Manor, Texas

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Manor, Texas
Manor City Hall
Manor City Hall
Location of Manor, Texas
Location of Manor, Texas
Coordinates: 30°20′35″N 97°33′24″W / 30.34306°N 97.55667°W / 30.34306; -97.55667Coordinates: 30°20′35″N 97°33′24″W / 30.34306°N 97.55667°W / 30.34306; -97.55667
CountryUnited States
 • MayorDr. Christopher Harvey
 • City ManagerScott Dunlop
 • Total9.83 sq mi (25.45 km2)
 • Land9.80 sq mi (25.39 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
531 ft (162 m)
 • Total13,652
 • Density1,393.06/sq mi (537.86/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)512 & 737
FIPS code48-46440[3]
GNIS feature ID1340895[4]
WebsiteOfficial Website

Manor (/ˈmnər/ MAY-nər) is a city in Travis County, Texas, United States. Manor is located 12 miles northeast of Austin and is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 13,652 at the 2020 census. Manor is one of the faster-growing suburbs of Austin.[5] Ranked the 7th fastest growing suburb in America in 2018 and in 2019, 20th best small suburb in America to live in.


Manor is located along US Hwy. 290[6] at 30°20′35″N 97°33′24″W / 30.343071°N 97.556710°W / 30.343071; -97.556710 (30.343071, –97.556710),[7] 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Austin.[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.35 square miles (18.48 km2), all of it land.

Economy and transportation[edit]

In 2006, the first parts of a central Texas tollway system opened,[9] which included State Highway 130, State Highway 45, and State Route 212. These roads increased accessibility to Manor.[6] A Walmart was built on the east side of town near the junction of U.S. Highway 290 and FM 973.[10] Manor Medical Center broke ground in 2013.[11]

Manor has also been the location for a number of movies, notably What's Eating Gilbert Grape starring Johnny Depp. The story centered on a developmentally disabled boy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who regularly disrupted the town's tranquility by climbing Manor's old water tower. The tank, although no longer used, remains a landmark in the downtown district.

Manor was initially considered as the site for a new international airport to replace the overcrowded Robert Mueller Municipal Airport; however, several environmental lawsuits were brought by the Sierra Club and others, slowing development until an alternative was presented by the closing of Bergstrom Air Force Base further south. This facility was rebuilt into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport which opened in 1999.


The Manor Independent School District serves most of the City of Manor.[12] President Obama visited Manor New Technology High School in 2013[13]

A part lies within the Elgin Independent School District.[14]


The City of Manor was the first government agency in the United States to deploy a QR Code program to disseminate information to residents and tourists. There are currently 24 fixed mounted QR Code signs placed throughout Manor on various city landmarks and structures. Manor has agreements with more than a dozen other small companies for various high-tech services.[15]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Manor area offers abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Jennie Lane Park in downtown Manor is the center of most community-oriented events such as the Manor Farmers Market, Summertime Movie Series, and Christmas in the Park. The park is a "Smart Park" with WiFi access and coded signage accessible by smartphones for retrieving historical and other information. The park consists of a gazebo, pavilion, and outdoor exercise equipment provided by a grant from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department's Steps to a Healthier Austin Program.

East Metro Park is a multiple-use recreational area with ball fields, soccer fields, basketball court, playscapes, hiking trails, stock ponds, and both free and fee reserved pavilions. The park also includes a swimming pool managed by the YMCA of Austin and is five minutes southeast of Manor.

Wildhorse Creek & ShadowGlen & Stonewater subdivisions include parks, playscapes, and multi-use fields. ShadowGlen amenities include a 4-acre (16,000 m2) water park and junior Olympic-size pool. Adjacent to ShadowGlen subdivision is one of Golf Digest's America's Best New Courses of 2004.[16]


Manor was named for James B. Manor who settled on Gilleland Creek west of present-day downtown Manor.

A school for boys began operation northwest of the present Manor High School complex in 1854 and was followed in 1858 by a school for girls near the present Manor Elementary School. A post office was reestablished in the Manor home in 1859 under the name of Grassdale with James Manor serving as Post Master. A mercantile store was built in 1868 the present cemetery and was followed by a second store in 1869.

In late 1871 as the Houston and Texas Central Railway constructed the first railroad link to the Texas capital James Manor made a donation of right-of-way which brought the line through what is now the town. The inaugural train arrived in Austin on Christmas Day 1871. The following year the community of Manor was laid out and named. It was incorporated as a town in March 1913 and converted to a general law city in 1921 with expectations of continued growth. Following two devastating fires that destroyed most of the business district, coupled with the decline of cotton production after the arrival of the boll weevil, Manor remained a small city throughout most of the twentieth century.

In 2013 Rita Johnse was elected mayor as the first female Hispanic. In 2019 Dr. Larry Wallace Jr. was elected as the first African-American mayor.[17]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[18]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 5,204 people, 405 households, and 289 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,051.7 people per square mile (407.8/km2). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 380.8/sq mi (147.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.16% White, 16.94% African American, 1.50% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 25.66% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.75% of the population.

There were 405 households, out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.54.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $40,455. Males had a median income of $32,857 versus $22,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,607. About 8.9% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture[edit]


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  2. ^ "QuickFacts Manor city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  6. ^ a b Economic tide rises in Manor - Austin Business Journal
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Manor – Travis : Alpha List & Contact Directory : Community Profiles : Site Selection : The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce". Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  9. ^ "Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative - Riding the growth wave". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  10. ^ "Walmart creating 400 new jobs in Central Texas". statesman. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  11. ^ Ground Breaking News-Manor Medical Center | The Blackland Reporter Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
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  13. ^ "Obama visit another boost for touted school". mystatesman. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  14. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Travis County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  15. ^ "Why the High-Tech Industry Loves Manor, Texas". 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  16. ^ The Complete History Of Best New Courses : Golf Digest Archived 2014-01-15 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ first African American Mayor
  18. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  19. ^ What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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