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Starr County, Texas (TX)


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County population in 2012: 61,615 (76% urban, 24% rural); it was 53,597 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,806
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 10,452
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 11,445
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,743 (it was 2,965 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

36%

Land area: 1223 sq. mi.
Water area: 6.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 50 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Starr County: 80.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (42.5%), Retail trade (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 24%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Starr County, Texas:


Median resident age:  29.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years

Males: 29,440  (42.6%)
Females: 31,528  (57.4%)

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Starr County,TX real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Starr County:

3.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $19,948 ($16,504 in 1999)
This county:

$19948
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $268 (lower quartile is $211, upper quartile is $351)
This county:

$268
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $55,441 (it was $35,900 in 2000)
Starr County:

$55,441
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $32,052 - $84,457

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $90,779
Here:

$90,779
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $85,726
Here:

$85,726
State:

$170,403

In 2-unit structures: $73,739
Here:

$73,739
State:

$137,980

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $545,982
Here:

$545,982
State:

$142,391

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $36,886
Here:

$36,886
State:

$168,745

Mobile homes: $30,672
Here:

$30,672
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $5,696
Here:

$5,696
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $871
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $227

Institutionalized population: 747

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $746 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $391 (0.8%)


Starr County household income distribution in 2009 Starr County home values distribution


Starr County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 39.8%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 40.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 36.3% for American Indian residents, 41.2% for other race residents, 19.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 29 years old
(Males: 27 years old, Females: 30 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 28 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 35 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 30 years old)

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

50.9%
Whole state:

15.4%

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

21.6%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Starr County is $438 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $706 a month.

Cities in this county include: Rio Grande City, Roma, Las Lomas, La Casita-Garciasville, Escobares, La Rosita, North Escobares, La Victoria, La Puerta, Garceno.

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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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Starr County: Chapeno Gaging Station (A), Falcon Dam Station (B), Agua Leguas Windmill (C), Agua Poquita Windmill (D), Alto Bonito Windmill (E), Alto Windmill (F), Benadito Windmill (G), Bentsen Ranch (H), Borrachito Windmill (I), Borrego Windmill (J), Brazil Windmill (K), Buena Vista Windmill (L), Camp Garcia (M), Casa Blanca Windmill (N), Casa Yankee Ruins (O), Chivo Windmill (P), Cinca de Mayo Windmill (Q), Coma Windmill (R), Diamond O Ranch (S), Division Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Starr County: San Ignacio de Loyola Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Agua Dulce Cemetery (1), Montalvo Cemetery (2), Soledad Cemetery (3), Los Arrierous Cemetery (4), Naranja Cemetery (5), Buena Vista Cemetery (6), Chapeno Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Cobby Lake (A), Mangus Lake (B), Munoz Lake (C), San Jose Tank (D), San Idelfonso Tank (E), Monterrey Tank (F), Los Charcos Tank (G), Lake Kimberly (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Saremente Creek (A), Salado Creek (B), Retamoso Creek (C), Remadura de Sandia Creek (D), Remadura de Charco Largo Creek (E), Ramirez Creek (F), Olmitos Creek (G), Los Olmos Creek (H), Los Negros Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Starr County include: Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - La Grulla Unit (1), Falcon State Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Brooks County , Hidalgo County , Jim Hogg County , Zapata County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 2,009
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 34.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 6.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 19,758 (32% naturalized citizens)

Starr County:

36.9%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 80.4%

Starr County marital status for males
Starr County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Starr County with a mortgage: 1,631 (23 second mortgage, 46 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 8,321

Here:

16.4% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 78.77%
Here78.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 42,221
Total congregations: 31

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents40,092 (95.0%)809 (1.9%)388 (0.9%)340 (0.8%)592 (1.4%)
Congregations15 (48.4%)6 (19.4%)1 (3.2%)3 (9.7%)6 (19.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Starr County - Rio Grande City, Roma, Las Lomas, La Casita-Garciasville, Escobares

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
This county:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Starr County:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 13
Starr County:

2.12 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
This county:

2.77 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Starr County:

2.45 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.5%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.1%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Starr County:

14.7%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Starr County:

Average size of farms: 656 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $76,717
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $256.56
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 83.95%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $81,836
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 7.32%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.70%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,769
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.46%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.15
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.03%
Upland cotton: 1390 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 3 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,262 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 54 acres

Tornado activity:

Starr County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 6.6 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Starr County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 98.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent 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).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Educational services (27%)
  • Health care (23%)
  • Social assistance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (15%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Starr County (%):





Starr County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 9,093 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 2,614 (20%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 56 (0%)
  • Taxi: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 628 (5%)
  • Other means: 416 (3%)
  • Worked at home: 332 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Starr County, Texas in 2000:

People in group quarters in Starr County, Texas in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $24,071.

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.
2.75% relocated from other counties in Texas ($14,647 average AGI)
1.32% relocated from other states ($7,535 average AGI)
Starr County:

1.32%
Texas average:

3.06%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Zapata County, TX  0.10% ($16,563)
from Lake County, IN  0.10% ($39,875)
from Wayne County, MI  0.10% ($29,375)
from Travis County, TX  0.08% ($17,538)


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.
3.73% relocated to other counties in Texas ($19,521 average AGI)
1.15% relocated to other states ($6,250 average AGI)
Starr County:

1.15%
Texas average:

2.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Zapata County, TX  0.10% ($16,118)
to Dallas County, TX  0.10% ($19,875)
to Wayne County, MI  0.08% ($39,769)
to Brazoria County, TX  0.07% ($15,182)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 28.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 25.8

Births per 1000 population in Starr County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 4.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 4.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Starr County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Starr County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,196 (5,260 aged, 936 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 38%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 39%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.67
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3753.840
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 81.9
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 15789.21

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 2715.740
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 474.230
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 1.64

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 3.58
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 39.38

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 100.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 85.1
  • Other - 15.0

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 55.1. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 60,158

Size of family households: 3,366 2-persons, 2,914 3-persons, 3,305 4-persons, 2,694 5-persons, 1,176 6-persons, 1,025 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,318 1-person, 173 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 8 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 4 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

9.3% of residents of Starr County speak English at home.
90.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (43% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 17% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (64% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 21% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $260,368,000 ($4352 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $996,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $63,363,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $58,271,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,015,000
Federal grants: $105,921,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,181,000 ($221,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $21,617,000 ($176,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,081,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,765,000
Federal Government insurance: $23,042,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 7,738
Here:

127 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,252
Here:

21 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,680
Here:

+44 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,692
Here -28 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Starr County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 8.95 millions of gallons per day (0% from ground, 100% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

4.9
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.7
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Starr County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 152
  • 2 rooms: 742
  • 3 rooms: 1,631
  • 4 rooms: 2,069
  • 5 rooms: 2,899
  • 6 rooms: 2,093
  • 7 rooms: 1,003
  • 8 rooms: 543
  • 9+ rooms: 313
  • 1 room: 115
  • 2 rooms: 553
  • 3 rooms: 640
  • 4 rooms: 738
  • 5 rooms: 508
  • 6 rooms: 282
  • 7 rooms: 90
  • 8 rooms: 20
  • 9+ rooms: 19
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Starr County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 461
  • 1 bedroom: 1,293
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,998
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,093
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,371
  • 5+ bedrooms: 229
  • no bedroom: 285
  • 1 bedroom: 755
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,118
  • 3 bedrooms: 664
  • 4 bedrooms: 139
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
Cars and other vehicles available in Starr County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,423
  • 1 vehicle: 4,021
  • 2 vehicles: 4,480
  • 3 vehicles: 1,133
  • 4 vehicles: 296
  • 5+ vehicles: 92
  • no vehicle: 695
  • 1 vehicle: 1,426
  • 2 vehicles: 707
  • 3 vehicles: 111
  • 4 vehicles: 18
  • 5+ vehicles: 8

76% of Starr County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 79% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 72% lived in Texas.

Starr County:

75.7%
State average:

51.6%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $17,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 7%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 6%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Starr County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (60.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.2%)
  • Utility gas (10.5%)
  • No fuel used (3.6%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Electricity (56.4%)
  • Utility gas (20.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.7%)
  • No fuel used (4.3%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 115
Here:

1.3%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 43
Here:

1.0%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 114
Here:

6.6%
Texas:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Starr County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Starr County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Starr County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Starr County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Starr County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Starr County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Starr County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Maria30275.8 years
Jose20074.2 years
Guadalupe11374.3 years
Juan10771.9 years
Manuel9275.7 years
Pedro5778.3 years
Jesus5673.0 years
Santos5676.9 years
Francisco5473.7 years
Francisca5281.9 years
Most common last names in Starr County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Garcia38774.1 years
Garza37674.3 years
Gonzalez24876.3 years
Guerra18377.4 years
Pena15975.6 years
Lopez14773.6 years
Rodriguez14073.9 years
Barrera13975.4 years
Ramirez11476.4 years
Perez11176.5 years
Businesses in Starr County, TX
NameCountNameCount
AutoZone1Lane Furniture1
Best Western1Little Caesars Pizza1
Burger King2Long John Silver's1
Church's Chicken2McDonald's1
Cricket Wireless6Nike2
Dairy Queen2Payless2
Dennys1Pizza Hut2
Domino's Pizza1RadioShack2
FedEx2Sprint Nextel1
GameStop1T-Mobile2
H&R Block2True Value1
Holiday Inn1U-Haul3
Jack In The Box1UPS3
KFC1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy1
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