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Starr County

Population in 2010: 54. Population change since 2000: -91.4%
Males: 23  (42.6%)
Females: 31  (57.4%)

Median resident age:  45.5 years
Texas median age:  40.8 years

Zip codes: 78582.

Estimated median household income in 2011: $24,919 (it was $16,563 in 2000)
Santa Cruz:

$24,919
Texas:

$49,392
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $16,813

Santa Cruz CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $73,833 (it was $43,800 in 2000)
Santa Cruz:

$73,833
Texas:

$127,700
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $42,370; Detached houses: $42,370

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Santa Cruz: 202.3 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 0.41 square miles.

Population density: 133 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Santa Cruz:

  • High school or higher: 58.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 35.6%
  • Unemployed: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Santa Cruz CDP:

  • Never married: 23.0%
  • Now married: 35.6%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 41.4%
  • Divorced: 0.0%

36 residents are foreign born (41.4% Latin America).

This place:  41.4%
Texas:  16.1%
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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: McAllen, TX (34.2 miles , pop. 106,414).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Corpus Christi, TX (128.0 miles , pop. 277,454).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Antonio, TX (215.2 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities: El Refugio, TX (0.8 miles ), La Puerta, TX (0.9 miles ), Las Lomas, TX (1.1 miles ), Rio Grande City, TX (2.0 miles ), La Casita-Garciasville, TX (2.0 miles ), Alto Bonito, TX (2.6 miles ), Los Villareales, TX (2.8 miles ), La Victoria, TX (2.8 miles ).

Latitude: 26.35 N, Longitude: 98.77 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 956

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

15.6%
Texas:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (100%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (0%)
  • Accommodation and food services (100%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Retail trade (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Assemblers and fabricators (29%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (17%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (17%)
  • Cashiers (8%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (19%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (14%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (13%)
  • Cashiers (13%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (13%)
  • Other transportation workers (13%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)

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Tornado activity:

Santa Cruz-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/19/1965, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 36.4 miles away from the Santa Cruz place center .

On 4/26/1967, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 21.1 miles away from the place center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Starr County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 8, Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Fire: 1, Flood: 1, Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Santa Cruz:

  • STARR COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals, Government - Hospital District or Authority, about 9 miles away; RIO GRANDE CITY, TX)

Political contributions by individuals in Santa Cruz, TX

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Santa Cruz:

  • South Texas College (about 34 miles; McAllen, TX; Full-time enrollment: 8,613)
  • The University of Texas-Pan American (about 35 miles; Edinburg, TX; FT enrollment: 12,559)
  • Texas State Technical College Harlingen (about 67 miles; Harlingen, TX; FT enrollment: 2,185)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (about 86 miles; Brownsville, TX; FT enrollment: 6,237)
  • Laredo Community College (about 93 miles; Laredo, TX; FT enrollment: 3,416)
  • Texas A & M International University (about 94 miles; Laredo, TX; FT enrollment: 3,518)
  • Texas A & M University-Kingsville (about 99 miles; Kingsville, TX; FT enrollment: 5,342)

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 21.8. This is significantly better than average.
City:

21.8
U.S.:

32.0
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 20.1. This is significantly better than average. There were 22 monitors within city limits.
City:

20.1
U.S.:

28.3
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 15.6. This is significantly better than average. There were 20 monitors within city limits.
City:

15.6
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 5.65. This is significantly better than average. There were 12 monitors within city limits.
City:

5.65
U.S.:

9.59


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 0.0%

Average household size:
This place:  2.6 people
Texas:  2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  71.4%
Whole state:  69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  0.0%
Whole state:  6.0%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Santa Cruz, TX

Santa Cruz compared to Texas state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age 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 below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Santa Cruz travel time to work - commute


Santa Cruz mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (75%)
  • Utility gas (25%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Santa Cruz (based on Starr County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 78.77%
Here78.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents95.0%1.9%0.9%0.8%1.4%
Congregations48.4%19.4%3.2%9.7%19.4%
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: 9
Starr County:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 13
This county:

2.12 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
Starr County:

2.77 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
This county:

2.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Starr County:

8.5%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Starr County:

27.1%
State:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.7%
State:

15.7%

4.07% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($22,183 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.07%
Texas average:

8.37%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Hidalgo County, TX  1.17% ($20,333 average AGI)
from Harris County, TX  0.54% ($18,511)
from Bexar County, TX  0.11% ($23,167)


4.88% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,773 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.88%
Texas average:

7.44%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Hidalgo County, TX  2.11% ($29,718 average AGI)
to Harris County, TX  0.53% ($17,393)
to Bexar County, TX  0.17% ($20,393)

Strongest AM radio stations in Santa Cruz:

  • KGBT (1530 AM; 50 kW; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KURV (710 AM; 10 kW; EDINBURG, TX; Owner: VOICE OF VALLEY AGRICULTURE, INC.)
  • KUBR (1210 AM; 10 kW; SAN JUAN, TX; Owner: PAULINO BERNAL)
  • KRIO (910 AM; 5 kW; MCALLEN, TX; Owner: RIO GRANDE BIBLE INSTITUTE, INC.)
  • KVJY (840 AM; 5 kW; PHARR, TX; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF MCALLEN LICENSE CORP.)
  • KCTA (1030 AM; 50 kW; CORPUS CHRISTI, TX; Owner: BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF THE SOUTHWEST)
  • 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.)
  • KRGE (1290 AM; 5 kW; WESLACO, TX; Owner: CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES OF THE VALLEY)
  • KQXX (1700 AM; 10 kW; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Owner: LA NUEVA KBOR, INC.)
  • KBOR (1600 AM; 10 kW; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Owner: LA NUEVA KBOR, INC.)
  • KVOZ (890 AM; 12 kW; DEL MAR HILLS, TX; Owner: CONSOLIDATED RADIO, INC.)
  • KIRT (1580 AM; 1 kW; MISSION, TX; Owner: BRAVO BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Santa Cruz:

  • KQBO (103.1 FM; RIO GRANDE CITY, TX; Owner: SOUND INVESTMENTS UNLIMITED, INC.)
  • KBMI (97.7 FM; ROMA, TX; Owner: HORIZON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCAS (91.5 FM; MCCOOK, TX; Owner: FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH INC)

TV broadcast stations around Santa Cruz:

  • K06MY (Channel 6; RIO GRANDE CITY, TX; Owner: FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORPORATION)


Santa Cruz on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 100 least-educated cities"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of foreign-born residents"
  • #25 (78582) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Other groups first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #61 (78582) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of taxpayers reporting profit/loss from business in 2004 (pop 5,000+)"
  • #72 (78582) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of residents speaking Spanish at home"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
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