Realitos is on Macho Creek and the Texas-Mexican Railway twelve miles southwest of Benavides in south central Duval County. It was established on the former Santos García Spanish land grant and in 1885 was described as "a settlement, also a ranch." A post office was established there in 1886 with Charles Shaw as postmaster. By 1890 Realitos had a Methodist church, two general stores, and a population of 400. Two years later the population was an estimated 800, and the town supported two churches, a school, two saloons, a cotton gin, and a combination barber and confectioner's shop. During the 1906–07 school year fifty pupils attended the Realitos school.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Pop. Year Source
154 2019 Texas Demographic Center
184 2010 Texas Demographic Center
209 2000 Texas Demographic Center