Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
Map of the Laredo Borderplex

Common name: Laredo Borderplex
Largest city

Other cities
United States Laredo, TX - Mexico Nuevo Laredo, TM

Rio Bravo
El Cenizo
Population Ranked 157 in 2008 in the Americas
 - Total 636,516 (2010 Official U.S. Census / INEGI Census)
775,481 (2010 World Gazetteer est.)
 - Density 3,643/sq mi 
Area 161.76 sq mi
418.96 km²
Subdivision(s)  United States Texas
  -Webb County

Mexico Tamaulipas
  -Municipality of Nuevo Laredo
Mexico Nuevo Leon
  -Municipality of Anahuac
Mexico Coahuila
  -Municipality of Hidalgo

Time Zones(s)  UTC-6

The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area (UN/LOCODE: USLRD & MXNLD) is one of six bi-national metropolitan areas along the United States-Mexican border. The city of Laredo is situated in the American state of Texas on the northern bank of the Rio Grande and Nuevo Laredo is located in the Mexican State of Tamaulipas in the southern bank of the river. This metropolitan area is also known as the Two Laredos or the Laredo Borderplex. The metropolitan area is made up of one county: Webb County in Texas and three municipalities: Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, Municipality of Hidalgo in Coahuila, Municipality of Anahuac in Nuevo Leon in Mexico. Two urban areas: the Laredo Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Zona Metropolitana Nuevo Laredo (Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Zone) three cities and 12 towns make the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan area which has a total of 636,516 inhabitants according to the INEGI Census of 2010[1] and the United States Census estimate of 2010[2]. The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo is connected by four International Bridges and an International Railway Bridge. According to World Gazetteer this metropolitan area ranked 157th largest in North and South America in 2010 with an estimated population of 775,481. This area ranks 66th in the United States[3] and 23rd in Mexico[4].


Populated Places

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1990 343,442
2000 519,801 51.4%
2010 636,516 22.5%

Laredo-Nuevo Laredo metropolitan area is formed by the following populated places:

Urban Areas








Nuevo Leon


Map of Laredo in 1892

Villa de San Agustin de Laredo was founded in 1755 by Don Tomas Sanchez while the area was part of a region called Nuevo Santander in the Spanish colony of New Spain. Villa de San Agustin de Laredo got its name from Laredo, Cantabria, Spain and in honor of Saint Augustine of Hippo. In 1840, Laredo was the capital of the independent Republic of the Rio Grande, set up in rebellion to the dictatorship of Antonio López de Santa Anna and brought back into Mexico by military force. In 1846, during the Mexican-American War the town was occupied by the Texas Rangers. After the war the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ceded the land to the United States. A referendum was taken in the town, which voted overwhelmingly to petition the American military government in charge of the area to return the town to Mexico. However, this petition was rejected, and in response the bulk of the population moved over the river into Mexican territory to found the new town of Nuevo Laredo.

The origin of name of Laredo is unclear. Some scholars say the name might stem from Glaretum which means "sandy, rocky place" others state that Laredo stems from Euskaro and means "beautiful prairies"[7][8]. Laredo might also stem from Laridae which means gull or it might be made up of two Latin words lar which means home and edo which means birth.


The Laredo National Bank is one of the strongest banking institutions in Laredo, Texas
Map of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area


More than 47% of United States international trade headed for Mexico and more than 36% of Mexican international trade crosses through the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo port of entries[9][10]. This is the reason that the borderplex's economy rotates around commercial and industrial warehousing, import, and export. The Laredo International Airport serves the Laredo area which has one-way flights to Houston, Dallas, Orlando, and Las Vegas. The city of Nuevo Laredo has the Quetzalcóatl International Airport which has daily flights to Mexico City. These airports also handle merchandise to export to the neighboring country. The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo port of entry has five international bridges crossing the Rio Grande in 2007.

International Bridges

Major Highways

Major Highways in Laredo and their starting and ending points:

Major Highways in Nuevo Laredo and their starting and ending points:

Retail Sales

Foggy morning at Mall Del Norte

Retail sales also helps the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo economy, it attracts shoppers from Northern Mexico and South Texas[11]. There are 2 indoor shopping malls located in the area and dozens of plazas. The Streets of Laredo Urban Mall is an association created by businesses located in Iturbide Street in the San Agustin historical district to beautify and renovate the area[12]. By 2009 Laredo will have an additional 2 malls which are currently under construction:



The Laredo Borderplex has 16 television stations, 10 in Laredo and 6 located in Nuevo Laredo. They are affiliated with United States and Mexico's major networks including KVTV CBS affiliate, KGNS NBC affiliate, KXOF Fox affiliate, KGNS The CW affiliate, KLDO Univision affiliate, KETF Telefutura, XHLAT Azteca 7 affiliate, XHLNA Azteca 13 affiliate, XHBR Canal de las Estrellas affiliate, and other Televisa networks and independent stations.

CH VC DT Callsign Network City of License Official Website
2 XEFE Televisa local Nuevo Laredo
8.1 8.1 KGNS NBC HD Laredo
8.2 8.2 KTXW The CW Laredo
8.3 8.3 KGNS Telemundo Laredo
11 11.1 25.1 XHBR Canal de las Estrellas HD Nuevo Laredo
13.1 13.1 KVTV CBS Laredo
15.1 15.1 KLMV Religious Laredo
21 21.1 50.1 XHLNA Azteca 13 HD Nuevo Laredo
31.1 31.1 KETF Telefutura Laredo
27.1 19.1 KLDO Univision HD Laredo
27.4 19.4 KLDO LATV Laredo
33 33.1 51.1 XHLAT Azteca 7 HD Nuevo Laredo
39 27.3 19.3 KXOF Fox/MyNet Laredo
45 45.1 32.1 XHNAT Multimedios Nuevo Laredo
55 KNEX KQUR Audio Laredo
57 11.2 25.2 XHLAR Televisa Regional Nuevo Laredo


There are 13 AM radio stations (8 in Nuevo Laredo five in Laredo) and 22 FM radio stations (8 in Laredo, 13 in Nuevo Laredo, and one in Anahuac). Formats available in the region are: Classic Rock, Country, Easy Listening, Urban Contemporary, International, Mexican Regional Music, Spanish Contemporary, Spanish Christian, Spanish Talk, and Tejano.

AM radio

Frequency Callsign Brand City of License Website Webcast
530 WPMQ285 TxDOT HAR Laredo
790 XEFE La Mera Ley Nuevo Laredo listen live
890 KVOZ Radio Cristiana Laredo
960 XEK La Grande Nuevo Laredo listen live
1000 XENLT Radio Formula Nuevo Laredo
1090 XEWL W-Radio Nuevo Laredo listen live
1300 KLAR Radio Poder Laredo listen live
1340 XEBK exa FM Nuevo Laredo
1370 XEGNK Radio Mexicana Nuevo Laredo listen live
1410 XEAS Ke Buena Nuevo Laredo listen live
1490 KLNT ESPN Radio Laredo
1550 XENU La Rancherita Nuevo Laredo listen live
1610 WPMQ285 TxDOT HAR Laredo

FM radio

Frequency Callsign Brand Format City of License Website Webcast
88.1 KHOY Catholic Radio Religious Laredo listen live
88.9 XHLDO Radio Tamaulipas Public Radio Nuevo Laredo tamaulipas.gob listen live
89.9 KBNL Radio Manantial Spanish Religious Laredo
91.3 XHNOE Stereo 91.3 FM Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
92.7 KJBZ Z93 Tejano Laredo
94.1 XHTLN Imagen / RMX Laredo Talk / Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
94.9 KQUR The Works Mainstream Rock Laredo listen live
95.7 XHBK Exa FM Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo
96.5 NEW Tu Radio Norteño Nuevo Laredo
97.1 XHNLO Multimedios Radio Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
98.1 KRRG Big Buck Country Country Laredo
99.3 XHNK Digital Ecstasy Classic Hits Nuevo Laredo listen live
100.5 KBDR La Ley Tejano Laredo listen live
101.5 XHAS Ke Buena Norteño Nuevo Laredo listen live
102.3 XHMW Los 40 Principales Spanish Pop Nuevo Laredo listen live
103.3 XHAHU Radio Nuevo León Spanish Pop Anáhuac listen live
104.5 NEW La Más Pesada Norteño Nuevo Laredo
104.9 XHNLR Radio UAT University Radio Nuevo Laredo
106.1 KNEX Hot 106.1 Urban / Rhythmic Top 40 Laredo listen live
106.5 NEW La Tremenda Norteño Nuevo Laredo
107.3 XHGTS Digital 107.3 Spanish Pop Nuevo Laredo listen live
162.55 WXK26 NOAA Weather Radio Weather Laredo  •


Laredo has two English newspapers: Laredo Morning Times[15] and LareDOS[16]. Nuevo Laredo has four Spanish newspapers: El Diario de Nuevo Laredo[17], El Mañana de Nuevo Laredo[18], Primera Hora[19], and Ultima Hora[20]. Other out of town newspapers are sold in the most sold are San Antonio Express, Corpus Christi Caller Times, El Norte de Monterrey, New York Times, El Universal de Ciudad Mexico, and USA Today.

Name Frequency Language City Website
El Diario de Nuevo Laredo Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
El Mañana Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
LareDOS Monthly English Laredo
Laredo Morning Times Daily English Laredo
Laredo Sun Online Newspaper English Laredo
Lider Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
Primera Hora Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
Ultima Hora Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo


Laredo is home to four semiprofessional sports teams. The Laredo Bucks are a Central Hockey League hockey team in the Southern Conference's Southeast Division. The Bucks have been the League's Champion twice in 2003 and 2005. The Laredo Heat is a Premier Development League soccer team in the Southern Conference's Mid South Division. Laredo are the current USL Premier Development League champions, having defeated 2006 champions Michigan Bucks in a penalty shootout, following a 0-0 draw in the 2007 championship game. The Laredo Broncos are a baseball team in the United League. Nuevo Laredo is home to the Mexican Soccer League's Second Division Bravos de Nuevo Laredo. Both Laredo were home to the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos which were the only Mexican Baseball League team to play in both the United States and Mexico. The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos were the Mexican Baseball League Champions in 1953, 1954, 1958, 1977, and 1989. In 2008 the Tecolotes came back to Nuevo Laredo and they are known as the Tecolotres de Nuevo Laredo.


Pictures of Laredo, Texas

Pictures of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

See also

External links


Coordinates: 27°30′01″N 99°30′10″W / 27.5002397°N 99.5027876°W / 27.5002397; -99.5027876

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