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Starr County, Texas (TX)

County population in 2014: 62,955 (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: 51 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Starr County: 79.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (41.9%), Construction (12.8%), Retail trade (11.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 6%
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Races in Starr County, Texas:

  • Hispanic or Latino (95.7%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (4.0%)
Median resident age:  29.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 30,399  (48.3%)
Females: 32,556  (51.7%)
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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 2013: $24,252 ($16,504 in 1999)

This county:

$24252
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $347 (lower quartile is $258, upper quartile is $413)
This county:

$347
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $64,413 (it was $35,900 in 2000)
Starr:

$64,413
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $37,269 - $108,888
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $908
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $274

Institutionalized population: 747

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

  • Murders: 8
  • Rapes: 5
  • Robberies: 7
  • Assaults: 30
  • Burglaries: 175
  • Thefts: 95
  • Auto thefts: 67

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

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 10
  • Assaults: 47
  • Burglaries: 201
  • Thefts: 162
  • Auto thefts: 47
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,320 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $517 (0.9%)

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 2013: 40.7%
(19.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 96.7% for Black residents, 41.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 27.1% for American Indian residents, 28.2% for other race residents, 27.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 39.7%
Starr County:

39.7%
Texas:

17.5%
(19.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 96.8% for Black residents, 39.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.1% for American Indian residents, 26.6% for other race residents, 28.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 29 years old
(Males: 27 years old, Females: 30 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 45 years old, American Indian residents: 49 years old, Asian residents: 22 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 37 years old)

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: Roma-Los Saenz, Rio Grande City, Roma, Las Lomas, La Casita-Garciasville, Escobares, La Rosita, North Escobares, La Victoria, La Puerta.

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: Donna Pump (A), Donna Pumping Station (B), International Ferry (C), McAllen Pumping Station (D), South Texas Factory Stores (E), Adrien Windmill (F), Agua Dulce Windmill (G), Agua Salado Windmill (H), Alaniz Windmill (I), Andrea Ranch (J), Aquage Windmill (K), Bella Vista Windmill (L), Bellilluvia Windmill (M), Buena Vista Windmill (N), Buenos Aires Windmill (O), Caliche Windmill (P), Cantinas Pens (Q), Casa Blanca Ranch (R), Chorro Windmill (S), Christalinas Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Rivercenter Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Starr County include: Guadalupe Toreros Church (A), Mercy Mission (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Vela Cemetery (1), Asadores Cemetery (2), Balli Cemetery (3), Brewster Cemetery (4), Webber Cemetery (5), Campacuas Cemetery (6), Capota Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: West Lake (A), Callo Padrones (B), El Callo (C), Inland Lake (D), East Lake (E), La Cruz Resaca (F), Hackney Lake (G), Guajolotes Enramada (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Vargas Creek (A), La Joya Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Starr County include: Anzalduas Park (1), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - Taormina Unit (2), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - Kelly Unit (3), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - Kiskadee Unit (4), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - MacWhorter Unit (5), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - McManus Unit (6), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - Penitas Unit (7), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - Adams Unit (8), Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area - Baird Unit (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Cameron County , Lee County, Florida , Lee County, Florida , Kenedy County , Zapata County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

12.3%
Texas:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 3,374
  • 1990 to 1994: 2,587
  • 1985 to 1989: 3,525
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,480
  • 1975 to 1979: 2,558
  • 1970 to 1974: 2,304
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,255
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,675

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:

  • One, detached: 14,326
  • One, attached: 381
  • Two: 350
  • 3 or 4: 294
  • 5 to 9: 282
  • 10 to 19: 98
  • 20 or more: 28
  • Mobile homes: 1,797
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 33

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Starr County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic27,15615
Evangelical Protestant2,36827
Other5443
Mainline Protestant3942
None30,506-
Starr County Religion Details
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.

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%

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 7161420.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 12 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/30/2003, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 11 people and caused $2 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Starr County-area historical earthquake activity is below Texas state average. It is 82% 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 350.3 miles away from Starr County 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 384.8 miles away from the county 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 167.9 miles away from the county 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 98.1 miles away from the county 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 176.5 miles away from Starr County 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 175.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • TexasHurricane Alex, Incident Period: June 30, 2010 to August 14, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1931): August 3, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1931, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasTropical Storm Alex, Incident Period: June 27, 2010 to August 14, 2010, Emergency Declared (EM-3313): June 29, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3313, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • TexasHurricane Ike, Incident Period: September 7, 2008 to September 26, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3294): September 10, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3294, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 27, 2008 to September 7, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3290): August 29, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3290, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Dolly, Incident Period: July 22, 2008 to August 1, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1780): July 24, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1780, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasWildfires, Incident Period: March 14, 2008 to September 1, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3284): March 14, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3284, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • TexasSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 16, 2007 to August 3, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1709): June 29, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1709, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • TexasHurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1606): September 24, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1606, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 20, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3261): September 21, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3261, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3216): September 2, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3216, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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, Floods: 2, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (38%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (2%)
  • Health care and social assistance (41%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (2%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (24%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (19%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (15%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)

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

  • Mexico (99%)
  • Philippines (1%)
  • Nicaragua (0%)
  • Jordan (0%)
  • Canada (0%)
  • Australia (0%)
  • Italy (0%)

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

  • United States or American (2%)
  • German (0%)
  • African (0%)
  • Irish (0%)
  • English (0%)
  • French (except Basque) (0%)
  • Italian (0%)

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:

  • 279 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 85 people in nursing homes
  • 17 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 12 people in religious group quarters
  • 4 people in other nonhousehold living situations

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

  • 607 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 140 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 32 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 31 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $29,188.

3.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($26,376 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.01%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.32% relocated from other counties in Texas ($20,702 average AGI)
0.69% relocated from other states ($5,672 average AGI)
Starr County:

0.69%
Texas average:

2.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hidalgo County, TX  1.10% ($27,585 average AGI)
from Harris County, TX  0.29% ($23,564)
from Zapata County, TX  0.12% ($32,682)
from Bexar County, TX  0.09% ($25,000)
from Nueces County, TX  0.06% ($25,000)
from Cameron County, TX  0.06% ($38,000)
from Tarrant County, TX  0.06% ($18,273)


4.22% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,155 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.22%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.42% relocated to other counties in Texas ($22,177 average AGI)
0.80% relocated to other states ($4,980 average AGI)
Starr County:

0.80%
Texas average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Hidalgo County, TX  1.86% ($28,446 average AGI)
to Harris County, TX  0.45% ($23,259)
to Webb County, TX  0.12% ($25,391)
to Bexar County, TX  0.11% ($22,619)
to Zapata County, TX  0.08% ($20,125)
to Cameron County, TX  0.08% ($28,400)
to Nueces County, TX  0.07% ($19,714)

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 from 2007 to 2014: 6.0

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

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 34.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Starr County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Starr County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,939 (5,686 aged, 1,253 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,057 (13%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Starr County, Texas in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (909)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (268)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (248)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (178)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (144)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (130)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (123)
  • Other and unspecified cirrhosis of liver (107)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (98)
  • Malignant neoplasm without specification of site (68)

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
  • In family households: 57,363 (9,495 male householders, 4,985 female householders)
    10,357 spouses, 24,018 children (23,174 natural, 234 adopted, 610 stepchildren), 3,607 grandchildren, 756 brothers or sisters, 775 parents, 1,388 other relatives, 665 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 2,795 (1,077 male householders (976 living alone)), 1,444 female householders (1,342 living alone)), 274 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 810 (747 institutionalized population)

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.

13,460 married couples with children.
3,493 single-parent households (528 men, 2,965 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 422
  • 2000 to 2004: 3,706
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,684
  • 1980 to 1989: 4,651
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,651
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,748
  • 1950 to 1959: 984
  • 1940 to 1949: 558
  • 1939 or earlier: 351
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:

  • This state: 30923
  • Northeast: 41
  • Midwest: 836
  • South: 263
  • West: 1249

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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Starr County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - General: $40,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $4,030,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,907,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,867,000
    Police Protection: $1,273,000
    Financial Administration: $1,184,000
    Gas Utilities: $682,000
    General - Other: $664,000
    Solid Waste Management: $327,000
    Fire Protection: $318,000
    Central Staff Services: $237,000
    Health Services - Other: $139,000
    General Public Buildings: $111,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $100,000
    Welfare - Other: $45,000
    Libraries: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $69,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $280,000
    Fire Protection: $66,000
    Financial Administration: $6,000
    Libraries: $5,000
    Judicial: $4,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $5,164,000

Starr County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $3,342,000
    Regular Highways: $3,125,000
    Solid Waste Management: $146,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $596,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $743,000
    Interest Earnings: $80,000
  • Revenue - Gas Utilities: $756,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $36,000
    General Support: $31,000
  • Tax - Property: $5,972,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $444,000
    NEC: $8,000

Starr County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Industrial Revenue: $323,000
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $775,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $585,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $256,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $67,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $190,000

Starr County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $16,000
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,179,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $620,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 4,778
  • Number of aged recipients: 1,807
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,971
  • Number of recipients under 18: 423
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,690
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 2,665
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,725
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,623
Starr County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Starr County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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
AutoZone1La-Z-Boy1
Best Western1Lane Furniture1
Burger King2Little Caesars Pizza1
Chevrolet1Long 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

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  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"