El Cenizo, Texas

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El Cenizo is a city in Webb County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,545 at the 2000 census. El Cenizo is the third largest city in Webb County.

In May, 2006, El Cenizo gained national attention when it was widely reported that the city had adopted Spanish as its official language. In an interview on a national cable news network held on May 23, 2006, its mayor defended the decision but said that official business was now conducted in both English and Spanish. He also said that while he supported English as the common and unifying language of the United States, he believed that any attempt to make English that "official" national language would have a discriminatory effect against bilingual programs.



El Cenizo is located at 27°19′42″N 99°29′48″W / 27.32833°N 99.49667°W / 27.32833; -99.49667 (27.328442, -99.496658)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it is land and 1.89% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,545 people, 730 households, and 680 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,919.6 people per square mile (2,683.8/km²). There were 811 housing units at an average density of 1,583.0/sq mi (614.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.73% White, 0.28% African American, 1.07% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 14.67% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 98.90% of the population.

There were 730 households out of which 72.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.8% were non-families. 6.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.86 and the average family size was 5.04.

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