is a city in Uvalde County
, United States
. The population was 14,929 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat
of Uvalde County
Uvalde was the home of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner, former Speaker of the House and Vice President of the United States. Actor Matthew McConaughey, actress Dale Evans, and former Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe, were born in Uvalde. Uvalde is also home to the Grammy Award winning Tejano/Norteño group Los Palominos.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 14,929 people, 4,796 households, and 3,716 families residing in the city. The population density
was 2,220.2 people per square mile (857.8/km²). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 790.1/sq mi (305.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.27% White
, 0.47% African American
, 0.62% Native American
, 0.48% Asian
, 0.07% Pacific Islander
, 22.12% from other races
, and 2.97% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 75.48% of the population.
There were 4,796 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.50.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,259, and the median income for a family was $27,897. Males had a median income of $25,600 versus $15,674 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,735. About 24.2% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.1% of those under age 18 and 23.8% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Uvalde is served by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District
, which serves Uvalde, Real
, and Zavala
counties. The school district has 10 schools.
Southwest Texas Junior College has a campus near Uvalde, next to Garner Field.
The John Nance Garner Museum in Uvalde, which was home to John Nance Garner
for 30 years, chronicles his life. Garner served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 1931-1933 and as Franklin D. Roosevelt
's Vice President from 1933 to 1941.
Also located in Uvalde:
- The Aviation Museum at Garner Field, which has displays of World War II aircraft;
- The Briscoe Art and Antique Collection, which displays the collection of former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe; and
- The Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House, which hosts community theater and concerts.<
The City of Uvalde owns Garner Field
, a general aviation airport east of Uvalde.