Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?
I think it is best for couples and for families with young kids. Singles face a very small American community here, and concerns about security/corruption/visa questions when meeting local people. Most seem to escape to San Antonio regularly. Kids older than about third grade face issues with after-school activities in Texas (parents have to cross the border to get them), friends not wanting to come to their houses in Mexico, snobbery issues in Texas (prominent families who have known each other forever), and similar. However, I hear that the academic quality of the school in Laredo is very good. - Jun 2018
It is just OK. You can cross the border anytime, you get to eat lots of Mexican food. The school situation makes it harder for us but another couple accepts the school and seems to have no stress about any of the issues that I see. I would say it is good for families with babies. - Apr 2017
As much as any other city along the U.S.-Mexico border - Feb 2016
I think this is a great post for families and couples, but I can see how it can be a challenge for a single person. The houses are huge and the party scene here is not exactly vibrant. Most of the single officers just stuck together and hung out at the Consulate events. They did a lot of traveling around the U.S. and Mexico and TDYs to other posts so it was nice that they had those opportunities. - Dec 2015
In general, Nuevo Laredo is somewhat off limits to our social scene. When we go out, we normally hang out as a group from work, and some people find the occasional date, or date on the Laredo side. There aren't many outlets for young professionals in my opinion. We do a lot of things as a group. We make the most of it. Manage your expectations and you'll be fine. - Jun 2014
Families have it best because you end up spending most time at home, given the security restrictions and danger outside. - Feb 2013
The security situation makes this a "create your own fun" post. Many of the local attractions: El Mercado, the Cadillac Bar, the Bullfights have either closed or are operating only sporadically. We mostly spend time at each other's houses. Travel to Texas on weekends is popular with a lot of the staff. - Nov 2011