Starr County

Starr County, Texas

County Courthouse Rm 201
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
Phone: (956) 487-2954
Fax: (956) 487-6227

On the southwestern border of TX, west of McAllen; organized Feb 10, 1848 from Nueces County. Name Origin: For James Harper Starr (1809-90), physician; an official in the Republic of Texas government

Area (sq mi):: 1229.28 (land 1223.02; water 6.26) Population per square mile: 49.80
Population 2005: 60,941 State rank: 53 Population change: 2000-20005 13.70%; 1990-2000 32.30% Population 2000: 53,597 (White 2.00%; Black or African American 0.10%; Hispanic or Latino 97.50%; Asian 0.30%; Other 11.60%). Foreign born: 36.90%. Median age: 26.10
Income 2000: per capita $7,069; median household $16,504; Population below poverty level: 50.90% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $9,558-$10,805
Unemployment (2004): 14.60% Unemployment change (from 2000): -5.40% Median travel time to work: 21.40 minutes Working outside county of residence: 19.60%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Rio Grande City County seat (13,403)
  • Roma (10,698)

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    Reporting from Starr County, the Houston Chronicle's Brian Rosenthal writes about what happens when the state and the federal government both guard the same border.
    Los Vientos III Windpower Project, Starr County, 200 MW
    The scope of work included construction of approximately 120 miles of 42- and 48-inch natural gas pipeline from a location near Agua Dulce, Nueces County, TX, to a delivery point near the City of Rio Grande, Starr County, TX.
    Aid has come from priests outside the area, touching off a mild interdiocesan squabble among prelates, as an estimated 1,100 workers have now struck the largest melon ranches in Starr County, near the Mexican border.
    Licenses for a new natural gas pipeline from Nueces County via Starr County and destined for Mexico were sanctioned in 2013, and a direct current power tie of 300 megawatts connects the two countries enabling some import and export of energy since 2007.
    A pilot study on Las Estrellas Preserve, Starr County, Texas, showed that star cactus could be reintroduced to a site by planting but not by seeding (Birnbaum et al.
    The Rio Grande City Consolidated (Texas) Independent School District is located in Starr County, a poverty-stricken area that has a history of high death rates from diabetes.
    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples awarded $100,000 to South Texas College's Starr County Campus Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy.
    In neighboring Starr County, which is included in the community college district, unemployment eclipsed 40 percent.
    In the buffer zone on a ranch in Starr County, 19 of 25 white-tailed deer captured were infested with B.