Hays County

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Located on the Edwards Plateau, Hays County is named after John “Jack” C. Hays, a legendary Texas Ranger and one of the most respected Texans of his day. Founded in March, 1848, Hays County’s population has grown from fewer than 500 residents at its inception to an estimated population is 252,646. It continues to be one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas, with the vivacious and thriving city of San Marcos as the county seat. Ideally situated between Austin and San Antonio, the county’s rich history, geographical significance, and natural beauty continues to make Hays County an excellent location to live, work and visit.

Hays County Demographics

(US Census Information as of July 2019. Some data is compiled for the years 2014-2019 and some are compiled for 2012. See: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/hayscountytexas/PST045219 for more information.)


Age / Sex
Under 5 years: 6.1%
6 – 18 years: 22.9%
65 + years: 11.4%
Female: 50.3%

Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2015-2019: 11,990
Foreign Born Persons: 8.5%

Housing units: 84,560
Owner Occupied Housing: 62.3%
Median value of Owner Occupied: $238,700
Median Monthly Owner Costs w/Mortgage: $1,781
Median Monthly Owner Costs w/out Mortgage: $641
Median Gross Rent: $1,154
Building Permits: 3,474
Households, 2015-2019: 73,437
Persons per Household: 2.81
Living in the Same House 1 Year Ago: 81.8%
Language Other than English spoken at Home: 25.8%

Computer and Internet Usage
Households with a computer: 95.1%
Households with Broadband HSI Subscription: 84.8%

High School Graduate or Higher @ 25 years+: 90.1%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher @ 25 years+: 37.2%

Living with a Disability under 65 years: 6.8%
Persons Without Health Insurance: 17.6%

Civilian Labor Force 16+ years: 67.9%
Civilian Labor Force Female 16+ years: 61.8%
Total Accommodation and Food Services Sales (1000): 348,261
Total Healthcare and Social Assistance Revenue (1000): 603,338
Total Retail Sales (1000): 2,471,345
Total Retail Sales per Capita: $14,624

Commute Time to Work: 30.4 minutes

Income & Poverty
Median Household Income: $68,717
Per Capita Income: $32,118
Persons in Poverty: 11.2%

Total Employer Establishments: 4,452
Total Employment: 63,484
Total Annual Payroll 2018 ($1,000): 2,174,550
Total Employment Percent Change 2017-2018: 7%
Total Nonemployer Establishments: 19,461
All Firms: 16,223
Men-Owned Firms: 8,947
Women-Owned Firms: 5,246
Minority-Owned Firms: 4,177
Non-Minority-Owned Firms: 11,316
Veteran-Owned Firms: 1,703
Non-Veteran-Owned Firms: 13,688

Population per Square Mile, 2010: 231.7
Land Area in Square Miles, 2010: 677.98
FIPS Code: 48209

Other County Information

Hays County Government Information Website

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Driver’s License, Handgun Licensing, Crime Reports, Vehicle Inspection, etc.

Vehicle Registration

Hays County Tax Office

Hays County Appraisal District

Hays County Voter Registration

Hays County Civil District Courts
Hays County Government Center
712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 2057
San Marcos, TX 78666

Hays County Criminal District Courts
Hays Government Center, Ste. 2057
712 S. Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, Texas 78666

Hays Public Libraries

Kyle Public Library
550 Scott St, Kyle, TX 78640

San Marcos Public Library
625 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666
512.393.8200 • https://www.sanmarcostx.gov/586/LibraryMap

Buda Public Library
405 Loop St, Buda, TX 78610
512.295.5899 • https://www.budalibrary.orgMap

Dripping Springs Community Library
501 Sportsplex Dr, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
512.858.7825 • https://www.dscl.orgMap

Wimberley Village Library
400 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
512.847.2188 • https://library.austintexas.gov/aokMap

Albert B. Alkek Library • Texas State University
601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
512.245.2686 • https://www.library.txstate.eduMap

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