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A+ Laredo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A+ Laredo Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% lower than Texas
7921% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Laredo cost of living
C Laredo Crime Total crime is 1% lower than Texas
Total crime
2,7476% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 376% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
Laredo crime
D- Laredo Employment Household income is 28% lower than Texas
Median household income
$39,54829% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$15,95647% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%30% lower than the US average
Laredo employment
F Laredo Housing Home value is 20% lower than Texas
Median home value
$113,50039% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$76419% lower than the US average
Home ownership
63%1% lower than the US average
Laredo real estate or Laredo rentals
B- Laredo Schools HS graduation rate is 20% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
62%25% lower than the US average
School test scores
68%38% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:13% higher than the US average
Laredo K-12 schools or Laredo colleges

Living in Laredo, TX

Laredo is a big city located in the state of Texas. The city has a population of 251,671 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (95% White). Given that fact, Laredo could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Laredo are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 90% of the population also speak Spanish. Laredo tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 29 is far below the national average.

Living in Laredo can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Texas, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Laredo and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from weather, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Texas and national averages.

Using data and statistics Laredo has received a livability score of 78 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 91st percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on this score, Laredo would be considered a very livable city! The cherry on top is that Laredo also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. For each of the livability categories, we know that Laredo ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (A+), weather (A-) and education (B-). Laredo does not fare well for the following: employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Laredo, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: TAMIU Planetarium, San Augustin Plaza, and San Agustin Church.

From the cost of groceries to never ending utility bills, monthly expenses can add up in a hurry. We are happy to report that the cost of living in Laredo is actually 22.82% lower than the national average. You can definitely expect all those irritating monthly expenses to be less than most other cities.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Laredo have a test score average of 68%, which is well above the US average.

Assuming that Laredo meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Laredo. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Laredo are simply unattainable. The median home price for Laredo homes is $113,500, which is 20.5% lower than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Laredo, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 11.5% higher than the Texas average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Laredo area were 5.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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The worst place ever

Laredo is a horrible place to live and the most depressing. The people are rude and ugly and hate everybody and their mama if they don't speak Spanish. Ive never been to a place in America where you had to speak a foreign language. It's like they forgot that Laredo belongs to the U.S. I wouldn't recommend anyone to move or visit Laredo. You are better off going to the middle East for a vacation.
  • 2 -1
Not a great vacation spot...

There isn't a lot going on in this town and wishing that we hadn't booked a week on unreliable information from the tourist bureau. They make it look super clean and beautiful, but it isn't for the most part. I didn't expect to have to know spanish/mexican to order a meal in the hub of downtown, a big shock in an American city. The have many shops that sell the same "imports" from across the border but at a higher price. There are several malls, and these are pretty much the typical American experience, with a big language barrier. I'm not sure how this town rated as high as it did, similar to Plano, Tx - which is incredibly clean and ranks 33/100 on the crime index compared to 9/100, for Laredo, on the same index - with 9/100 being worse for crime. Very disappointing visit.
  • 2 -1
Laredo, Texas - Abundant scenic splendor

The city of Laredo Texas is known for its abundance of breathtaking natural scenes and wonderful nature. Having many fantastic positive features throughout the city, there is none quite as amazing as the Rio Grande. The river unites this border region and is habitat to some of the most extraordinary creatures. Recently, Laredo TX has become home to a bi-national kayak and canoe competition.

All the natural beauties are at times taken for granted by us, the local residents. In recent times, my sister informed me of her plans to visit Laredo. I remember being excited to see her and immediately planned the itinerary. In doing so I realized just how marvelously breathtaking Laredo, TX can be. The Rio Grande, as I mentioned previously, is home to many wonderful creatures, fabulous views, and events. The Laredo Birding Festival was on the itinerary and a perfect festival for my bird loving sister to attend.

My sister was elated. Every day of the festival began with an outdoor sighting and ended with a seminar. Local and world know photographer assisted in fabulous views and shots of Laredo TX birds such as the White-collared Seedeater, the Green parakeet, the Least Grebe, White-tipped Dove, Groovebilled Ani, and the Green Jay.

In summary, my sister was in awe of the scenic splendors, wonderful wildlife sightings, small town charm, and neighborly attitude of Laredo TX; the all familiar place that I call home.
  • 0 -3
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Source: The Laredo, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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