Buda, TX – Hays County

Population 10,209 // Official Website // Schools

Buda is located 17 miles south of downtown Austin in northeastern Hays County. Established in 1881, the area was originally part of a Mexican land grant and had been donated for a town site. The town’s name of Buda was adopted in 1887. It is believed that the name derives from the Spanish word “viuda” meaning “widow”, possibly in reference to two widows who cooked at the Carrington Hotel, a popular stop for rail travelers, during that time period.

Buda’s economy was based on supplying provisions to area dairy farms and ranches, as well as mills, hotels, banks, lumberyard, a cheese factory, and press. The town thrived until the Great Depression, when the population dropped to half of its 600 residents. The town of Buda was incorporated in 1948 and by the 1980’s, with Austin’s substantial growth, Buda finally regained the population levels it had in the 1920’s. With some industry, the town is predominantly rural residential. Its Main Street still retains its “olde time” atmosphere, with antique shopping and original buildings.

Buda describes itself as “a friendly city with small town charm and big plans for the future that are equal parts pragmatic and idyllic.” The city still strives today to preserve their historic flavor, calm lifestyle, and family-oriented values. Residents enjoy close proximity to Austin, quality schools, hundreds of acres of parkland, beautiful open spaces, and festivals throughout the year.

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