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Kyle, Texas | Economic Development

Hays County

Hays County is a populous suburban county in the Austin metropolitan area with a population of 214,485 people with a growth rate of approximately 4.96%.  Hays County is the 4th fastest growing counties in United States (from July 2016 to July 2017).

The county’s population growth is primarily due to the incresing levels of migration of people into the county. 77% of new population was due to domestic migration. Migration has not been quite as strong in recent years but still accounted for over 79% of new population.

Hays County has a younger population with a high concentration of families and college students.  According to the Census, 20% of Hays County’s population are children under 15 years of age (versus 20% for the U.S.) and 22% of county residents are young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 years old (versus 14% for the U.S.). As a result, the county has lower concentrations of adults between the ages of 45-64 and elderly residents. Of the total population, 93% were born in the United States, with 7% born abroad.  Of the foreign-born population, 67% are not naturalized US citizens.

Hays County’s population is 57% White, 37% Hispanic, 3% Black, and 1% Asian. The three largest ancestral groups are German, English, and Irish.

According to the Census, Hays County is well-educated: 90% of residents had at least a high school degree and 38% had a Bachelor’s degree or higher. These educational attainment statistics are higher than both Texas’ average (81% High School, 26% Bachelor’s) and the U.S. average (86% high school, 29% Bachelor’s). (American Community Survey, Hays County)

Hays County’s median household income remained just above the national average for many years, and was 109% of U.S. median household income.