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Pros

-Cost of living
-Strong job growth
-Historic core

Cons

-Unattractive and industrial areas
-Low educational attainment
-Hot climate


What Bert Has To Say About Laredo Metro Area


Once the classic Old West town, modern Laredo is now the largest and most active port of entry to the United States in the Rio Grande Valley. Numerous border-zone manufacturing plants have sprung up since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came about in the early 1990’s. The four border crossing bridges are busy with truck and container traffic to Nuevo Laredo in Mexico, and rail and air cargo carriers have extensive operations. The area is known for having a pro-business environment.

Laredo has a dominant Hispanic influence with a large middle class and a much larger working class, but many have low incomes and there is considerable poverty or near-poverty conditions in and especially outside the city. The Spanish-colonial city center has been reinvigorated following a commercial boom, and there are some minor league sports teams and some events of cultural interest but overall there is little to do.

At over 100 days per year above 90 degrees, the city is one of the hottest in the United States. The Cost of living is low, but the city’s constant bustle, lack of intellectual stimulation, poverty, high crime rate, and heat will try most anyone’s patience.

Laredo sits far enough west of the Gulf Coastal Plain to be in a zone of dry, rolling hills and plains, supporting scrub vegetation, small cacti, and oak trees. The climate is semiarid. Summers are hot with most days over 90 degrees, but with humidity lower than areas on the Gulf Coast. Most rain occurs in summer as thundershowers. Winters are mild and dry with many days in the 70’s and 80’s; evening lows dip below freezing occasionally.


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Quick Facts About Laredo


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Laredo is 4.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Laredo jobs have Increased by 1.33 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Laredo's cost of living is 14.70% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Laredo's population is 236,063 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 31.71 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Laredo is $109,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.60 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Laredo public schools spend $10,109 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.2 students per teacher in Laredo.

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moved to Laredo, stayed in Laredo
I moved to Laredo because of the growing education opportunities the city offered. At the time, I did not know it was the 2nd fastest growing city in the US & the... (read more)
re: Lacking in Quality. - 10/15/2007
let me start of by saying that laredoans do not breed and multiply, if you are used to seeing that in you little "one horse town", let me just tell you that we are not... (read more)
re: Laredo,texas - 9/2/2005
Laredo texas is seen by some of the locals as the worst place to be in on earth. They leave to other places but where do you think they come back to??Laredo, its home... (read more)
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