La Ward, Texas

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La Ward is a city in Jackson County, Texas, United States. The population was 200 at the 2000 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population at 193 as of 1 July 2008.[3]



La Ward is located at 28°50′42″N 96°27′56″W / 28.845°N 96.46556°W / 28.845; -96.46556 (28.845036, -96.465659)[4], at the junction of State Highway 172 and FM 616 in southern Jackson County, approximately 12 miles south of Ganado and 17 miles southeast of Edna. The nearest large city is Victoria, 46 miles west of La Ward.[5]

The United States Census Bureau lists the total city area at 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


The community emerged on the coastal prairie in 1904 with the arrival of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway.[5] It was named for Lafayette Ward, a local who became a leader in introducing Hereford, Brahman, and Jersey cattle to Texas.[6] By 1914, La Ward had developed into a cattle and shipping center. The community had its own independent school district and an estimated population of 200 in 1940. That number had risen to around 300 by the early 1960s. Throughout the remainder of the twentieth century, La Ward's population declined to 247 in 1970, to 218 in 1980, and to 162 in 1990. It increased to 200 in 2000, a 23 percent increase over the 1990 figure.[7]


As of the 2000 census[1] there were 200 people, 63 households, and 50 families residing in the city. The population density was 245.8 people per square mile (95.3/km²). There were 79 housing units at an average density of 97.1/sq mi (37.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.00% White, 1.00% Native American, 12.50% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32.50% of the population.

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