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Bandera, Texas. Bandera is fifty miles northwest of San Antonio in east central Bandera County. Bandera was named county seat when the county was formed in 1856. The town and county were named for nearby Bandera Pass. The founders formed a partnership in 1853 to build a town and water-powered lumber mill. Three years later Bandera was born.

Despite the age of the prints, if the water is low, dinosaur footprints may be seen in the solid limestone bed of Hondo Creek at the west edge of the highway. Impressions of toes and even claws are evident, through somewhat blurred.

Rancherís pride and originality in creating striking entrances to their property is evident in the ranch gates that edge the highway. Throughout the Hill Country Trail, traveler will often see deer fences--large-mesh wire 8 or 9 feet high. Their purpose may be either to keep deer out of the gardens and orchards, or to contain them within a lease hunting area.

History abounds in the town and the area. The intriguing St. Stanislaus Catholic Church serves a Polish parish that dates from 1855. Nearby Medina Lake is a popular spot for water sports. A feast of magnificent Hill Country scenery unfolds between Bandera and Utopia. These landscapes result from the typical dramatic dissection of the Edwards Plateau into prominent hills and narrow valleys.

In a town that feels true to its Western roots, you can find numerous guest ranches. Trail rides and campfire cookouts are available. Other activities include: swimming, hunting for deer and wild turkey, camping, hiking, and rodeos.

Elementary
Alkek Elementary School
(830) 796-6223
1798 State Highway 173 S
Bandera, TX

Middle
Bandera Middle School
(830) 796-6270
1005 Cherry St
Bandera, TX

High

Bandera High School
(830) 796-6254 Web Site
474 Old San Antonio Hwy
Bandera, TX

Demographics

zip code: 78003

County Average

State Average

National Average

Neighborhood type Small Town
Population 7,537 19,347 22,118,509 290,809,777
Pop. density 36.6 23.1 79.6 79.6
Percent male 50.5% 50.8% 49.6% 49.1%
Percent female 49.5% 49.2% 50.4% 50.9%
Median age 40.9 44.7 34.0 36.5
People per household 2.4 2.5 2.8 2.6
Median household income $33,063 $32,771 $39,927 $41,994
Average income per capita $18,570 $20,060 $19,617 $21,587
 

Crime

Violent crime risk index 2.0 3.2 3.1 3.0
Property crime risk index 3.0 2.6 3.1 3.2
 

Housing

Median home value $122,856 $111,600 $94,300 $170,800
Median age of homes 40.9 14.4 23.4 27.8
Home appreciation 2.4% 2.5% 2.3% 7.7%
Homes - owned 66.2% 58.1% 57.8% 63.4%
Homes - rented 14.8% 15.1% 32.8% 21.7%
Homes - vacant 19.0% 26.8% 9.4% 14.8%
Commuting by bus 0.1% 0.1% 1.9% 2.0%
Commuting by carpool 15.0% 21.8% 14.5% 14.6%
Commuting by auto 76.8% 63.8% 77.8% 71.6%
Working at home 4.9% 12.3% 2.8% 5.6%
 

Family Facts

Currently married 63.4% 67.3% 56.5% 58.3%
Never married 15.6% 14.5% 25.6% 23.8%
Divorced 9.8% 8.4% 9.8% 7.7%
Widowed 9.0% 7.4% 5.7% 7.4%
Separated 2.3% 2.3% 2.5% 2.8%
Married - w/ children 26.0% 22.8% 38.1% 28.5%
Married - no children 33.4% 41.9% 37.9% 31.3%
Single - w/ children 8.0% 5.8% 13.8% 9.3%
Single - no children 32.6% 29.4% 10.2% 30.7%

Education

High school graduates 81.2% 79.5% 75.7% 80.4%
College degree - 2 year 5.2% 6.8% 5.2% 8.2%
College degree - 4 year 13.9% 18.6% 15.6% 14.9%
Graduate degree 5.8% 5.7% 7.6% 7.0%
Expenditures per student $4,865 $5,665 $6,218 $5,896
Students per teacher 13.5 12.2 12.4 16.0
Students per librarian 755 642 995 934
Students per guidance counselor 494 642 995 560
 

Economy

Unemployment rate 3.8% 2.5% 6.0% 5.7%
Recent job growth -0.5% 13.2% 0.9% 1.4%
Future job growth 21.3% 13.2% 0.9% 10.5%
Sales tax 8.25% 7.05% 7.77% 5.63%
Income tax 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.02%
Cost of living index 85.1 81.4 80.0 100.0
 

Health

Air quality 78 78 63 48
Watershed quality 100 100 71 54
Physicians per capita 25.8 25.8 81.7 168.5
Health cost index 90.9 90.0 96.1 100.0
Superfund site index 99 99 93 71
UV index 6.0 6.0 5.8 4.3
 

Climate

Altitude 1,530 1,258 1,371 1,058
Rainfall (inches annually) 35.3 34.7 31.3 38.8
Snowfall (inches annually) 0.4 0.2 2.5 24.4
January avg. low temp 32.8 33.7 33.0 21.6
July avg. high temp 92.8 93.1 94.6 86.4
Days of precipitation annually 82 81 77 112
Days mostly sunny annually 224 224 235 205
Comfort index (during hot weather) 23 21 27 44
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