San Benito, Texas

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San Benito is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. The population was 23,444 at the 2000 census. It is the birthplace of Country and Tex-Mex music icon Freddy Fender. San Benito celebrated the 100th anniversary of the naming of the city April 3, 2007. The post office was named Diaz from April to May 1907. The San Benito Museum, Freddy Fender Museum and Conjunto Music Museum opened in the same building Nov. 17, 2007.

San Benito is part of the BrownsvilleHarlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area.



San Benito is located at 26°8′12″N 97°38′9″W / 26.13667°N 97.63583°W / 26.13667; -97.63583 (26.136603, -97.635878)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29.0 km²), of which, 11.0 square miles (28.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.87%) is water. San Benito is also known as "The Resaca City", due to its resaca (a former tributary of the Rio Grande, which has been cut off for irrigation purposes).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 23,444 people, 7,065 households, and 5,715 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,130.2 people per square mile (822.1/km²). There were 9,120 housing units at an average density of 828.7/sq mi (319.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.16% White, 0.32% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 20.48% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 86.93% of the population.

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