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Hays County, Texas

Hays County is located in the hilly western part of the state and is bisected by the Blanco River on the edge of Balcones Escarpment. Local economy consists of education, tourism, retirement area, some manufacturing and is part of Austin metro area.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $3M
Lowest Price $350K
Highest Price $22M
Total Listings 260
Avg. Days On Market 98
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.6K

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Where is Hays County?

  • Hays County is located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. Hays County is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, its official population had reached 157,107. The county seat is San Marcos. Hays, along with Comal and Kendall Counties, was listed in 2017 as one of the nation's fastest-growing large counties with a population of at least 10,000.

Sites and Attractions located in Hays County

  • Hays County offers numerous attractions such as Jacobs Well. From the opening in the creek bed, Jacob's Well cave descends vertically for about 30 feet, then continues downward at an angle through a series of silted chambers separated by narrow restrictions, finally reaching an average depth of 120 feet.
  • Hays County also offers access to the Blue Hole Regional Park. The park includes approximately 4.5 miles of trails, picnic areas, a community pavilion, playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court, amphitheater, and the Blue Hole Swimming Area.  The entire park is open to visitors within the regular operating hours, however, swimming is only allowed during the designated swimming season.
  • Local win tours are also a very popular attraction to Hays county. There are over 20 different wineries located all over the county. 

Farming and Ranching in Hays County

  • The growing of grains and cotton are extremely common for farmers in Hays County. The local wineries in the area also provide a boost for the local economy. 
  • Cattle ranching is the most common practice of ranching in Hays county. Sheep and goat farming ranks second for the county. 

History of Hays County

  • Hays County has been inhabited for thousands of years. Evidence of Paleo-Indians found in the region goes as far back as 6000 BC. Archeological evidence of native agriculture goes back to 1200 AD. Hays County was not founded until 1848. On March 1, 1848, the legislature formed Hays County from Travis County. The county is named for Tennessee native Captain John Coffee Hays of the Texas Rangers. San Marcos was named as the county seat.

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Education in Hays County

  • School districts in Hays County include the San Marcos Consolidated, Dripping Springs Independent, Wimberley Independent, and Hays Consolidated Independent school districts. As of 2020, the county has six high schools, 10 middle schools, and 24 elementary schools. Higher education in Hays County includes one four-year institution, Texas State University, in San Marcos. Austin Community College operates three distance-learning centers that offer basic and early college start classes, along with testing centers for online classes.


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