- Raymondville, Texas
official_name = Raymondville, Texas
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area_total_km2 = 9.8
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area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 3.8
area_land_sq_mi = 3.8
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 9733
population_density_km2 = 990.1
population_density_sq_mi = 2564.4
timezone = Central (CST)
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utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 9
elevation_ft = 30
latd = 26 |latm = 28 |lats = 53 |latNS = N
longd = 97 |longm = 46 |longs = 59 |longEW = W
Raymondville was formed in 1904 by
Edward Burleson Raymond, a foreman of the El Sauz Ranch portion of the famous King Ranchand owner of the Las Majadas Ranch [http://www.9key.com/markers/marker_detail.asp?atlas_number=5489001394 Edward Burleson Raymond] , "Texas Historical Marker"] .
It is the site of a large federal holding center for illegal immigrants. [http://www.democracynow.org/2007/2/23/raymondville_inside_the_largest_immigration_prison] , "Raymondville: Inside the Largest Immigration Prison Camp in the US"]
Raymondville is located at coor dms|26|28|53|N|97|46|59|W|city (26.481464, -97.783013)GR|1. Raymondville is know as the "Gateway to the Rio Grande Valley"
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,733 people, 2,514 households, and 2,016 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 2,564.4 people per square mile (988.9/km²). There were 2,842 housing units at an average density of 748.8/sq mi (288.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.91% White, 3.91% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 23.29% from other races, and 2.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 86.63% of the population.
There were 2,514 households out of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.45 and the average family size was 3.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 117.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $19,729, and the median income for a family was $23,799. Males had a median income of $20,034 versus $14,502 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $8,910. About 32.7% of families and 36.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.0% of those under age 18 and 30.7% of those age 65 or over.
Raymondville is served by the
Raymondville Independent School District.
South Texas Independent School Districtoperates magnet schools that serve the community.
Angela Via(1981-) was born and raised in Raymondville.
Noe J. Falcon(March 25, 1942 - ) was born in Raymondville and was raised in Corpus Christi.
Most memorable natural disaster to occur in Raymondville was 1967's
Hurricane Beulah, a category 5 hurricane at peak intensity. Beulah made landfall in southern Texasas a category 3 storm.
Raymondville's History was the subject of the film, "Valley of Tears." visits the Mexican-American community that works the onion fields of rural south Texas in three different eras, observing how the seeds of change planted 20 years ago seem ready to bear fruit today. Politicians, and officials interviewed in the film include, Larry Spence, Juan Guerra, Paul Whitworth, Wetegrove Families, Dr. Allan Spence, School Board Members and City Council Officials.
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