Kyle is a southern suburb of Austin, Texas, though Buda is closer. San Leanna is between Buda, Texas and Austin. The small town of Wimberley is west of the city off RM 150. Lockhart sits to the southeast.
The town was established in 1880 by Fergus Kyle and David E. Moore. It is named for the former. The town was built around the International-Great Northern Railroad. This history has been captured in the Kyle Railroad Depot and Heritage Center. It has a restored railroad station and train cars.
The city was formerly incorporated in 1928. The daughter of the founder was elected mayor in 1937, and several female city council members were elected shortly thereafter. The city became the only Texas town with an all-woman government during the early 1940s. The city promotes itself as the pie capital of Texas. The city holds the Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival every Labor Day weekend.
It is located in Hays County. It is growing more slowly than some of Austin’s northern suburbs, but it is expanding. It was home to five thousand people in 2000. In 2010, it was home to nearly 30,000 people. In 2020, it was nearly 40,000. The city now covers thirty square miles. Almost all of that is land.
San Antonio is 58 miles to the northeast, and downtown Austin is 21 miles northeast. Both can be reached via I-35 which passes through town. You’ll hit New Braunfels before you reach San Antonio. It may be most famous for being the home of Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels.
The Blanco River passes through the city, as well. This is a tributary of the San Marcos River. San Marcos is south of Kyle, Texas. The Plum Creek Golf Club and Bunton Branch of the San Marcos River are at the north end of town. Lake Kyle Park is inside of the city limits. It is the home of Lake Kyle. Fishing is allowed if you do catch and release. Steeplechase Park is smaller, but it has a dog park. The city has a polo club, the County Line Polo Club.
The average age of residents is 32. This is several years below the state average. This is because 37 percent of residents are below the age of 18. Many families have moved here simply to be able to afford a home. The average home in Kyle is 304,000 dollars. This is 150,000 dollars less than what you’d pay for a comparable property in Austin. Roughly two thirds of residents own their home.
The city is served by the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. The county-wide school district also serves towns like Buda. A Hays County campus of Austin Community College District opened here in 2014. Residents are a roughly fifteen minute drive from the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. Residents often drive to the San Marcos Premium Outlets shopping center.
Kyle has surprisingly good public transit. This isn’t just because Interstate 35 passes through the town; the SH 45 toll road, State Highway 21, State Highway 123, Farm to Market Road 150 and FM 1626 also pass through the city. The MoPAC rail line stops in downtown Kyle. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 25 miles northeast of the town. San Marcos Regional Airport is ten miles south of the city. And there is an Amtrak stop ten miles south of the city. That is located within the San Marcos city limits.
The city of Kyle is the home of the first private prison for the TDCJ. Called the Kyle Unit, it is the second largest employer in the city after the school district. The largest employer is the Hays County school district. The third largest employer is Seton Medical Center Hays. The fourth largest employer in the city is the H-E-B grocery store chain. Amazon has opened a distribution hub in the Kyle Crossing Business Park.
Niche.com named the city the fifth best place to live in Hays County. The city was given a B plus as a whole. The public schools were given a B minus. Housing costs were a B. It got a C plus for crime, though this value is skewed by instances at the prison. The city received a B for good for families.