LAURELES, TEXAS. Laureles is off the intersection of Farm roads 1575 and 2893, eight miles east of San Benito in south central Cameron County. It had one business and a population estimated at twenty in 1949. In 1983 maps showed a cluster of various dwellings in the community. The population of Laureles was still estimated at twenty in 1992. During the 1960s a colonia developed in the area and had an estimated population of 363 and sixty-eight dwellings. The population grew to 3,285 by 2000.
Colonias in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas: A Summary Report (Policy Research Project Report No. 18, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 1977).