Laredo is a relatively large city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 257,156 people and 58 constituent neighborhoods, Laredo is the tenth largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Laredo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Laredo is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Laredo who work in office and administrative support (16.05%), sales jobs (12.48%), and management occupations (7.98%).
Many people in Laredo take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Laredo citizens for affordable transportation.
The percentage of adults in Laredo who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.93% of the adults in Laredo have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Laredo in 2010 was $15,956, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,824 for a family of four. However, Laredo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Laredo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.33% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Laredo is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Laredo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Laredo, accounting for 95.38% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Laredo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Laredo include English, Irish, Italian, and French .
In addition, Laredo has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.39%).
The most common language spoken in Laredo is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.