Cibolo, Texas

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Cibolo, Texas
Cibolo City Hall
Cibolo City Hall
Location of Cibolo in Guadalupe County, Texas
Location of Cibolo in Guadalupe County, Texas
Coordinates: 29°34′2″N 98°14′6″W / 29.56722°N 98.23500°W / 29.56722; -98.23500Coordinates: 29°34′2″N 98°14′6″W / 29.56722°N 98.23500°W / 29.56722; -98.23500
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
CountiesGuadalupe, Bexar
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilStosh Boyle (mayor)
Jennifer Schultes
Verlin "Doug" Garrett
Brian Byrd
Ted Gibbs (mayor pro tem)
Mark Allen
Tim Woliver
Joel Hicks
 • City ManagerRobert T. Herrera
 • Total6.58 sq mi (17.03 km2)
 • Land6.57 sq mi (17.02 km2)
 • Water0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)
699 ft (213 m)
 • Total19,580
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,448/sq mi (1,717.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)210, 726 (planned)
FIPS code48-14920[1]
GNIS feature ID1332832[2]

Cibolo is a city in Guadalupe and Bexar counties, Texas, United States. It is part of the San Antonio–New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cibolo voted to become an independent township on October 9, 1965. As of the 2010 census, Cibolo had a population of 15,349,[3] up from 3,035 at the 2000 census.[4] In 2018, the estimated population was 30,563.[5]


Cibolo voted to become an independent township on October 9, 1965; the “City Fathers” were Mayor M.O. Grooms, Councilman Carl Biser, Councilman Ted Dykes, Councilman Alwin Lieck, Councilman Fred Niemietz and Councilman D.O. Trotti. However, the City of Cibolo’s history begins long before this historic date.

Before the first European settlers arrived, the Comanche as well as several other Native American tribes lived in Cibolo. The name Cibolo means "buffalo".[6] Perhaps "cibolo" was a name given to the bison by the Spaniards when they saw in large numbers during an expedition in search of a mythical town called Cibola. The community first established when the Southern Pacific Railroad cut through the area en route to major cities like Houston and San Antonio. Over time, Cibolo developed into the suburb it is today.[7][8]

The old commercial district on Main Street.

In 1867, George Schlather built a store on land purchased by his father Jacob. In 1882, the Schlathers sold the store to Charles Fromme, who renamed it Fromme's Store. The community also became known by this name. In 1877, the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway station serving the area was called Cibolo Valley. In 1883, the US Post Office opened a branch in the town and called it Cibolo. By 1890, the population was 100 people.[9]

Beginning in the 21st century, Cibolo has experienced high levels of growth, increasing 733 percent since 2000, when the population was 3,035 people. Between 2000 and 2010, the population increased 545 percent to 19,580 people. As Cibolo has grown, its share of the county population has also increased. In 2000, Cibolo accounted for only 3.4 percent of Guadalupe County’s population. However, between 2000 and 2010 Cibolo captured 38.9 percent of the county’s growth, and its share of the population increased to 14.9 percent. Between 2010 and 2013, Cibolo acquired 22.3 percent of the growth in Guadalupe County, and today Cibolo accounts for 17 percent of the county’s population.[10]


Cibolo is in western Guadalupe County, on the north side of Cibolo Creek. A small portion of the city, south of West Schaefer Road, crosses a bend of Cibolo Creek to enter Bexar County.[11] Santa Clara and Marion border Cibolo to the east. New Berlin, Zuehl, and St. Hedwig border Cibolo to the south. Schertz borders Cibolo to the north and west. The city of New Braunfels is 14 miles (23 km) to the northeast, and downtown San Antonio is 21 miles (34 km) to the southwest.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cibolo has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.07%, is water.[3]



  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is about an hour away via I-35.
  • San Antonio International Airport is 30 minutes away via I-35 and I-410.

Major thoroughfares[edit]

  • I-35.svg Interstate 35, Duluth-Des Moines-Kansas City-Wichita-Oklahoma City-DFW Metroplex-Austin-Cibolo-San Antonio-Laredo.
  • I-10.svg Interstate 10, Jacksonville-Houston-Cibolo-San Antonio-Fort Stockton-El Paso-Los Angeles
  • FM 78, Kirby-I 35-Randolph AFB-Cibolo-Marion-McQueeney-Seguin.
  • FM 1103, Cibolo.
  • The proposed Cibolo Parkway[12] as an extension of FM 1103. The Parkway will create a direct route from I-35 to I-10.

Cibolo Parkway (Proposed)[edit]

In 2006, the City of Cibolo incorporated mobility needs into the Cibolo Future Land Use Map, Future Thoroughfare Plan, and Capital Improvement Plan.[13]

In 2007, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) completed a study for a possible FM 1103 extension in Cibolo south to I-10. However, TxDOT determined that right-of-way acquisition issues and funding precluded such an extension for the foreseeable future.[13][14] The biggest hurdles included crossing floodplains and an overpass over both FM78 and the Union Pacific Railroad.

In 2015, with explosive development in the FM 1103 area continuing, the Cibolo City Council stated they wanted to investigate options to build the extension and it formed a blue-ribbon committee of citizens to study the matter. In 2016, the committee recommended a private-public partnership to develop the road as a tollway.

In 2017, the Cibolo City Council approved an agreement with the Texas Turnpike Corporation (TTC) to move forward with the project. As of early 2018, the TTC is still conducting its feasibility study for the road to see if it is a viable project for them. In the agreement, the City of Cibolo would own the road, while TTC would fiance the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the estimated $125 million and roughly 11 mile roadway. In exchange, TTC would collect tolls from roadway users for 50 years.[15] At one point TTC projected the toll rate to be $0.20 a mile, with exemption for city owned vehicles.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201830,563[5]99.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,035 people, 1,092 households, and 848 families residing in the city. The population density was 569.5 people per square mile (219.9/km²). There were 1,176 housing units at an average density of 220.7/sq mi (85.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.09% White, 6.16% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.35% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 8.11% from other races, and 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.01% of the population.

There were 1,092 households out of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% 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 3.19.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,780, and the median income for a family was $65,545. Males had a median income of $42,557 versus $26,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,988. About 4.8% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.

By the mid-2010s, Cibolo was one of the fastest growing small cities in the United States,[17] experiencing a nearly 900% increase in population since 2000 and growing from 3,000 to the current estimate of about 30,000 residents. Actual figures are disputed, however, due to such a huge explosion of population in such a short period of time. This has caused problems in the city, due to such unanticipated growth making developments difficult to keep up with the rapidly increasing population, poor suburban planning for expansion, and a limited amount of land.

Population over time[edit]

  • 1970 Census - 440[10]
  • 1980 Census - 549 [10]
  • 1990 Census - 1,757 [10]
  • 2000 Census - 3,035[4]
  • 2010 Census - 15,349[18]
  • 2013 Estimate - 20,564[10]
  • 2014 Estimate - 25,280 [10]
  • 2015 Estimate - 26,637[18]
  • 2016 Estimate - 27,855[18]
  • 2017 Estimate - 29,249[19]

City logo and slogan[edit]

In 2009 the city of Cibolo introduced a new logo and a new slogan, "City of Choice".


The City of Cibolo is a "home rule" city. Cibolo voters adopted its initial "home rule" charter in 2005. Cibolo residents have voted to amend the Charter two times since 2005:

  • November 2013, voters approved 28 of 29 propositions presented.
  • November 2018, voters approved 15 of 15 propositions presented.[20]

The City of Cibolo is a Council-Manager type government. The City has a mayor and seven council members elected for three year terms, with a two term maximum. The seven council members currently are elected by and represent individual districts. Council members' duties include enacting local legislation (ordinances), adopting budgets, determining policies, and appointing the City Manager, Secretary and Attorney.

The City of Cibolo is also a member of the Alamo Area Council of Governments.

Mayors past and present[edit]

Under General Law

  • M.O. Grooms (1965 - 1969)
  • Fritz Schlather (1969 - ?)
  • William “Bill” Little (1983 - 1987)
  • Charles Ruppert (2001 - 2005)

Under Home Law

  • Jennifer Hartman (2008 - 2013)
  • Lisa Jackson (2013 - 2015)
    • Jay Hogue (Oct -Nov 2015) - Mayor Pro Tem; assumed role of mayor when Mayor Lisa Jackson relieved herself of her duties
  • Eric Allen Dunn (2015 - 2017)
  • Stosh Boyle (2017–Present)

Arts, culture, community activities, and programs[edit]

  • City Secretary office organized
    • CiboloFest - Annual celebration of all things Cibolo. Originally held at Niemetz Park, it is now held in the City Hall parking lot. It is typically held in October which coincides with the anniversary of Cibolo becoming an independent city.
    • Christmas Parade
    • Easter Egg Hunt
    • Shred Days
  • Parks and Community Advisory Committee organized
    • (*Since the City Council disbanded/reorganized the City's Parks and Recreation Committee in 2016, these activities shrank in size, prominence, and/or existence)
    • Memorial Day ceremony
    • * Kickball tournament
    • * Food Truck Round-Up
    • * Regional disc golf tournament
    • Veteran's Day Ceremony (Inaugural ceremony in 2018)
  • Other city-hosted activities
    • Annual "Guns n Hoses" charity basketball game between the Cibolo Police Department and Cibolo Fire Department held at Steele High School. (Started in 2017)
    • Cibolo Summer Nights (Youth program for area children on summer Friday nights the City Sports Complex—Started by Mayor Stosh Boyle in 2018 and the Cibolo Youth Alliance - a partnership of businesses and citizens)
  • Non-city-sponsored community activities
    • Miss Cibolo Scholarship Pageant is held to select the city's ambassadors to area parades and festivals (Started in 2012 - co-founded by future council woman Jennifer Schultes)
    • Cibolo BBQ Cook-Off (Started around 2014 by future councilman Jay Hogue and citizen-activist Stephanie Caplan)


Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (SCUCISD) serves Cibolo students and families.

High schools[edit]

The high schools cover grades 9-12.

Junior high schools[edit]

The junior high schools cover grades 7-8.

Intermediate schools[edit]

The intermediate schools cover grades 5-6.

Elementary schools[edit]

The elementary schools cover grades K-4, as well as preschool.

  • Cibolo Valley Elementary (Cibolo)
  • Green Valley Elementary (Schertz)
  • Maxine & Lutrell Watts Elementary (Cibolo)
  • Norma J. Paschal Elementary (Schertz)
  • O.G. Wiederstein Elementary[23] (Cibolo)
  • Rose Garden Elementary (Schertz)
    • As of August 2018, the former Rose Garden Elementary (Universal City) will close down.
  • Schertz Elementary (Schertz)
  • John A. Sippel Elementary (Schertz)

Subdivisions / HOAs[edit]

A list of current subdivisions, year started, and which major roads are used to access them:[24]

  • Bentwood Ranch (2004) (Cibolo Valley Drive - Borgfeld - Town Creek Rd - Bentwood Ranch Drive)
  • Falcon Ridge (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive - Thistle Creek Drive)
  • Deer Creek (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive - FM 3009)
  • Estates at Deer Creek (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Braewood (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Springtree (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Willow Pointe (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Woodstone (Unknown Year) (Dietz)
  • Thistle Creek (Unknown Year) (Thistle Creek Dr - Dietz)
  • Lantana (Unknown Year) (Old Wiedertein Rd / Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Turning Stone (Unknown Year) (FM 1103)
  • Mesa at Turning Stone (Unknown Year) (FM 1103)
  • Gatewood (Unknown Year) (FM 1103)
  • Charleston Parke (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Cibolo Valley Ranch (Unknown Year) (FM 1103)
  • Cibolo Vistas (Unknown Year) (FM 1103)
  • Heights of Cibolo (Unknown Year) (FM 1103 - Green Valley Rd)
  • Saratoga (2016) (Green Valley Road)
  • Landmark Pointe (Unknown Year) (Green Valley Road)
  • Saddle Creek Ranch (Unknown Year) (FM 1103)
  • Buffalo Crossing (FM 1103 - Wiedner Road)
  • Town Creek South (Unknown Year) (Town Creek)
  • Town Creek Village (Unknown Year) (FM1103)
  • Town Creek West (Unknown Year) (Town Creek)
  • Cher-ron (Unknown Year) (Green Valley Rd)
  • Cibolo North (Unknown Year) (N. Main Street - FM1103)
  • Cibolo Tolle (Unknown Year) (Tolle Rd)
  • Cibolo Village (Unknown Year) (FM1103)
  • Dobie Heights (Unknown Year) (W. Borgfeld Rd)
  • Falcon Crest Estates (Unknown Year) (FM78)
  • Five Leaf Park (Unknown Year) (N. Main Street)
  • Four Leaf Park (Unknown Year) (FM78 - Loop 539 - Pfeil Rd)
  • Green Valley Park (Unknown Year) (Haeckerville Rd)
  • Royal Oak Acres (Unknown Year) (Green Valley Loop)
  • Six Leaf Park (Unknown Year) (N. Main Street)
  • Stonebrook (Unknown Year) (FM1103)
  • Enclave at Riata Oaks (Unknown Year) (Town Creek Rd)
  • Estates at Riata Oaks (Unknown Year) (Town Creek Rd)
  • Ridge at Deer Creek (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Val's Mobile Home Park (Unknown Year) (Country Lane - FM 78)
  • Wiederstein (Unknown Year) (Old Wiederstein Rd)
  • Williams Ranch (Unknown Year) (Green Valley Rd)
  • Willowbridge (Unknown Year) (Cibolo Valley Drive)
  • Foxbrook (2016) (FM 1103)
  • Red River (2018) (FM 78 - S. Main)
  • Venado Crossing (TBD) (FM 78)
  • Steele Creek (2018) (FM1103 - Tolle Rd)

City level awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2017
    • Niche: One of the Top Texas Suburbs (2017)[25]
    • Safewise: #13 of 50 top safest cities in Texas (2017)[26]
    • (The National Council for Home Safety and Security): #23 top safest cities in Texas for (2017)[27]
    • #9 Best Places for Young Families in Texas (2017)[28]
    • Elite Personal Finance: Safest Places to Live in Texas (2017)[29]
  • 2018
    • (The National Council for Home Safety and Security): #17 top safest cities in Texas for (2018)[30]
    • Niche[31]
National Texas Guadalupe County
# 654 of 4,876 Best Suburbs to Buy a House in America # 1 of 5 Best Suburbs to Buy a House in Guadalupe County
# 1 of 5 Suburbs with the Best Public Schools in Guadalupe County
# 1 of 5 Best Suburbs to Live in Guadalupe County
# 1,573 of 15,715 Best Places to Buy a House in America # 158 of 970 Best Places to Buy a House in Texas
# 1,652 of 12,622 Places with the Best Public Schools in America # 103 of 696 Places with the Best Public Schools in Texas # 1 of 5 Places with the Best Public Schools in Guadalupe County
# 2,040 of 9,871 Safest Places to Live in America # 88 of 789 Safest Places to Live in Texas
# 2,552 of 15,735 Best Places to Raise a Family in America # 176 of 971 Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas
# 2,606 of 15,359 Most Diverse Places to Live in America
# 2,855 of 15,750 Best Places to Live in America # 1 of 5 Best Places to Live in Guadalupe County

Notable people[edit]


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