Zapata, Texas

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Zapata is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Zapata County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 4,856 at the 2000 census. As an unincorporated community, Zapata has no municipal government but like all 254 Texas counties has four elected county commissioners chosen by single-member districts and a countywide elected administrative judge.

Zapata was named for Colonel Jose Antonio de Zapata, the revolutionary commander who served in the cavalry of the Republic of the Rio Grande, of which the town was a part. Zapata is served by the Zapata County Airport (T86).

U.S. Highway 83, running north and south, is the main thoroughfare of Zapata. It intersects Texas State Highway 16, an east-west link, in Zapata.



Zapata is located at 26°54′22″N 99°16′12″W / 26.90611°N 99.27°W / 26.90611; -99.27 (26.906244, -99.270007)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.7 square miles (20.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2009, there were 14,680 people, 4,231 households, and 1,265 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 629.9 people per square mile (243.2/km²). There were 2,239 housing units at an average density of 290.4/sq mi (112.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.92% White, 0.25% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.40% from other races, and 12.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 89.11% of the population.

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