Hays County

Hays County is the 2nd fastest growing large county in the nation having increased its population by 36.5% between 2010 and 2017. The county's location on I-35 between Austin and San Antonio makes it ideal for companies needing good roadway links. The state's fourth largest public university, Texas State University in San Marcos, provides the area with a young, well-educated workforce. The nation's largest outlet mall complex, located on I-35 south of San Marcos, makes the area a strong retail center. The County's next largest cities, Kyle and Buda, are also thriving communities on the I-35 corridor. Dripping Springs, 24 miles west of Austin, offers business an opportunity to grow in a beautiful Hill Country town.

HAYS COUNTY
AUSTIN MSA
Population 2018
222,631
2,168,316
Population growth 2008-2018
50.8%
32.7%
Land area (sq. mi.) 2018
678.0
4,221.6
Median age 2019
32.1
34.3
Households 2019
81,878
842,329
Home ownership rate 2019
65.2%
59.6%
Median household income 2019
$65,679
$75,946
Per capita income 2019
$31,058
$38,963
High school grads 2019
89.9%
90.3%
College grads 2019
38.1%
44.3%
Labor force 2018
114,386
1,197,091
Unemployment rate 2018
3.0%
2.9%
Public school enrollment 2018-2019
37,396
330,708
High school graduates 2017

2,206

19,985
Retail sales 2018
$1,148 mil.
$36,488 mil.
Business
2018
Establishments
4,416
59,844
Employment
70,130
1,020,498
Average salary
$40,394
$62,331
Mfg.business
2018
Establishments
189
1,773
Employment

4,699

60,133
Average salary
$57,614
$99,563

Sources: Texas Comptroller for retail sales; Texas Workforce Commission for labor force, unemployment, businesses, employees, and salaries; Texas Education Agency for public school enrollment and graduates; ESRI for 2019 demographic estimates; and U.S. Census Bureau for all other data.

LARGEST CITIES IN THE COUNTYLARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTY
San Marcos
Kyle
Buda
Dripping Springs
Wimberley
Hays
San Marcos
Dripping Springs
Wimberley