La Joya, Texas

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La Joya is a city in western Hidalgo County, Texas, United States, along U.S. Route 83 between Mission and Rio Grande City. The population was 3,303 at the 2000 census.

La Joya is part of the McAllenEdinburgMission Metropolitan Statistical Area.



La Joya is located at 26°14′31″N 98°28′48″W / 26.24194°N 98.48°W / 26.24194; -98.48 (26.241996, -98.480138)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (3.47%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,303 people, 860 households, and 766 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,187.6 people per square mile (458.7/km²). There were 969 housing units at an average density of 348.4/sq mi (134.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.94% White, 0.18% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 33.18% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 97.18% of the population.

There were 860 households out of which 51.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.9% were non-families. 9.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.84 and the average family size was 4.10.

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