Located on the border of Mexico and the US, Laredo is a well-populated city that is witnessing an international trade boom. It is a major hub for the all leading transportation companies, promoting healthy trade growth between the US and Mexico. Since 2010 the city has seen a 6.9% rise in population which amounted to over 252,000 residents as of 2014. Laredo forms an important part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area and is witnessing rapid economic development. Nuevo Laredo in Mexico and Laredo, TX are often called the twin cities.
Apart from trade and transportation, agriculture is also a major source of income here. Located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, Laredo offers the best of Mexico and Texas to the visitor and resident alike. It combines the rugged Texan charm with the exotic flair that Mexico is so well known for, presenting an appealing city in the process. Along with being a commercial hub it is also a cultural melting pot offering visitors to the South Texas Plains a glimpse into their strong Anglo-Hispanic heritage. As America's largest inland port and one of the oldest spots to cross the US/Mexico border, it sees a lot of emigrant traffic around the year. Visitors are requested to carry their visas and other identification documents on their person at all times.
Founded in 1755, Laredo has a rich history with interspersed conflicts that mark the important chapters of its past. It is has a rather unique tradition of flying seven flags at once, which is a sight to behold. The Celebration of Washington's Birthday in February is a huge tourist event and many plan their visit around this time. It is famous for its wild game which in turn has hunters and fishermen flocking to its grounds all year long. Lake Casa Blanca International State Park makes for a beautiful outdoor oasis while the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum is the most popular indoor attraction in Laredo. Texas A&M International University has a campus here along with the Laredo Community College. With the average price of a house coming in under $69,000, Laredo makes for a good place to settle down.