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Located in: Cameron County (see below)

Typical Abbreviation: S. Padre Is.

Time Zone: South Padre Island lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT)

Telephone Area Code: (956)

ZIP Code: 78597<1>

Elevation: Near sea level<2>

From the 2010 US Census     (For more detail, see our Census Page for South Padre Island)


2018:<3>     2,808   (0.28% decrease since 2010)  
2010:     2,816   (16.27% increase since 2000)
2000:     2,422

Total Area:<4>   2.31 sq. miles [6 km²]   - of which 8.45% is water (0.2 sq. miles [0.5 km²])

Housing Units:<5>   6,718

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GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude)<6>

For the purpose of mapping and calculating distances, we have chosen a reference point within South Padre Island. The point that we are using 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).

DMS - Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

Lat:   26° 6' 39"
Lon:   -97° 10' 5"

Name of USGS Topo Map:<7>   Port Isabel

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for South Padre Island

GNIS ID:   2413309
FIPS State / Place Code:   48 / 69140

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for South Padre Island)

About Cameron County

The town of Brownsville is the County Seat for Cameron County.

From the 2010 US Census     (For more detail, see our Census Page for Cameron)


2018:     423,908   (4.35% increase since 2010)  
2010:     406,220   (21.18% increase since 2000)
2000:     335,227

Total Area:   1,276 sq. miles [3,306 km²]   - of which 30.2% is water (385.5 sq. miles [998.5 km²])

Housing Units:   141,924

Official Website:

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for Cameron

GNIS ID:   1383816
FIPS State / County Code:   48 / 061

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for South Padre Island)

About Texas

From the US Census


2018:     28,701,845   (14.14% increase since 2010)  
2010:     25,145,561   (20.59% increase since 2000)
2000:     20,851,820

Websites for State of Texas

Official Website:

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for State of Texas

GNIS ID:   1779801
FIPS State:   48

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for South Padre Island)

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<1>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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<2>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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<3>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2018.

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<4>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of South Padre Island. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements. For example, if there is a cluster of people living just outside of the community's official boundary, the Census-defined area might be expanded to include that group.

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<5>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<6>The longitude & latitude values may not be the geographic center of South Padre Island, rather it may be a prominent intersection or the center of population, etc. It will vary depending on the source.

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<7>The USGS 7.5 Minute topographic map which includes South Padre Island.

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