Hutto, Texas

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Hutto, Texas
Hutto water tower
Hutto water tower
Nickname(s): The Hutto Hippos
Location of Hutto, Texas
Location of Hutto, Texas
Williamson County Hutto.svg
Coordinates: 30°32′40″N 97°32′43″W / 30.54444°N 97.54528°W / 30.54444; -97.54528Coordinates: 30°32′40″N 97°32′43″W / 30.54444°N 97.54528°W / 30.54444; -97.54528
Country United States
State Texas
County Williamson
 • Total 7.75 sq mi (20.1 km2)
 • Land 7.75 sq mi (20.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 663 ft (202 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 14,698
 • Density 1,897.7/sq mi (732.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78634
Area code(s) 512 & 737
FIPS code 48-35624[2]
GNIS feature ID 1359869[3]
Hutto redirects here. For information on the name, see Hutto (surname).
The Hutto Chamber of Commerce building downtown
Downtown Hutto (2011) with Texan Cafe at right

Hutto is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 14,698 at the 2010 census.[1]

Downtown Hutto before cars


Hutto is located at 30°32′40″N 97°32′43″W / 30.544517°N 97.545198°W / 30.544517; -97.545198 (30.544517, -97.545198),[4] about seven miles (11 km) east of Round Rock and 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Austin.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.75 square miles (20.1 km2), all of it land.


Hutto High School

Hutto is served by the Hutto Independent School District. The Hutto Hippos (of Hutto High School) reached the Class 3A Division II state championship in 2005, where the Hippos lost 38-34 to Tatum. The Hippos' orange and white uniforms and fight song are adapted from the nearby University of Texas Longhorns.

  • Hutto High School
  • Hutto Middle School
  • Farley Middle School
  • Cottonwood Creek Elementary
  • Hutto Elementary
  • Nadine Johnson Elementary
  • Ray Elementary
  • Legacy Early College High School
  • Veterans Hill Elementary (re-opening 2014-2015)
Hutto High School stadium


Downtown Hutto in 2006

Highway 130 is pushing growth at an aggressive level. The SH130 toll road, is intended to be an alternate route to IH-35. With a healthy continuing economy and the rapid growth of the Austin Metro area, the population of the City of Hutto[5] should approach 40,280 by 2020; that number should increase to 50,140 by 2025 and reach 60,000 by 2030.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 579
1960 400
1970 545 36.3%
1980 659 20.9%
1990 630 −4.4%
2000 1,250 98.4%
2010 14,698 1,075.8%
Est. 2013[6] 19,728 34.2%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,250 people, 398 households, and 318 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,297.8 people per square mile (502.7/km2). There were 424 housing units at an average density of 440.2 per square mile (170.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.48% White, 5.36% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 15.52% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.72% of the population.

There were 398 households out of which 52.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.48.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 13.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,295, and the median income for a family was $55,769. Males had a median income of $33,125 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,113. About 3.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.


Historically, Hutto was not established until 1876 when the International-Great Northern Railroad passed through land owned by James Emory Hutto (1824-1914), for whom the community is named. Railroad officials designated the stop Hutto Station. James Hutto was born in Alabama on June 8, 1824; he came to Texas in 1847 and moved his family to Williamson County in 1855. A slave, Adam Orgain, was actually the first person to live in the immediate Hutto vicinity having been placed out on the black land prairie by his owner to watch after the cattle and livestock holdings. It was in 1876 that James Hutto sold 50 acres (200,000 m2) to the Texas Land Company of New York for a town site and railroad right of way. Hutto had become a wealthy cattleman in Williamson County; however, in 1885 he left Hutto and moved to Waco and entered the hardware business. Other early settlers in the area were the Carpenter, Davis, Evans, Farley, Goodwin, Highsmith, Johnson, Magle, Payne, Saul, Weight, Womack and Wright families. Other people living in Hutto during the 1890s included the Armstrongs, the Ahlbergs, M.B. Kennedy, the Hugh Kimbro family, William McCutcheon, Green Randolph, J.B. Ross and the Tisdales. Soon a great many more people, primarily Swedish and German immigrants, came to this area to farm and ranch and begin their new lives in America.

According to local legend it was in 1915 that a circus train stopped in Hutto Texas at the depot to take on passengers, pick up and deliver mail and possibly take on water and fuel for the steam locomotive. The circus train workers also would have taken this opportunity to care for their animals. At some point during this historic layover a hippopotamus got out of the railcar and made its way to the nearby Cottonwood Creek which is next to the rail line. This caused much consternation for the circus workers. Local farmers and merchants watched the commotion in amusement and with interest as unsuccessful efforts were made to extricate the hippopotamus from the muddy waters of Cottonwood Creek. It is said that the Depot Agent, who at that time would have been Hal Farley, Jr., telegraphed the communities of Taylor and Round Rock that were eight miles (13 km) to the east and west of Hutto to the effect of: “STOP TRAINS, HIPPO LOOSE IN HUTTO”. After much effort the hippo was prodded from the mud and water that resembled its natural habitat and was reloaded back onto the train car. Soon afterward the Hutto School adopted the hippopotamus as its mascot and as early as 1923 the hippo appeared on official Hutto High School graduation announcements.

There are several alternate stories about the beginnings of the unique Hutto mascot. According to one the big Swedish and German boys of Hutto were playing their smaller foes in football and the visiting coach exclaimed, “We can’t beat those boys, they’re big as hippos!” Another story, also based on gridiron lore, is that the Hutto football team in the early twenties had no real jerseys and used feed sacks as their uniforms. The opposing coach allegedly said that the football team looked like a bunch of hippos in their makeshift outfits.[7]


  1. ^ a b c US Census Bureau State and County QuickFacts
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Population Info and Growth
  6. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ How the Hippo came to Hutto Texas

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