Buda Featured Relocation Guide

The Ultimate Buda Relocation Guide

Buda is a friendly city with small town charm and big plans for the future that are equal parts pragmatic and idyllic. Steeped in area history, Buda holds fast to the values and rich potential that made it a choice location for the first settlers of the 1880s. The same qualities that made the city attractive in the past hold true today.

REGIONAL INFORMATION

Buda lies off the beaten path just a short jaunt south of Austin. Strategically located along IH-35 and SH-45.

EDUCATION

Hays CISD
HCISD, which covers Buda and Kyle, was the fourth-fastest growing district in Texas in terms of home starts and closings over a 12-month period from 2012 to 2013, according to Deputy Superintendent Carter Scherff. Only Leander, Round Rock and Austin independent school districts had higher numbers, he said. “We are generally among the five fastest-growing districts in the state,” Scherff said. “That type of growth has been normal.” Even during the recession growth did not wane, as the district grew at an average rate of 607 students per year, he said. As of January 2014, total enrollment, according to Scherff, is about 800 students higher than it was in late January 2013. “We are continuing to grow quite rapidly,” he said. “The housing growth is a reflection of that.”

Located in North Central Hays County, the Hays Consolidated Independent School District serves over 221 square miles. The district’s 22 campuses are located throughout the Buda and Kyle communities, drawing nearly 16,000 students. Two 4-year high schools, five middle schools (6-8 grades), 13 elementary schools, an alternative high school of choice and disciplinary campus comprise the district’s campuses.

The district features a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center; a dual-language magnet program at two elementary campuses; a science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) magnet program at two elementary schools; Project Lead the Way designation at both of the comprehensive high schools’ and music, art, library, and PE included in the weekly rotation at the elementary level. Award-winning music, theater and athletic programs are part of the student offerings at Lehman High School and Hays High School as part of a rigorous general curriculum. Lehman High School features a culinary program and a Navy JROTC program. Hays High School features a national renowned debate team and a Marine JROTC program.

Private Schools
Private Schools available to students in Buda include Santa Cruz Catholic School, San Marcos Academy, Hill Country Christian School and The Wonderland School.

LIVING HERE

Buda is projected to experience unprecedented residential and commercial growth over the next decade. A relaxed lifestyle, friendly residents and a thriving business community make this small town stand out. Stroll along historic Main Street, have a picnic at the Buda Park and Pavilion or thrill the sportsman in the family with a trip to Cabela’s. There’s plenty to do and see while in Buda.

In 2013 home sales totaled 546 in Buda and 739 in Kyle, up 34 and 30 percent, respectively, from the previous year.The two Austin suburbs have experienced population booms in recent years, and recent housing statistics indicate that growth is here to stay. Buda’s unique character has spurred increased residential development, with the population growing by over 205% from 2000 to 2010.

The Great Outdoors
The State of Texas Legislature dubbed Buda as the “Outdoor Capital of Texas,” because they have more parkland per capita than any other city in Texas, 29.6 miles per capita to be exact. The City of Buda is dedicated to quality of life for their residents and to providing a scenic destination for their visitors. Buda has miles of hike and bike trails throughout the City, water sources for fishing and many acres of untouched land; perfect for those whose hobbies includes hiking boots, a bike, a fishing pole or even a camera.

Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skate Park
Buda opened its skate park in December 2013 and is a true community treasure. The park was named after Jackson Tyler Norris, an avid skate who died at the age of 15 in 2011. Jackson saved seven lives with his organ donation, including his heart, which memorialized in the concrete. He also helped countless others with his blood and tissue donation. Skaters of all skill levels can enjoy a challenge at this park with a half pipe, ramps, bank gaps, stairs with rails and grind benches, rails and ledges.

DOWNTOWN BUDA

Downtown Buda is a short six blocks of preserved history packed with shopping, dining and evening entertainment. Downtown Buda has anything from home décor to local food to sweet treats and more. It has a unique retail mix that visitors will love and want to visit again and again. Downtown Buda also hosts First Thursday, a monthly event where downtown businesses are Alive After Five and offering deals to those shopping. World famous festivals and events bring countless visitors to our community each year. Whether it is getting donuts in the morning or having drinks a night, there is always something to do.

Downtown Buda is a short six blocks of preserved history packed with shopping, dining and evening entertainment. Downtown Buda has anything from home décor to local food to sweet treats and more. It has a unique retail mix that visitors will love and want to visit again and again. Downtown Buda also hosts First Thursday, a monthly event where downtown businesses are Alive After Five and offering deals to those shopping. World famous festivals and events bring countless visitors to our community each year. Whether it is getting donuts in the morning or having drinks a night, there is always something to do.

Safe, affordable, wholesome Buda is a city centered on community, an oasis of country calm at the edge of civilization. Whether you’re in Buda for a day or for a lifetime, it’s the kind of place where you’ll always feel at home.

TRANSPORTATION

The FM 1626 Safety Expansion Project will widen the current two lanes of FM 1626 from FM 967 to south of Brodie Lane to a four-lane highway with a continuous left turn lane. The Project is being developed by Hays County in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as part of a Pass-Through Finance arrangement. Construction on the Project is estimated to be completed in Spring of 2014 and will provide a significantly safer facility for the residents and visitors of Hays County.

The FM 1626 Safety Expansion Project will improve safety and mobility in the corridor by widening travel lanes, providing shoulders, separating left turning movements from the through travel lanes. In addition, by improving both the horizontal and vertical alignments of the roadway and typically establishing a 30- foot clear zone, sight distances along the roadway will be improved, increasing the safety of the roadway. Mobility will be improved by adding a travel lane in each direction and separating left turning movements from the travel lanes through the installation of a continuous left turn lane and median.

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

Business can breathe easy in Buda. We are home to several large retailers such as Cabela’s as well as serving the industrial market with Capital City Steel and Centex Materials. With available land and buildings, Buda is seeing an increase new commercial and industrial development.

County Economic Indicators
With increasing home sales and new residential construction comes the need to build schools, add emergency personnel, improve mobility and bring retailers and other conveniences to the cities. Hays County’s unemployment rate dipped significantly in April 2014, dropping to 3.6% from 4.1% in March. The unemployment rate continues to decline while the size of the labor force continues to increase. In April 2013 the unemployment rate in Hays County was 4.9% and there were 90,320 people in the labor force. In the course of the year the labor force has grown by over 950 people, while the unemployment rate has decreased to 3.6%, which indicates that over 1,090 people who were looking for employment in April 2013 were employed by April 2014. A decreasing unemployment rate and an increasing labor force size are indicative of a strong economy where jobs are being created and workers are attracted to the area because of the availability of quality jobs.

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