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Uvalde, Texas

Uvalde, Texas
City
Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in Uvalde, restored by the late Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe
Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in Uvalde, restored by the late Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe
Location of Uvalde, Texas
Location of Uvalde, Texas
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Texas
County Uvalde
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council

Mayor Don McLaughlin
Uvalde City Council:
Margaret Palermo
John H. Flores, Jr.
Rogelio M. Muñoz
Stephen E. Balke
Ernest W. "Chip" King, III

City attorney Barney Knight
 • City Manager Vincent DiPiazzi
Area
 • Total 7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)
 • Land 7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 909 ft (277 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,751
 • Density 2,100/sq mi (800/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78801-78802
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-74588[1]
GNIS feature ID 1370541[2]
Website UvaldeTX.com
Uvalde City Hall

Uvalde is a city in and the county seat of Uvalde County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 15,751 at the 2010 census.[4]

Uvalde was founded by Juan de Ugalde (Cádiz, Andalucía, 1729-1816) and was chosen as county seat. It is usually considered the southern limit of the Texas Hill Country or the most northerly part of South Texas. Historically, Uvalde is known as the Honey Capital of the World for production of huajillo (also spelled guajillo) honey, a mild, light-colored honey, dating back to the 1870s.

Uvalde was the home of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner, former Speaker of the House and Vice President of the United States. Latino Rapper Ernesto Vasquez Known as Texaz Made Soulja. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, actress Dale Evans, and former Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe (after whom the post office is named), were born in Uvalde. The city is also home to the Grammy Award-winning Tejano/Norteño group Los Palominos.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Economy 3
  • Education 4
  • Cultural attractions 5
  • Religion 6
  • Transportation 7
  • Notable people 8
  • Media 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Geography

Uvalde is located at (29.214313, -99.789644)[5] at the crossroads of U.S Hwy 90 and U.S. Hwy 83.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.8 km2), all of it land.[7]

Uvalde is known as one of the best locations for soaring in the United States. It is the site of the 1991 and 2012 World Gliding Championships.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Uvalde has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa, on climate maps.[8]

Demographics

At the 2010 census,[1] the population was 15,751 people

At the 2000 census, there were 14,929 people, 4,796 households and 3,716 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,220.2 per square mile (857.8/km²). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 790.1 per square mile (305.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.27% White, 0.47% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 22.12% from other races, and 2.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.48% of the population.

There were 4,796 households of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.50.

32.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median household income was $25,259 and the median family income was $27,897. Males had a median income of $25,600 compared with $15,674 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,735. About 24.2% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.1% of those under age 18 and 23.8% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

The Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce lists the following organizations in the Uvalde Area. Some are social or volunteer organizations, but most are employers.

[11]
Category of Organizations Numbers of Organizations in that Category
Advertising and Media 5
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment 12
Business and Professional Services 44
Construction Equipment and Contractors 16
Finance and Insurance 35
Health Care 21
Industrial Supplies and Services 7
Lodging and Travel 23
Personal Services and Care 7
Public Utilities and Environment 9
Religious Organizations 3
Shopping and Retail 29
Transportation 4
Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry 6
Automotive and Marine 15
Computers and Telecommunications 4
Family, Community, and Civic Organizations 15
Government, Education, Individuals 18
Home and Garden 6
Legal 2
Manufacturing, Production, and Wholesale 4
Pets and Veterinary 1
Real Estate, Moving, Storage 8
Restaurants, Food and Beverage 20
Sports and Recreation 25

Education

The city is served by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District which serves Uvalde, Real and Zavala counties. The school district has ten schools.

Southwest Texas Junior College has a campus near Uvalde, next to Garner Field.

Cultural attractions

John Nance Garner Museum in Uvalde

Also located in Uvalde:[13]

  • The Aviation Museum at Garner Field, which has displays of World War II aircraft;
  • The Briscoe Art and Antique Collection, which displays the collection of former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe; and
  • The Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House, which hosts community theater and concerts.

Religion

  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Episcopal Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Baptist Temple Church
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Transportation

A glimpse of downtown Uvalde near the intersection of U.S. Routes 83 and 90

Uvalde, along with San Antonio, Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, and Corpus Christi, was a major stop on the defunct San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad, which operated from 1909 until it was merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1956. From 1909 to 1912, the SAU&G was known as the Crystal City and Uvalde Railroad. The San Antonio-to-Corpus Christi freight route is now within the Union Pacific system.[14]

The City of Uvalde owns Garner Field, a general aviation airport east of Uvalde.[15]

Notable people

Media

  • Uvalde Leader-News

See also

References

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  6. ^ Sources in the city erroneously say it is "at the crossroads of the nation's two longest highways, U.S. 90 and U.S. 83." (e.g. http://www.visituvalde.com/attractions.html . Neither is the longest in the U.S.
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  8. ^ Climate Summary for Uvalde, Texas
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  11. ^ http://www.uvalde.org/#!contact/c2q4
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  15. ^ http://www.airnav.com/airport/KUVA

External links

  • City of Uvalde official website
  • Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District
  • Uvalde County website
  • Uvalde High School Alumni Association
  • Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Uvalde Leader-News
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