According to TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA, Uvalde is a city located in South Central Texas, and is known as the “Honey Capital of the World” due to its large production of honey. Geographically, it is situated in Uvalde County, which lies between San Antonio and Del Rio. The terrain of the region is mostly flat and semi-arid, with an elevation ranging from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The climate in Uvalde is mild and temperate with short winters and hot summers.
Uvalde has a rich history that dates back to the early 1800s when it was founded by Spanish settlers who named it Villa de San Salvador de la Hacienda Uvalde. In 1853, it was designated as the county seat for Uvalde County. During this time, the town was an important stop along the San Antonio-El Paso Road used by travelers heading west. Later on in 1881, a post office was established in Uvalde making it one of the first towns in Texas to have one.
In terms of politics, Uvalde falls under a city council-manager form of government with five members elected at large for two year terms. Currently, its mayor is Don McLaughlin who has served since 2017.
Economically speaking, Uvalde’s main industries are agriculture and tourism as well as manufacturing and retail trade which account for a significant portion of job opportunities within the city limits. Honey production remains an important source of income for many locals thanks to its designation as “The Honey Capital of the World” while other agricultural products such as cotton and oranges are also grown here.
In terms of education, there are several primary schools within Uvalde including two public high schools: Uvalde High School (UHS) and Northside High School (NHS). There are also several private schools located here such as Sacred Heart Catholic School (SHCS), St Mary’s Catholic School (SMCS), and Calvary Christian Academy (CCA). In addition to these schools there are also two colleges nearby: Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College (SRSURGC).
Finally some notable landmarks in Uvalde include Fort Inge which was built during 1849–1852; Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga which dates back to 1722; John Nance Garner Museum; Henry Bauersachs Park; First Presbyterian Church; Courthouse Square Historic District; Jewish Cemetery; First United Methodist Church; Sacred Heart Catholic Church; St Mary’s Catholic Church; Whitehead Memorial Museum; Fort Clark Springs Historic District ;and many more historic sites that have been preserved over time.
Population: 14,929. Estimated population in July 2020: 16,441 (+10.1% change)
Males: 7,083 (47.4%), Females: 7,846 (52.6%)
Zip codes: 78801.
Median resident age: 31.0 years
Median household income: $25,259
Median house value: $42,900
Races in Uvalde:
- Hispanic (75.5%)
- White Non-Hispanic (23.2%)
- Other race (22.1%)
- Two or more races (3.0%)
- American Indian (0.9%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: German (4.6%), English (3.5%), United States (3.4%), Irish (3.2%), Scotch-Irish (1.1%).
Elevation: 907 feet
Land area: 6.7 square miles
Uvalde, Texas is a small town located in the heart of South Texas. As of 2019, the population of Uvalde was estimated to be 15,751 people. The population has seen steady growth over the past decade with an increase of 11.4% since 2010. According to the most recent census, Hispanics make up a majority of the population at 81%. The city also has a strong presence from other racial and ethnic groups such as African Americans (11%), Whites (7%), Asians (1%), and Native Americans (0%).
When it comes to age demographics, Uvalde is heavily represented by young people between 18-34 years old making up 33% of its total population. This age group is followed by those aged 35-54 (30%), 55-64 (20%), and 65+ (17%). The median age for Uvalde is 30 years old, making it one of the youngest cities in Texas. In terms of gender demographics, there are more women than men living in Uvalde with women making up 51% of its population and men accounting for 49%. The average household size in Uvalde is 2.91 people per household with an average household income of $41,837 per year.
For population 25 years and over in Uvalde
- High school or higher: 55.0%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.6%
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.4%
- Unemployed: 7.8%
- Mean travel time to work: 17.1 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Uvalde city
- Never married: 22.5%
- Now married: 57.3%
- Separated: 3.8%
- Widowed: 8.7%
- Divorced: 7.8%
13.9% Foreign born (13.2% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: +81 (+0.5%).
Hospital/medical center in Uvalde:
- UVALDE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (1025 GARNER FIELD ROAD)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Uvalde:
- MEDINA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (about 48 miles; HONDO, TX)
- MEDINA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (about 48 miles; HONDO, TX)
- DIMMIT COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 48 miles; CARRIZO SPRINGS, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Uvalde:
- LACKLAND AFB (KELLY FLD ANNEX) (about 86 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Abbreviation: SKF)
- SAN ANTONIO INTL (about 95 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Abbreviation: SAT)
- LAREDO INTL (about 118 miles; LAREDO, TX; Abbreviation: LRD)
Other public-use airports nearest to Uvalde:
- GARNER FIELD (about 5 miles; UVALDE, TX; Abbreviation: UVA)
- REAL COUNTY (about 36 miles; LEAKEY, TX; Abbreviation: 49R)
- CRYSTAL CITY MUNI (about 37 miles; CRYSTAL CITY, TX; Abbreviation: 20R)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/Universities in Uvalde:
- SOUTHWEST TEXAS JUNIOR COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 2,366; Location: 2401 GARNER FIELD RD; Public; Website: www.swtjc.cc.tx.us)
- SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL CAREERS (Location: 122 W. NORTH; Private, for-profit)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Uvalde:
- THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO (about 85 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 14,495)
- ST MARYS UNIVERSITY (about 87 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,588)
- THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE-SAN ANTONIO (about 87 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,303)
- PALO ALTO COLLEGE (about 87 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,623)
- OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY-SAN ANTONIO (about 89 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,312)
- SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE (about 92 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 11,226)
- TRINITY UNIVERSITY (about 92 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,474)
Public high schools in Uvalde:
- UVALDE H S (Students: 1,386; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 09 – 12)
- EXCEL ACADEMY (Students: 67; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Uvalde:
- DALTON EL (Students: 787; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: PK – KG)
- UVALDE J H (Students: 747; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 07 – 08)
- FLORES EL (Students: 702; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 05 – 06)
- ROBB EL (Students: 495; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 01 – 04)
- ANTHON EL (Students: 435; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 01 – 04)
- BENSON EL (Students: 426; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 01 – 04)
- GABRIEL TAFOLLA CHARTER SCHOOL (Students: 138; Location: 400 NORTH GETTY; Grades: PK – 12)
- BATESVILLE EL (Students: 134; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: PK – 04)
- BATESVILLE MIDDLE (Students: 103; Location: 1000 N GETTY; Grades: 05 – 08)
- CLUSTER V SP ED (Location: 308 N PIPER LN; Grades: N – N )
Private primary/middle schools in Uvalde:
- SACRED HEART PARISH SCHOOL (Students: 159; Location: 401 WEST LEONA STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
- ST PHILIPS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL (Students: 119; Location: 115 WEST MESQUITE STREET; Grades: PK – 6)
Library in Uvalde:
- EL PROGRESO MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $309,704; Location: 129 W NOPAL ST; 43,427 books; 760 audio materials; 905 video materials; 90 serial subscriptions)