Presidio, Texas

Presidio, Texas

According to Homeagerly, Presidio is a small border town located in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas, directly south of the Rio Grande River. The city has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature is 76 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average precipitation is 14 inches.

The city of Presidio has a rich history dating back to the 1500s when Spanish explorers discovered the area. In 1848, it became part of the United States after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed. During World War I, Presidio was used as a base for US troops on their way to fight in Europe.

The economy in Presidio is mostly centered around agriculture and ranching due to its location in West Texas. The main crops grown here are cotton, alfalfa, onions, and carrots. Cattle ranching is also popular as well as tourism due to its proximity to Big Bend National Park.

Presidio Independent School District serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as band, football, basketball, volleyball, and track & field. There are also two private schools located in Presidio – St Mary’s Catholic School and High Plains Christian Academy – which offer elementary through high school education for families looking for an alternative to public school education.

Presidio has several landmarks that make it unique including Fort Leaton State Historic Site which was once an outpost for Spanish troops; La Casita de Adobes which is a replica adobe home built by local craftsmen; and Presidio County Courthouse which dates back to 1892 and still stands today as one of the oldest courthouses in Texas. Additionally there are many other historical sites scattered throughout town that provide visitors with insight into this area’s past such as old churches, cemeteries, ranches, homesteads, trading posts and more!

Presidio, Texas

Population: 4,167. Estimated population in July 2020: 4,775 (+14.6% change)
Males: 1,973 (47.3%), Females: 2,194 (52.7%)

Presidio County

Zip code: 79845

Median resident age: 28.5 years
Median household income: $18,031
Median house value: $29,900

Races in Presidio:

  • Hispanic (94.1%)
  • Other race (15.4%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (5.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)

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

Ancestries: United States (1.7%), German (1.2%).

Elevation: 2581 feet

Land area: 2.6 square miles


Presidio, Texas is a small town located in Presidio County, Texas. It had a population of 4,167 people as of the 2020 census. The majority of the population is Hispanic or Latino, making up approximately 87% of the total population. The median age is 28 years old, and the average household size is 3.1 persons per household.

The town of Presidio is primarily rural and agricultural in nature and has a large number of businesses related to farming and ranching activities. A significant portion of the population are employed in these industries. Additionally, there are several businesses related to tourism and hospitality activities that employ residents as well. The town also has a number of local restaurants and stores that provide services to the community. The local schools are part of the Presidio Independent School District which serves students from Presidio and surrounding areas.

The climate in Presidio is generally warm with temperatures ranging from hot summers to cool winters with occasional snowfall occurring at times throughout the year. The area receives an average annual precipitation amount of 11 inches per year with most months receiving at least some rainfall or snowfall during certain months throughout the year.

Presidio is home to several parks including Big Bend National Park which offers visitors numerous outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, bird watching, camping, fishing, horseback riding and much more! In addition to Big Bend National Park there are also several state parks located nearby that offer visitors additional outdoor recreational opportunities such as camping, canoeing, kayaking and more! Residents can enjoy all these activities while still having access to all modern amenities in town as well as being able to take advantage of nearby medical facilities if needed.

For population 25 years and over in Presidio

  • High school or higher: 31.6%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 7.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.5%
  • Unemployed: 19.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 19.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Presidio city

  • Never married: 23.0%
  • Now married: 64.4%
  • Separated: 2.8%
  • Widowed: 5.7%
  • Divorced: 4.1%

49.5% Foreign born (49.0% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +1,219 (+41.4%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Presidio:

  • REEVES COUNTY HOSPITAL (about 139 miles; PECOS, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Presidio:

  • CAVERN CITY AIR TRML (about 191 miles; CARLSBAD, NM; Abbreviation: CNM)
  • EL PASO INTL (about 207 miles; EL PASO, TX; Abbreviation: ELP)
  • BIGGS AAF (about 209 miles; FORT BLISS/EL PASO/, TX; Abbreviation: BIF)

Other public-use airports nearest to Presidio:

  • PRESIDIO LELY INTL (about 6 miles; PRESIDIO, TX; Abbreviation: T77)
  • MARFA MUNI (about 61 miles; MARFA, TX; Abbreviation: MRF)
  • TERLINGUA RANCH (about 69 miles; ALPINE, TX; Abbreviation: 1E2)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Presidio:

  • SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY (about 74 miles; ALPINE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,076)
  • EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 205 miles; EL PASO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 11,127)
  • ODESSA COLLEGE (about 207 miles; ODESSA, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,555)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO (about 212 miles; EL PASO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 12,071)
  • MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 232 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)
  • NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 250 miles; LAS CRUCES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 12,562)
  • NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY-DONA ANA (about 250 miles; LAS CRUCES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,380)


Public high school in Presidio:

  • PRESIDIO H S (Students: 455; Location: 100 MARKET ST; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Presidio:

  • PRESIDIO EL (Students: 729; Location: 100 MARKET ST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • FRANCO MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 341; Location: 100 MARKET ST; Grades: 06 – 08)


Library in Presidio:

  • CITY OF PRESIDIO LIBRARY (Operating income: $31,763; Location: O’RIELLY STREET; 8,000 books; 47 audio materials; 165 video materials; 23 serial subscriptions)