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July 1st, 2010
Hays County grows four percent in Census estimate


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.

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0 thoughts on “Hays County grows four percent in Census estimate

  1. Is it not entertaining to watch ourselves go all-out hog-wild for growth in San Marcos and spending like drunk sailors to make it happen? Interesting to look at the last three Census reports and the mid-terms and see that it was, is, and will be happening as long as we don’t move the County.


    2000 Census-34733
    2000 Pop Base-35713
    We only had a 64% participations rate for 2010 so out of 53205 we might be missing about 36% of the population which is a little over 19,000. If the 2010 census comes in around 4% lower than projected (which is what it did in 2000) we will be at 51,000 with about 18,300 in the 36% that did not report. Hopefully the Census workers will be able to contact most of that 36% and get an accurate count.

    No matter what the population is this area is growing and will continue. The worst part of this is that 50,000 people pay for the many more people who move through our city on a daily basis. that is the most taxing part of the entire situation. 50,000 paying for 70,000 to 80,000 or more people who dont contribute to our base but use it up in city services.

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