Sonora, Texas

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Population in 2013: 2,934 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +0.3%
 
Males: 1,394  (47.5%)
Females: 1,540  (52.5%)
Median resident age:  34.5 years
Texas median age:  34.0 years

Zip codes: 76950.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $52,966 (it was $36,272 in 2000)
Sonora:

$52,966
TX:

$51,704

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $27,642 (it was $16,128 in 2000)

Sonora city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $77,930 (it was $43,900 in 2000)
Sonora:

$77,930
TX:

$132,000

Median gross rent in 2013: $647.

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  • Races in Sonora, TX (2010)

    Sonora races chart
    • 1,89762.7%Hispanic
    • 1,11336.8%White alone
    • 70.2%Two or more races
    • 40.1%Black alone
    • 30.10%Asian alone
    • 20.07%Other race alone
    • 10.03%American Indian alone

Races in Sonora detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Sonora: 78.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (6.0%), United States (5.7%), Irish (5.1%), German (4.8%), Scotch-Irish (1.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 2133 feet

Land area: 1.96 square miles.

Population density: 1,494 people per square mile   (low).

Sonora, Texas map

For population 25 years and over in Sonora:

  • High school or higher: 78.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.7%
  • Unemployed: 4.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sonora city:

  • Never married: 24.4%
  • Now married: 56.5%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 5.7%
  • Divorced: 12.5%

239 residents are foreign born (7.3% Latin America).

This city:

7.4%
Texas:

16.5%



According to our research of Texas and other state lists there were 15 registered sex offenders living in Sonora, Texas as of August 29, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Sonora to the number of sex offenders is 193 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,227 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $653 (0.9%)

Sonora satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: San Angelo, TX (62.3 miles , pop. 88,439).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: San Antonio, TX (149.2 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities: Sonora Rural, TX (2.9 miles ), Eldorado, TX (4.5 miles ), Ozona, TX (5.9 miles ), East Crockett, TX (5.9 miles ), Christoval, TX (6.6 miles ), Rocksprings, TX (6.8 miles ), Mertzon, TX (7.0 miles ), Junction, TX (7.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $124,000
  • 1998: 2 buildings, average cost: $52,300
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $76,200
  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2007: 4 buildings, average cost: $186,900
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $109,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 30.57 N, Longitude: 100.64 W

Area code: 325

Sonora household income distribution Sonora home values distribution

Crime rates in Sonora by Year
Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Murders 0000000100000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.032.40.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 102110141210N/A
per 100,000 33.40.066.633.333.60.032.5129.832.765.732.40.0N/A
Robberies 0101000000010
per 100,000 0.032.70.033.30.00.00.00.00.00.00.033.50.0
Assaults 33351811191445229
per 100,000 100.398.299.8166.5604.4355.6616.7454.3131.0164.164.767.1314.0
Burglaries 7610671013573223
per 100,000 234.1196.5332.8199.8235.1323.3421.9162.2229.298.564.767.1104.7
Thefts 4841332131384122222324219
per 100,000 1,605.41,342.51,098.2699.31,041.01,228.61,330.7713.8720.4755.1776.4704.2314.0
Auto thefts 4110215121142
per 100,000 133.832.733.30.067.232.3162.332.465.532.832.4134.169.8
Arson 0100112101100
per 100,000 0.032.70.00.033.632.364.932.40.032.832.40.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 294.7) 137.899.3142.8111.6210.7145.1244.5301.4102.2124.876.866.988.1

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Sonora detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 7 (5 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.74
Texas average:

2.05

Sonora tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

2.4%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +34 (+1.2%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (43%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation occupations (29%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (23%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (4%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (28%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Sonora: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Sonora, Texas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Sonora-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 75% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/4/1999, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 26.9 miles away from the Sonora city center caused $10,000 in damages.

On 5/11/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 66.6 miles away from the city center killed 13 people and injured 159 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Sonora-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Texas state average. It is 66% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 163.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 170.4 miles away from Sonora center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 189.6 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 194.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/15/1995 at 14:33:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 161.2 miles away from Sonora 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, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 193.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sutton County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 3, Hurricanes: 3 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Sonora topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Sonora:

  • LILLIAN M HUDSPETH MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (308 HUDSPETH)
  • LILLIAN M HUDSPETH NURSING HOME (310 HUDSPETH)

Airports located in Sonora:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sonora:

  • Angelo State University (about 62 miles; San Angelo, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,019)
  • Southwest Texas Junior College (about 108 miles; Uvalde, TX; FT enrollment: 3,569)
  • Howard College (about 126 miles; Big Spring, TX; FT enrollment: 2,587)
  • Midland College (about 133 miles; Midland, TX; FT enrollment: 3,650)
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (about 136 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 2,982)
  • Odessa College (about 137 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 3,107)
  • Northwest Vista College (about 139 miles; San Antonio, TX; FT enrollment: 9,683)

Public high school in Sonora:

  • Sonora High School (Students: 250; Location: 807 S CONCHO AVE; Grades: 9-12; Our rating: 49)

Public elementary/middle schools in Sonora:

See full list of schools located in Sonora

Library in Sonora:

  • SUTTON COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $129,657; Location: 306 E MULBERRY ST; 18,769 books; 8,657 audio materials; 17 video materials; 50 state licensed databases; 12 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Sonora: Sutton County Courthouse (A), Miers Home Museum (B), Border Line Volunteer Fire Department (C), Sutton County Emergency Medical Service (D), Old Mercantile Building (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Sonora include: Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd (A), Saint Johns Episcopal Church (B), Church of Christ (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Sonora: Liberty Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Caverns of Sonora (Caverns; 1711 P R 4468), Sonora Chamber Of Commerce (205 Highway 277 N Suite B), Eaton Hill Wildlife (120 North Concho Avenue).

Hotels: Best Value Inn Twin Oaks (1009 N Crockett Avenue), Best Western Sonora Inn (270 Highway 277 North).

Sutton County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.2%
(4.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 1.9% for Black residents, 10.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 2.6% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.7 people
Texas:  2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  71.5%
Whole state:  69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.1%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
10 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
26 people in nursing homes in 2000
4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Sonora, Texas environmental map by EPA

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Sonora compared to Texas state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Banks with branches in Sonora (2011 data):

  • The First National Bank of Sonora: The First National Bank Of Sonora at 102 East Main Street, branch established on 1900/01/01. Info updated 2011/04/19: Bank assets: $313.4 mil, Deposits: $274.5 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: First Sonora Bancshares, Inc.
  • The Bank and Trust, S.S.B.: Sonora Branch at 229 Highway 77 North, branch established on 1983/01/03. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $400.7 mil, Deposits: $333.5 mil, headquarters in Del Rio, TX, positive income, 7 total offices

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Sonora, Texas:

  • Days Inn Devil's River, 1312 N Service Rd Exit 400, Sonora, TX 76950 , Phone: (325) 387-3516
  • Comfort Inn, 311 N Hwy 277, Sonora, TX 76950 , Phone: (325) 387-5800, Fax: (325) 387-2140
  • Best Western Sonora Inn, 270 Hwy 277, Sonora, TX 76950 , Phone: (325) 387-9111, Fax: (325) 387-9221
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Sonora, Texas

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.4
Texas average:

14.4

Sonora travel time to work - commute Sonora mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (65%)
  • Utility gas (35%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Sonora city (based on Sutton County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,3917
Catholic1,2001
Mainline Protestant5053
Other221
None1,010-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Sutton County:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Sutton County:

16.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

18.73 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.0%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Sutton County:

27.2%
Texas:

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

11.5%
State:

15.7%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 11$29,694$32,3930$0
Judicial and Legal 1$1,928$23,1361$828
Police Protection - Officers 4$14,150$42,4500$0
Streets and Highways 3$8,703$34,8120$0
Health 1$2,639$31,6680$0
Sewerage 3$7,136$28,5440$0
Parks and Recreation 1$2,409$28,9082$2,165
Water Supply 2$8,159$48,9540$0
Transit 1$2,422$29,0640$0
Other and Unallocable 3$5,920$23,6801$1,218
Totals for Government 30$83,160$33,2644$4,211

Sonora government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $477,000 ($162.58)
    Sewerage: $395,000 ($134.63)
    Solid Waste Management: $381,000 ($129.86)
    Police Protection: $344,000 ($117.25)
    Regular Highways: $264,000 ($89.98)
    Health Services - Other: $192,000 ($65.44)
    Financial Administration: $167,000 ($56.92)
    General - Other: $132,000 ($44.99)
    Parks & Recreation: $89,000 ($30.33)
    Fire Protection: $39,000 ($13.29)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $162,000 ($55.21)
    Health - Other: $18,000 ($6.13)
    General - Other: $10,000 ($3.41)
    Fire Protection: $8,000 ($2.73)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($1.02)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $993,000 ($338.45)

Sonora government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $377,000 ($128.49)
    Sewerage: $316,000 ($107.70)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health & Hospitals: $40,000 ($13.63)
    Housing & Community Development: $30,000 ($10.22)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health & Hospitals: $56,000 ($19.09)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $54,000 ($18.40)
    General Revenue, NEC: $0 ($0.00)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $486,000 ($165.64)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $522,000 ($177.91)
    Property: $386,000 ($131.56)
    Other Selective Sales: $134,000 ($45.67)
    Public Utilities: $114,000 ($38.85)
    NEC: $6,000 ($2.04)

Sonora government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,895,000 ($1327.54)

7.76% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($91,254 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.76%
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 Tom Green County, TX  1.16% ($27,529 average AGI)
from Val Verde County, TX  1.09% ($25,500)


8.50% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,619 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.50%
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 Tom Green County, TX  1.48% ($31,545 average AGI)
to Midland County, TX  1.08% ($51,625)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sonora:

  • KHOS (980 AM; 1 kW; SONORA, TX; Owner: ZACARIAS SERRATO)
  • 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.)
  • KGKL (960 AM; 5 kW; SAN ANGELO, TX; Owner: KGKL, INC.)
  • KENS (1160 AM; 25 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: KENS-TV, INC.)
  • WBAP (820 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: WBAP-KSCS OPERATING, LTD.)
  • KCTA (1030 AM; 50 kW; CORPUS CHRISTI, TX; Owner: BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF THE SOUTHWEST)
  • KAHZ (1360 AM; 50 kW; HURST, TX)
  • KESS (1270 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: KESS-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KRLD (1080 AM; 50 kW; DALLAS, TX; Owner: TEXAS INFINITY BROADCASTING L.P.)
  • KTRH (740 AM; 50 kW; HOUSTON, TX; Owner: AMFM TEXAS LICENSES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sonora:

  • KHOS-FM (92.1 FM; SONORA, TX; Owner: SONORA BROADCASTING, INC)
Sonora fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2013

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2013 (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Sonora fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2013 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 54m177ftTotal length
  • 15,480Total average daily traffic
  • 5,010Total average daily truck traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Sonora)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 177 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Sonora, TX)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 24 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Sonora)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 14 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Sonora)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 66
  • Hazardous Condition: 1

Incident types - Sonora

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Sonora, TX
Most common first names in Sonora, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William2074.6 years
John2078.6 years
Mary1977.2 years
James1871.6 years
Maria1878.2 years
Jose1769.3 years
Robert1375.8 years
George1377.6 years
Jessie873.6 years
Joe872.5 years
Most common last names in Sonora, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Sanchez2269.6 years
Martinez1177.6 years
Perez1074.0 years
Wilson1079.0 years
Gutierrez1069.6 years
Chavez1080.6 years
Garza961.3 years
Gonzales982.1 years
Samaniego969.5 years
Johnson880.3 years
Businesses in Sonora, TX
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1FedEx1
Alco Stores1H&R Block1
Best Western1SONIC Drive-In1
Comfort Inn1U-Haul1
Days Inn1UPS1
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