. Its historical background makes the area a hot spot for culture and art. Check out these attractions for entertainment and educational experiences:

  • Casa Ortiz
  • Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum
  • Laredo Theater Guild International
  • Laredo Center for the Arts
  • Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale
  • Texas A&M International University Art Gallery

For a true local experience, Laredoans celebrate George Washington’s birthday the whole month of February. The tradition began when former mayor Samuel M. Jarvis (1822-1893) held a party at his downtown home in honor of Washington’s birthday. He encouraged a larger celebration, but didn’t live long enough to see it. The month-long celebration features a Jalapeño Festival, air-show, parades, fireworks, live concerts and a city-wide prom. The festival attracts over 400,000 people each year.

Outdoor activities

Laredo is ideal for people who enjoy the outdoors. The city is a prime location for bird watching — over 240 species of native and migratory birds are spotted each year. During the hot summers, go boating, jet skiing, water skiing and fishing at Lake Casa Blanca. The area is also home to the Cola Blanca Big Buck Hunting Contest. Hunters can find game of whitetail trophy bucks, quail, dove, javelina and squirrel. Golfing is popular in Laredo, too. Tee off at the Max, a Mandel Municipal Golf Course designed by world-famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II.

International trade

Laredo’s economy is based on international trade with Mexico. According to the Greater Houston Partnership, Laredo ranks as the country’s third-busiest customs district with $280 billion in total trade in 2014. The top five trade partners are Mexico, China, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand. Importing and exporting is possible through the Port of Laredo, four international bridges and the Texas Mexican Railway International Bridge. More than 12,000 commercial trucks and 1,500 railway trades cross daily (according to WorldCity). Major imports and exports include vehicles, car parts, gasoline, fuels, cellular phones and aircrafts.   

Education

There are two public school districts in Laredo and 11 private schools. The Laredo Independent School District (LISD) has 33 educational institutions and averages 25,000 students per year. The United Independent School District (UISD) educates nearly 43,000 students on 42 campuses annually. The area’s high school graduation rate is 65.5 percent. There are many higher education opportunities in Laredo with a 16.8 percent college degree attainment rate. A few colleges and universities serving the area include Laredo Community College, Texas A&M International University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Laredo.

Employment

As of April 2016, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and job growth was up 1.33 percent. The two main industries in Laredo are trade and transportation. Top employers are Laredo Medical Center, Laredo Sector Border Patrol, City of Laredo, UISD, LISD, H-E-B, McDonald’s and Wal-Mart.

Cost of living

Living costs in Laredo are less than other Texas cities like Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The overall cost of living is 6.7 percent below the national standard with median household incomes at $41,144. Home prices average $111,800 and there are no state income taxes.  

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Moving to Laredo with U-Pack®

If you’re moving to Laredo, let U-Pack help! We’re a “you pack, we drive” moving service that transports your belongings to your new home in Texas quickly and safely. Here’s how moving with U-Pack works:

  • We deliver an empty trailer or ReloCube® to your home
  • You load your belongings
  • We drive to your new home (estimated time of 2-5 business days)
  • You unload and we pick up the empty equipment

It’s simple and affordable! Get a free online moving quote or call a U-Pack consultant at 877-453-7274 to see how much your move to Laredo will cost.

Station Address:
Address: 11802 Mines Rd
Laredo, TX 78045
United States
Phone Numbers:
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Fax: (956) 722-0216

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