Bulverde, Texas

Coordinates: 29°44′55″N 98°24′48″W / 29.74861°N 98.41333°W / 29.74861; -98.41333
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Bulverde, Texas
City Hall
City Hall
"Front Porch of the Texas Hill Country"
Location of Bulverde, Texas
Location of Bulverde, Texas
Coordinates: 29°44′55″N 98°24′48″W / 29.74861°N 98.41333°W / 29.74861; -98.41333
CountryUnited States
 • Total15.83 sq mi (41.01 km2)
 • Land15.82 sq mi (40.97 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,093 ft (333 m)
 • Total5,692
 • Density335.06/sq mi (129.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code830
FIPS code48-11224[2]
GNIS feature ID1378070[3]

Bulverde (/bʊlˈvɜːrdi/ buul-VUR-dee) is a city in Comal County, Texas, United States. Bulverde is known for its [4] small-town, slow pace of life, coupled with the German emigrant history of the town's founders. Bulverde was originally named Piepers Settlement after a prominent German pioneer.[5] Its population was 5,692 at the 2020 census,[6] up from 4,630 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio metropolitan statistical area.


Bulverde is located in western Comal County at 29°44′55″N 98°24′48″W / 29.748486°N 98.413238°W / 29.748486; -98.413238,[7] about 26 miles (42 km) north of downtown San Antonio. U.S. Route 281 passes through the east side of Bulverde, leading south to San Antonio and north 25 miles (40 km) to Blanco. Cibolo Creek, which forms the Comal County/Bexar County line, runs just south of Bulverde.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25.2 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.09%, is covered by water.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Bulverde racial composition as of 2020[9]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 4,045 71.06%
Black or African American (NH) 45 0.79%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 16 0.28%
Asian (NH) 43 0.76%
Pacific Islander (NH) 4 0.07%
Some Other Race (NH) 28 0.49%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 215 3.78%
Hispanic or Latino 1,296 22.77%
Total 5,692

As of the 2020 United States census, 5,692 people, 1,885 households, and 1,534 families were residing in the city.

As of the census[2] of 2000, 3,761 people, 1,292 households, and 1,131 families were residing in the city. The population density was 495.7 inhabitants per square mile (191.4/km2). The 1,349 housing units had an average density of 177.8 per square mile (68.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.32% White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 1.81% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 10.95% of the population.

Of the 1,292 households, 41.6% had children under 18 living with them, 79.6% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.4% were not families; 10.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the age distribution was 28.3% under 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $67,055, and for a family was $68,019. Males had a median income of $49,245 versus $30,717 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,887. About 1.5% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under 18 or 65 or over.


Bulverde's first people were Native Americans. A type of arrowhead known as the Bulverde Point is named after the style of arrowhead made by Native Americans who lived in the area during the period 2,500 to 600 BCE.[12]

Sometimes called the "Front Porch of the Texas Hill Country", Bulverde was settled in 1850 and called Pieper Settlement after Anton Pieper. It was mainly settled by German immigrants similar to nearby New Braunfels. For many years, the closest post office was at Smithson Valley, and mail was delivered once a week to the house of Carl Koch in Bulverde. A local post office that operated from 1879 to 1919 was named for Luciano Bulverdo, an early area landowner.[13]

Between 1996 and 1999, five separate municipalities were incorporated and combined in the Bulverde area to form the current City of Bulverde. This process required 22 separate elections.[14] In May 2015, the people of Bulverde voted to adopt a home-rule charter to have more control over development.[15][16]


Bulverde is served by the Comal Independent School District.[17]

Throughout the 1980s and as of 2021, the children of Bulverde fed into Smithson Valley High School. The sports teams from the high school regularly advanced to compete at state championship levels.[citation needed]

Zoned schools:

  • Rahe Bulverde, Johnson Ranch, Arlon Seay, and Bill Brown elementary schools[18]
  • Most residents are in the Spring Branch Middle School zone, while some are in the Smithson Valley middle zone[19]
  • Smithson Valley High School[20]

Private schools in the city include Living Rock Academy and Bracken Christian School.

Notable people[edit]


  • Futurex, an information technology company founded in 1981.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification, Bulverde has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.[25]


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  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Politics & Voting in Bulverde, Texas". Bestplaces.net. March 26, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  5. ^ "Bulverde: The Texas Hill Country's Beautiful Front Porch". January 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Bulverde city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  10. ^ http://www.census.gov[not specific enough to verify]
  11. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  12. ^ "Arrowhead Point Type Glossary". arrowheads.com. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "Bulverde, TX". The Handbook of Texas. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  14. ^ "History of Bulverde". Sunrise 2025 Plan. City of Bulverde. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "Municipal Election Results". City of Bulverde. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "City Charter". City of Bulverde. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  17. ^ "City Limits and ETJ." City of Bulverde. Retrieved on August 27, 2016. Zoning map.
  18. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Zones" (Archive). Comal Independent School District. Retrieved on August 28, 2016. Zones: Rahe Bulverde (Archive), Johnson Ranch (Archive), Arlon Seay (Archive), Bill Brown (Archive)
  19. ^ "Middle School Attendance Zones" (Archive). Comal Independent School District. Retrieved on August 28, 2016. Spring Branch Middle zone (Archive); Smithson Valley Middle zone (Archive)
  20. ^ "High School Attendance Zones" (Archive). Comal Independent School District. Retrieved on August 28, 2016. Smithson Valley HS zone (Archive)
  21. ^ Jones, Meg. "Donald H. Balch Brigadier General, United States Air Force". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  22. ^ "Army's Mr. Inside, Doc Blanchard, Dies At 84". NCAA. November 29, 2010. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  23. ^ Cardinals sign catcher Jason LaRue retrieved 2018-04-06.
  24. ^ "Nathan Macias' Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  25. ^ Climate Summary for Bulverde, Texas
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[10][11]

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