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 growth 2007-2017||52.7%||34.1%|
|Land area (sq. mi.) 2010||678.0||4,219.9|
|Median age 2017||31.6||34.0|
|Homeownership rate 2017||58.3%||52.4%|
|Median household income 2017||$64,393||$65,500|
|Per capita income 2017||$31,233||$35,339|
|High school grads 2017||89.6%||89.2%|
|College grads 2017||37.7%||43.0%|
|Labor force 2017||108,012||1,152,626|
|Unemployment rate 2017||3.1%||3.1%|
|Public school enrollment 2016-2017||35,616||322,690|
|High school graduates 2016||2,077||19,682|
|Retail sales 2016||$3,131 mil.||$35,506 mil.|
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 2017 demographic estimates; and U.S. Census Bureau for all other data.