Buda, Texas

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Buda, Texas
Some of the shops along Main Street.
Some of the shops along Main Street.
Location of Buda, Texas
Location of Buda, Texas
Hays County Buda.svg
Coordinates: 30°5′3″N 97°50′21″W / 30.08417°N 97.83917°W / 30.08417; -97.83917Coordinates: 30°5′3″N 97°50′21″W / 30.08417°N 97.83917°W / 30.08417; -97.83917
Country United States
State Texas
County Hays
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 702 ft (214 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,295
 • Density 998.5/sq mi (385.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78610
Area code(s) 512 & 737
FIPS code 48-11080[1]
GNIS feature ID 1331525[2]

Buda (/ˈbjuːdə/ BYOO-da) is a city in Hays County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,343 residents in 2010.[3] Buda is part of the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area and one of Austin's fastest growing suburbs.[4]


Buda is located at 30°05′03″N 97°50′21″W / 30.084229°N 97.839081°W / 30.084229; -97.839081 (30.084229, -97.839081).[5] This is 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Austin and 60 miles (97 km) northeast of San Antonio on Interstate 35.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) of it is land and 0.41% is water.


Buda is served by the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Buda students attend Jack C. Hays High School, whose mascot is the Rebels; A local pastime is watching high school football games at Bob Shelton Stadium.


Buda Wiener Dog Races, April 2010.

Because of its proximity to Austin, Texas, Buda is a suburb and commuter town for commuters to Austin.[6] Commercial development along the I-35 corridor, such as the Cabela's sporting good store, has increased city sales tax revenue, and city leaders hope that further revitalization of downtown Buda will attract tourists and residents to the Main Street area.[7][8]

Buda attracts national attention for its light-hearted wiener dog races,[9] which is organized every April by the Buda Lions Club. Rooster Teeth Productions, the creators of the machinima series Red vs. Blue and The Strangerhood, had its office in Buda until moving back to Austin.

In 2009, the Buda City Council approved the city to become a member of the Film Friendly Texas Program,[10] an organization which trains community leaders about the film production process and how to effectively facilitate filming requests.


Buda is a home rule city with a council-manager form of government. Other governmental entities include the Buda Planning and Zoning Commission, the Historical Commission, the Parks Commission, the Board of Adjustments and the Economic Development Corporation. Citizen Groups active in local politics include the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce and the Buda Downtown Merchants Association.

In November 2007, Buda citizens adopted a home rule charter by a margin of 77.85 percent, allowing the city to transition from general law to home rule.

City Council[edit]

  • Todd Ruge, Mayor
  • Angela Kennedy, Council Member Place 1
  • Wiley Hopkins, Council Member Place 2
  • Jose Montoya, Council Member Place 3
  • George Haehn, Council Member Place 4
  • Eileen Altmiller, Council Member Place 5
  • Bobby Lane, Mayor Pro-Tem & Council Member Place 6

City Employees[edit]

  • Kenneth Williams, City Manager
  • Beth Hanna Smith, Municipal Presiding Judge
  • Ross Fischer, City Attorney

Fire Department[edit]

  • Clayton H. Huckaby, Chief/EMT-B

Police Department[edit]

  • Bo Kidd, Chief


The town of Buda sprang up along the route of the International-Great Northern Railroad, which was extended from Austin to San Antonio in 1880. Buda bore the name of “Du Pre” from its birth in 1881 until the autumn of 1887, when postal officials became aware that another Texas town was also named Du Pre. According to town lore, the name Du Pre came from the postmaster of the nearby Mountain City, W. W. Haupt, who pleaded with railroad officials, “Do, pray, give us a depot.” Alternate unconfirmed legends suggest that Du Pre was the name of an Austin newspaper editor who may have been instrumental in bringing the depot to the future town site, or given local topography, could borrow from the French phrase “du pre,” meaning “of the meadow.”

Mrs. Cornelia A. Trimble platted the town of Du Pre on April 1, 1881, establishing streets and a 150-foot (46 m) wide “Reservation” between the lots and the railroad right of way. Though the reservation was the property of town citizens, the plat allowed the railroad to place buildings on the parkland, including the depot that would become the lifeblood of the town over the next few decades. The Du Pre plat followed the convention of the neighboring city of Austin, giving east-west streets the name of local trees: Ash, Elm, Live Oak and China Streets. The north-south streets were named after surrounding communities: Austin and San Marcos Streets.

Several businesses quickly sprang up in the fledgling town, including the Carrington Hotel, which became known for serving good meals to hungry railroad travelers. By the time Du Pre was forced to find a new name for itself, the Carrington hotel was being referenced as “the Buda House.” In the “Dupre Notes” column of the Sept. 25, 1886 edition of the Hays County Times and Farmer’s Journal, the author notes that “The Buda House is one of the best hotels in the state. The polite and entertaining hostess, Mrs. Carrington, meets all with a courteous welcome.” According to the town’s oral tradition, the name of Buda is a corruption of the Spanish word “viuda,” or “widow,” referencing the widows who supposedly worked as cooks at the Carrington Hotel. Others suggest that like the town of Buda, Illinois, the town name is a nod to the exiles of the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1848 who settled in the area.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,404 people, 866 households, and 685 families residing in the city. Based on utility hook-ups, the city estimated its 2008 population to be in excess of 5,000 residents. The population density was 998.5 people per square mile (385.1/km2). There were 910 housing units at an average density of 378.0 per square mile (145.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.95% White, 1.58% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 12.02% from other races, and 3.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.83% of the population.

There were 866 households out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,135, and the median income for a family was $57,321. Males had a median income of $37,398 versus $30,064 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,167. About 3.3% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2007, Buda recorded $384 million of assessed property value within city limits. Based on a February 2007 survey of 14 central Texas cities, Buda had the highest per capita assessed property value at $85,431 per resident. The city recorded more than $3 million in sales tax collection in 2006, for a per capita sales tax collection of $675.

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  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4811080.html
  4. ^ http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/san-marcos-buda-kyle/buda-planning-for-growth-transportation-challenges/
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/san-marcos-buda-kyle/population-boom-predicted-for-buda/
  7. ^ http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/san-marcos-buda-kyle/downtown-buda-plan-charts-course-for-the-future/
  8. ^ http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/san-marcos-buda-kyle/buda-anticipates-sales-tax-increase-in-2015/
  9. ^ "Dachshund racing: Wiener-dog races", The Economist, 30 Apr 2009, accessed 20 Apr 2010
  10. ^ http://governor.state.tx.us/film/film_friendly/certified_communities
  11. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/Library/guides/rosters/chaplain.htm 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2010-3-23.

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