Despite a falling housing marked, the U.S. Census estimates for July 1, 2009, released last month, indicate that Hays County grew just more than four percent in the year between July 2008 and July 2009.
But the big news concerns San Marcos, which should have grown to well beyond the 50,000 mark necessary to qualify for various federal funds the city is seeking. The city’s population estimate for July 1, 2009 puts San Marcos at 53,205, an increase of just less than 1,000 from the estimate of 52,233 for July 1, 2008.
The population estimates do not include any data from the 2010 Census, which is presently being processed.
The Census Bureau’s figures show that Hays County grew to 155,545 residents on July 1, 2009 from 149,424 a year earlier. Since the 2000 Census, when the population count came to 97,589, the county has grown more than 55 percent. However, the county’s rate of growth in 2009 was the slowest since 2004.
The largest growth in Hays County in the year ending July 1, 2009 occurred in Buda, which went up 1,040 people to 7,784. Buda’s growth rate of 15.4 percent was the fifth largest in Texas.
Kyle grew 9.5 percent, the ninth fastest growth in Texas. Kyle’s population grew from 26,055 to 28,543.
Since the 2000 Census, Kyle and Buda, the two anchor cities in Hays CISD, have grown from a combined 7,718 residents to 36,327.
The other Hays County cities grew negligibly in the year leading up to July 1, 2009. Bear Creek increased from 398 to 400, Dripping Springs increased from 1,857 to 1,875, Hays grew from 256 to 257, Mountain City grew from 741 to 745, Niederwald grew from 413 to 415, Uhland increased from 293 to 295, Wimberley grew from 2,832 to 2,847, and Woodcreek grew from 1,608 to 1,635.
Unincorporated Hays County grew from 56,349 to 57,900.Email | Print