Rio Grande City is a somewhat small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 14,404 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Rio Grande City is the 177th largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rio Grande City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rio Grande City is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rio Grande City who work in office and administrative support (13.75%), teaching (12.20%), and sales jobs (9.27%).
A relatively large number of people in Rio Grande City telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.81% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
The citizens of Rio Grande City are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.14% of adults in Rio Grande City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Rio Grande City in 2010 was $15,232, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,928 for a family of four. However, Rio Grande City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Rio Grande City also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.66% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Rio Grande City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rio Grande City residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Rio Grande City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 93.45% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rio Grande City include Irish, Italian, Scottish, and Czech.
Rio Grande City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.96%.
The most common language spoken in Rio Grande City is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.