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Zapata is a town in Zapata County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,856 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Zapata CountyGR6. Zapata was named for Colonel Antonio Zapata, the revolutionary commander who served in the cavalry of the Republic of the Rio Grande, of which the town was a part.
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Zapata is located at 26°54′22″N, 99°16′12″W (26.906244, -99.270007)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.0 km² (7.7 mi²), all land.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 4,856 people, 1,574 households, and 1,265 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 243.2/km² (629.9/mi²). There are 2,239 housing units at an average density of 112.1/km² (290.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 83.92% White, 0.25% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.40% from other races, and 3.07% from two or more races. 89.11% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 1,574 households out of which 41.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% are married couples living together, 15.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% are non-families. 18.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.07 and the average family size is 3.50.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $24,136, and the median income for a family is $27,708. Males have a median income of $30,833 versus $12,604 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $11,863. 33.5% of the population and 29.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 45.1% of those under the age of 18 and 27.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
All of Zapata County is a part of the Zapata County Independent School District.
More Hang Gliding World Records have been set from Zapata, Texas than any other location in the world. The World Record Encampment has been taking place at the Zapata County Airport since 2000, and the first hang glider flights to break the 308 mile barrier took place there the first year. The current distance record is 438 miles set by Mike Barber in 2002. Three new world records were set in 2005. The complete story of the world records at Zapata can be found at http://ozreport.com/. FAI hang gliding world records can be found at http://records.fai.org/hang_gliding/