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The location of South Padre Island

Welcome to South Padre Island ...

The coastal town of South Padre Island is located in Cameron County.

The location of South Padre Island has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

A typical abbreviation for South Padre Island: S. Padre Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, South Padre Island has a population of 2,808 people<2> (see below for details).

South Padre Island is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: South Padre Island lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

South Padre Island is within the (956) area code.

The ZIP code for South Padre Island: 78597<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, South Padre Island had a population of 2,816 people. This makes South Padre Island the county's 11th most populous community.

The population of South Padre Island represents 0.01% of the population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's 472nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,816 people, the population of South Padre Island increased 16.27% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 2,422 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, South Padre Island had an population of 2,808 people. This is a decrease of 0.28% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 15.94% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for South Padre Island.

Websites for South Padre Island ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around South Padre Island. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of South Padre Island. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around South Padre Island.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for South Padre Island:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for South Padre Island ...

Looking for more information about South Padre Island? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for South Padre Island, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for South Padre Island.

Communities near South Padre Island ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Brownsville   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the Southwest (SW) of South Padre Island

Los Fresnos   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West (W) of South Padre Island

Port Isabel   [Map]

Lies 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) of South Padre Island

Laguna Vista   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) of South Padre Island

Bayview   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) of South Padre Island

Laguna Heights   [Map]

Lies 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) of South Padre Island

Boca Chica   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) of South Padre Island

Clarksville   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) of South Padre Island

Del Mar Heights   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West (W) of South Padre Island

Chula Vista-Orason   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West (W) of South Padre Island

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for South Padre Island.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Texas

About Cameron County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for South Padre Island:

The official website for Cameron County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for South Padre Island.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around South Padre Island - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as South Padre Island). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether South Padre Island or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Padre Island) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for South Padre Island. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Padre Island

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Padre Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.1110, Longitude: -97.1681     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Padre Island have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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