La Sara, Texas

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Population in July 2007: 7,190.
Males: 3,533  (49.1%)
Females: 3,657  (50.9%)
Median resident age:  28.2 years
Texas median age:  32.3 years

Zip code: 78580

Estimated median household income in 2012: $22,450 (it was $19,133 in 2000)
La Sara:

$22,450
TX:

$50,740
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $10,992 (it was $8,860 in 2000)

La Sara CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $43,226 (it was $29,100 in 2000)
La Sara:

$43,226
TX:

$129,200
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $50,598; Detached houses: $51,890; Townhouses or other attached units: $22,847; In 2-unit structures: $45,851; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $47,667; Mobile homes: $38,222
La Sara races chart
  • Hispanic - 6,444 (91.0%)
  • White alone - 562 (7.9%)
  • Black alone - 37 (0.5%)
  • Two or more races - 20 (0.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 15 (0.2%)
  • Asian alone - 5 (0.07%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.01%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in La Sara: 115.3 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 137.4 square miles.

Population density: 52 people per square mile   (very low).

La Sara, Texas map

For population 25 years and over in La Sara:

  • High school or higher: 42.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 6.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.8%
  • Unemployed: 14.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in La Sara CCD:

  • Never married: 28.3%
  • Now married: 58.5%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 6.2%
  • Divorced: 7.0%



According to our research of Texas and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in La Sara, Texas as of July 01, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in La Sara to the number of sex offenders is 7,190 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

La Sara CCD:  1.6% ($452)
Texas:  1.8% ($1,393)
La Sara satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Harlingen, TX (24.1 miles , pop. 57,564).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Corpus Christi, TX (90.4 miles , pop. 277,454).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Antonio, TX (207.6 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities: Ranchette Estates, TX (1.8 miles) , Lasara, TX (1.9 miles ), Los Angeles Subdivision, TX (2.3 miles) , Raymondville, TX (2.4 miles ), Bausell and Ellis, TX (2.6 miles) , Lyford, TX (2.8 miles ), Lyford South, TX (2.9 miles) , Hargill, TX (3.0 miles ).

Latitude: 26.50 N, Longitude: 97.87 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 956

La Sara household income distribution La Sara home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

11.3%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Health care (26%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)

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Average climate in La Sara, Texas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

La Sara-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/12/1969, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 22.9 miles away from the La Sara place center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 4/19/1965, a category F3 tornado 31.5 miles away from the place center .

Earthquake activity:

La Sara-area historical earthquake activity is below Texas state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/23/2007 at 19:09:15, a magnitude 5.6 (5.4 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 332.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 160.3 miles away from La Sara center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 424.2 miles away from the city center
On 3/24/1997 at 22:31:34, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 84.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/7/2008 at 09:51:12, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, 3.9 MW, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 167.3 miles away from La Sara center
On 7/20/1991 at 23:38:19, a magnitude 3.6 (3.4 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 166.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Willacy County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 11, Fire: 1, Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near La Sara:

  • WILLACY COUNTY GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 5 miles away; RAYMONDVILLE, TX)
  • RETAMA MANOR NURSING CENTER/RAYMONDVILLE (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; RAYMONDVILLE, TX)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to La Sara:

  • The University of Texas-Pan American (about 24 miles; Edinburg, TX; Full-time enrollment: 16,766)
  • Texas State Technical College-Harlingen (about 24 miles; Harlingen, TX; FT enrollment: 3,700)
  • South Texas College (about 31 miles; McAllen, TX; FT enrollment: 19,701)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (about 49 miles; Brownsville, TX; FT enrollment: 9,165)
  • Texas A & M University-Kingsville (about 71 miles; Kingsville, TX; FT enrollment: 9,295)
  • Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (about 91 miles; Corpus Christi, TX; FT enrollment: 9,092)
  • Del Mar College (about 92 miles; Corpus Christi, TX; FT enrollment: 5,213)

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Notable locations in La Sara: El Ebanito Windmill (A), Esperanza Ranch (B), Juan Barrientos Windmill (C), La Sal Vieja Ranch (D), La Sal Windmill (E), La Tordilla Windmill (F), Laguna Panda Windmill (G), Los Ansares Windmill (H), Saltine Windmill (I), Salvado Windmill (J), San Leonardo Windmill (K), Steer Windmill (L), Raymondville Fire Department (M), Willacy County Crime Victim Benefit (N), Raymondville Police Department (O), Lasara Volunteer Fire Department (P). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in La Sara include: Iglesia Bautista Mexicana Church (A), Calvario Assembly of God Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Chavez Cemetery (1), Garcia Cemetery (2), Lasara Memorial Cemetery (3), San Martin Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: La Sal Vieja (A), Harbin Reservoir (B), Teniente Wid Number 1 Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Willacy County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2005 was 48.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

48.5
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 10.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.6
U.S.:

9.1
Average household size:
This place:  3.6 people
Texas:  2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  84.9%
Whole state:  69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  4.0%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

39.8%
Whole state:

15.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

15.2%
Whole state:

6.7%

People in group quarters in La Sara in 2000:

  • 40 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 3 people in religious group quarters

La Sara compared to Texas state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (49%)
  • Electricity (32%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17%)
  • No fuel used (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for La Sara CCD (based on Willacy County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 77.44%
Here: 77.4%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents77.1%10.5%3.8%2.1%1.3%
Congregations20.6%11.8%8.8%2.9%8.8%
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchChurch of God of ProphecyOther
Adherents1.1%0.9%0.8%0.5%2.2%
Congregations2.9%2.9%5.9%5.9%29.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Willacy County:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Willacy County:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Willacy County:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

3.91 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.8%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Willacy County:

27.6%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.0%
State:

15.7%

5.09% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($25,767 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.09%
Texas average:

7.14%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Cameron County, TX  1.50% ($27,549 average AGI)
from Hidalgo County, TX  1.15% ($24,600)
from Harris County, TX  0.23% ($19,929)


5.96% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,885 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.96%
Texas average:

6.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cameron County, TX  1.97% ($30,050 average AGI)
to Hidalgo County, TX  1.13% ($31,464)
to Harris County, TX  0.24% ($24,733)

Strongest AM radio stations in La Sara:

  • KGBT (1530 AM; 50 kW; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KURV (710 AM; 10 kW; EDINBURG, TX; Owner: VOICE OF VALLEY AGRICULTURE, INC.)
  • KSOX (1240 AM; 1 kW; RAYMONDVILLE, TX; Owner: VOICE OF VALLEY AGRICULTURE, INC.)
  • KUBR (1210 AM; 10 kW; SAN JUAN, TX; Owner: PAULINO BERNAL)
  • KVJY (840 AM; 5 kW; PHARR, TX; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF MCALLEN LICENSE CORP.)
  • KRGE (1290 AM; 5 kW; WESLACO, TX; Owner: CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES OF THE VALLEY)
  • KRIO (910 AM; 5 kW; MCALLEN, TX; Owner: RIO GRANDE BIBLE INSTITUTE, INC.)
  • KQXX (1700 AM; 10 kW; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Owner: LA NUEVA KBOR, INC.)
  • KCTA (1030 AM; 50 kW; CORPUS CHRISTI, TX; Owner: BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF THE SOUTHWEST)
  • KBOR (1600 AM; 10 kW; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Owner: LA NUEVA KBOR, INC.)
  • KKYX (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KTKR (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOAI (1200 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in La Sara:

  • KILM (102.1 FM; RAYMONDVILLE, TX; Owner: BMP 102.1 FM, LP)
  • KVLY (107.9 FM; EDINBURG, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • KBIC (105.7 FM; RAYMONDVILLE, TX; Owner: CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES OF THE VALLEY)
  • KTEX (100.3 FM; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFRQ (94.5 FM; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • KGBT-FM (98.5 FM; MCALLEN, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KBFM (104.1 FM; EDINBURG, TX; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KVMV (96.9 FM; MCALLEN, TX; Owner: WORLD RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • KBTQ (96.1 FM; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KTER (90.7 FM; RUDOLPH, TX; Owner: FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORP.)
  • KKPS (99.5 FM; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • KMAZ (106.3 FM; MERCEDES, TX; Owner: LA NUEVA KBOR, INC.)
  • KJAV (104.9 FM; ALAMO, TX; Owner: PAULINO BERNAL)

TV broadcast stations around La Sara:

  • KMAO-LP (Channel 50; RAYMONDVILLE, TX; Owner: ARACELIS ORTIZ)
  • KRYM-LP (Channel 55; RAYMONDVILLE, TX; Owner: ALMA L. RODRIGUEZ)
  • KRGV-TV (Channel 5; WESLACO, TX; Owner: MOBILE VIDEO TAPES, INC.)
  • KGBT-TV (Channel 4; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • KVEO (Channel 23; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Owner: COMCORP OF TEXAS LICENSE CORP.)
  • KLUJ (Channel 44; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION)
  • KMBH (Channel 60; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: RGV EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTLM (Channel 40; RIO GRANDE CITY, TX; Owner: SUNBELT MULTIMEDIA CO.)
  • KNVO (Channel 48; Mc ALLEN, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KFTN-LP (Channel 30; La FERIA, TX; Owner: ORTIZ BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KTIZ-LP (Channel 52; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: ORTIZ BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KLIA-LP (Channel 32; McALLEN, TX; Owner: ORTIZ BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KSFE-LP (Channel 67; McALLEN, TX; Owner: ORTIZ BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 1.2 Miles South Of Sr-186, 8.2 Miles West Of Us-77 (Lat: 26.462833 Lon: -97.916667), Call Sign: KLB560, Licensee ID: L00035991
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.510 MHz
    Expiration Date: 04/01/1999, Cancellation Date: 06/05/1999
    Registrant: Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc., 480 South 6th Street, Raymondville, TX 78580-2487, Phone: (202) 328-8200

FAA Registered Aircraft:

5
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-400A (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W PT6A SER (750 HP) (Turbo-prop)
    N-Number: 23951 , Serial Number: 400A-0447, Year manufactured: 1982, Airworthiness Date: 04/13/1982
    Registrant (Individual): Bennard S Ii Rowland, Po Box 72, La Sara, TX 78561
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W CANADA PT6A-60A (1050 HP) (Turbo-prop)
    N-Number: 7314D , Serial Number: 502-0003, Year manufactured: 1987, Airworthiness Date: 06/26/1987
    Registrant (Individual): Bennard S Ii Dba Rowland, Po Box 72, La Sara, TX 78561, Other Owners: Dusters Rowland
  • Aircraft: VARGA AIRCRAFT CORP. 2150A (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 60 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8279J , Serial Number: VAC-125-79, Year manufactured: 1979, Airworthiness Date: 03/23/1979
    Registrant (Individual): Bennard S Ii Rowland, Po Box 72, La Sara, TX 78561
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 135 mph), Engine: LYCOMING TI0-540 SER (310 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9083P , Serial Number: 24-4553, Year manufactured: 1966, Airworthiness Date: 09/29/1966
    Registrant (Individual): Bennard S Ii Rowland, Po Box 72, La Sara, TX 78561
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W PT6A SER (750 HP) (Turbo-prop)
    N-Number: 914BR , Serial Number: 502-0189, Year manufactured: 1992, Airworthiness Date: 09/22/1992
    Registrant (Individual): Bennard S Dba Rowland, Po Box 72, La Sara, TX 78561, Other Owners: Dusters Rowland

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1

La Sara on our top lists:

  • #68 on the list of "Top 100 least-educated cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 100 cities with lowest ratio of median house value to median household income (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
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