Santa Rosa, Texas

Santa Rosa, Texas

According to, Santa Rosa, Texas is located in the southern part of Hidalgo County and is a rural community of about 2,000 people. The city lies on the banks of the Santa Rosa River and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and mesquite trees. The climate in Santa Rosa is semi-arid with temperatures ranging from mild to hot depending on the season. In summer months, temperatures can reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit while in winter months they can dip down to freezing.

The history of Santa Rosa dates back to the early 1800s when it was first established as a trading post along the river. It later became an important stop on the stage coach route that traveled between San Antonio and El Paso. During this time, Santa Rosa saw an influx of settlers who were looking for a new home or opportunity in the area.

In terms of politics, Santa Rosa is part of Hidalgo County which leans Democrat in its voting trends. The economy in Santa Rosa is largely based on agriculture with farming, ranching, and livestock production being major industries in the area.

Santa Rosa has two schools within its boundaries: an elementary school and a high school which are both operated by the local school district. Both schools offer students comprehensive academic programs as well as extracurricular activities such as sports teams and clubs.

Santa Rosa also has several landmarks that make it unique including a historic mission built by Franciscan priests in 1754 which still stands today; a restored adobe church built by Spanish settlers; several old cemeteries; and an old trading post from 1837 that has been turned into a museum showcasing local artifacts from that era.

Population: 2,833. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,946 (+4.0% change)
Males: 1,338 (47.2%), Females: 1,495 (52.8%)

Cameron County

Zip code: 78593

Median resident age: 25.3 years
Median household income: $21,154
Median house value: $30,400

Races in Santa Rosa:

  • Hispanic (95.7%)
  • Other race (30.0%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (3.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.8%)
  • American Indian (1.3%)
  • Black (0.6%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (3.6%).

Elevation: 53 feet

Land area: 0.6 square miles

Santa Rosa, Texas


Santa Rosa, Texas is a small town located in Cameron County, Texas with a population of 1,818. The majority of the population is Hispanic or Latino, making up 66.3% of the population. The next largest ethnic group is White, at 28.2%, followed by African American at 5.5%. Santa Rosa has a median age of 33 years old, with 24.2% under the age of 18 and 11.7% over the age 65. The median household income in Santa Rosa is $28,750 and 32.1% of households are below the poverty level.

The high poverty rate affects many aspects of life in Santa Rosa; most notably education and healthcare access for residents who cannot afford it otherwise. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), only 60% of students in Santa Rosa graduate from high school on time compared to 80% statewide in Texas overall. Additionally, 22% of children under 18 live in households without health insurance coverage due to their parents’ inability to pay for it or their lack of employment that offers health benefits as part of their compensation package. These issues have created an environment where families are struggling to make ends meet and provide basic needs for their families due to limited resources available to them within the town limits of Santa Rosa itself or even within Cameron County more broadly speaking.

For population 25 years and over in Santa Rosa

  • High school or higher: 36.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 4.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.6%
  • Unemployed: 12.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 25.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Santa Rosa town

  • Never married: 32.0%
  • Now married: 51.4%
  • Separated: 5.6%
  • Widowed: 4.4%
  • Divorced: 6.6%

21.1% Foreign born (21.0% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +847 (+42.6%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Santa Rosa:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Santa Rosa:

  • VALLEY INTL (about 13 miles; HARLINGEN, TX; Abbreviation: HRL)
  • MC ALLEN MILLER INTL (about 29 miles; MC ALLEN, TX; Abbreviation: MFE)

Other public-use airports nearest to Santa Rosa:

  • MID VALLEY (about 12 miles; WESLACO, TX; Abbreviation: T65)
  • EDINBURG INTL (about 24 miles; EDINBURG, TX; Abbreviation: 25R)
  • CHARLES R JOHNSON (about 34 miles; PORT MANSFIELD, TX; Abbreviation: T05)

Amtrak station near Santa Rosa:

  • 11 miles: HARLINGEN (215 E. MONROE ST.) – Bus Station. Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Santa Rosa:

  • TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE-HARLINGEN (about 11 miles; HARLINGEN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,167)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN (about 26 miles; EDINBURG, TX; Full-time enrollment: 9,651)
  • SOUTH TEXAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 29 miles; MCALLEN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,142)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT BROWNSVILLE (about 32 miles; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,044)
  • TEXAS SOUTHMOST COLLEGE (about 32 miles; BROWNSVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,556)
  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY-KINGSVILLE (about 86 miles; KINGSVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,860)
  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI (about 106 miles; Corpus Christi, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,282)


Public high school in Santa Rosa:

  • SANTA ROSA H S (Students: 335; Location: HWY 107 & E CRUZ ST; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Santa Rosa:

  • ELMA E BARRERA ELEMENTARY (Students: 587; Location: HWY 107 & E CRUZ ST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SANTA ROSA MIDDLE (Students: 277; Location: HWY 107 & E CRUZ ST; Grades: 06 – 08)