Carrizo Springs, Texas

Carrizo Springs is a city in and the county seat of Dimmit County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 5,368 at the 2010 census. (2018 estimate 5,470).[4]

Carrizo Springs, Texas
Carrizo Springs water tower
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 28°31′36″N 99°51′45″W
CountryUnited States
  MayorDina Ojeda-Balderas
  Total3.1 sq mi (8.1 km2)
  Land3.1 sq mi (8.1 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
604 ft (184 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)830
FIPS code48-12988[1]
GNIS feature ID1372953[2]

The name of the town is derived from the local springs, which were named by the Spanish for the cane grass that once grew around them. It is the oldest town in Dimmit County. Artesian wells in the area are known for their pure, clean water. This water is often exported from Carrizo Springs for use as holy water.


Carrizo Springs lies along U.S. Route 83, approximately 82 miles northwest of Laredo and 45 miles north of the Mexican border. Route 83 intersects U.S. Route 277 there. The name "Carrizo Springs" derives from similarly named springs in the area; the name is Spanish for a type of grass once common in the area. Founded in 1865 by settlers from Atascosa County, Carrizo Springs is the oldest community in the county.[5]

Carrizo Springs, along with San Antonio, Uvalde, Crystal City, and Corpus Christi, was a major stop on the defunct San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad, a Class I line which operated from 1909 until it was merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1956.[6]

More recently, Carrizo Springs has become the home of the only olive orchard and oil press in Texas.[7]


Carrizo Springs is located at 28°31′36″N 99°51′45″W (28.526699, -99.862423).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) is land and 0.32% is water.


Historical population
Est. 20185,470[9]1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,655 people, 1,816 households and 1,450 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,812.9 people per square mile (699.8/km²). There were 2,109 housing units at an average density of 676.1 per square mile (261.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.28% White, 1.34% African American, 0.69% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 18.83% from other races, and 2.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 87.21% of the population.

Out of the Residents under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.47.

In the city, the population was spread out with 33.3% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,306, and the median income for a family was $22,375. Males had a median income of $24,536 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,642. About 30.8% of families and 33.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.9% of those under age 18 and 29.9% of those age 65 or over.


Carrizo Springs is served by the Carrizo Springs Consolidated Independent School District and home to the Carrizo Springs High School Wildcats.

The following schools serve students in the city:

Migrant child detention center

Facilities that previously housed Stratton Oilfield Systems were chosen for a new unaccompanied minor detention site, with an estimated capacity of 1,000 to 1,600 children. Operations are contracted with BCFS Health and Human Services.[11][12] When the site was previously considered under Stratton Security management, owner and president Dan Stratton assured the area's residents that potential residents would not be refugees of the Syrian Civil War or speak Arabic. He emphasized that refugees would be securely kept within the facility and would not interact with or murder area residents.[13]


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  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. Handbook of Texas Online.
  6. "Nancy Beck Young, "San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad Company"". Texas State Historical Association on-line. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  7. Texas Olive Ranch
  8. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  10. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. "Trump Prepares to Open New 'Captured Children' Facility in Texas as Hundreds of Rights Groups Call for Decriminalizing Migration". Common Dreams. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  12. CNN, Priscilla Alvarez. "HHS to open new housing for unaccompanied minors". CNN. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  13. Dwyer, Mimi (2019-06-07). "The Trump Administration is Converting a Former "Man Camp" in Texas into a Shelter for Migrant Kids". Vice News. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
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