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D'Hanis, Texas. D'Hanis is on Parkers Creek, eight miles west of Hondo in western Medina County. The community is sometimes called New D'Hanis to distinguish it from the site of old D'Hanis one mile to the east. The original settlement was the third made by Henri Castro. When established in the spring of 1847, D'Hanis was the frontier settlement on the Old San Antonio Road. Castro named the village for William D'Hanis. Jean Batot and his son Christian were the first settlers to arrive. Town lots and twenty-acre farms were surveyed and deeded to the first colonists.

With building materials in short supply, the early settlers built rough shelters of mesquite pickets and thatch, to be replaced eventually by the distinctive European-style rock homes of the settlement. Catholic services, conducted by priests from D'Hanis, were held in a small structure built in the middle of the village. The building of nearby Fort Lincoln in 1849 afforded the settlers employment and much-needed protection from Indian raids. A post office was established in 1854, and the town became a stage stop on the San Antonio-Rio Grande road. St. Dominic's Church was built in 1869, and for a time in the early 1870s two nuns of the Sisters of Divine Providence taught school in D'Hanis.

St. Anthony's School was built in 1908, and Holy Cross Church was completed in 1914. A second brick factory, Seco Pressed Brick, opened in 1910, the year the D'Hanis Independent School District was formed. The town's first bank opened in 1916. A Catholic church, Our Lady Queen of Peace, was built in 1924 for the Mexican-Americans of the town.

There are plenty of attractions and recreations through the whole county that are sure to please even the pickiest person. You have your choice of outdoor or cultural events along with a multitude of other options. Swimming, fishing, sports, museums, and shopping are all excellent area options.

Elementary
D'Hanis High School
(830) 363-7216
Country Road 5216
D'Hanis, TX

Middle
Newell E Woolls Intermediate
(830) 426-7666
2802 Avenue Q
Hondo, TX

High
D'Hanis High School
(830) 363-7216
Country Road 5216
D'Hanis, TX

Demographics

zip code: 78850

County Average

State Average

National Average

Neighborhood type Rural
Population 1,172 41,553 22,118,509 290,809,777
Pop. density 4.7 49.0 79.6 79.6
Percent male 53.0% 53.0% 49.6% 49.1%
Percent female 47.0% 47.0% 50.4% 50.9%
Median age 38.5 34.6 34.0 36.5
People per household 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.6
Median household income $31,359 $31,864 $39,927 $41,994
Average income per capita $14,459 $16,444 $19,617 $21,587
 

Crime

Violent crime risk index 3.0 2.6 3.1 3.0
Property crime risk index 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.2
 

Housing

Median home value $61,786 $102,100 $94,300 $170,800
Median age of homes 38.5 19.1 23.4 27.8
Home appreciation 2.4% 2.3% 2.3% 7.7%
Homes - owned 60.0% 71.1% 57.8% 63.4%
Homes - rented 15.1% 15.2% 32.8% 21.7%
Homes - vacant 24.9% 13.7% 9.4% 14.8%
Commuting by bus 0.0% 0.0% 1.9% 2.0%
Commuting by carpool 20.4% 15.8% 14.5% 14.6%
Commuting by auto 64.7% 74.2% 77.8% 71.6%
Working at home 6.5% 6.3% 2.8% 5.6%
 

Family Facts

Currently married 64.1% 63.4% 56.5% 58.3%
Never married 22.3% 21.1% 25.6% 23.8%
Divorced 4.5% 6.4% 9.8% 7.7%
Widowed 6.2% 6.6% 5.7% 7.4%
Separated 2.9% 2.6% 2.5% 2.8%
Married - w/ children 32.9% 34.2% 38.1% 28.5%
Married - no children 33.7% 33.5% 37.9% 31.3%
Single - w/ children 8.7% 8.9% 13.8% 9.3%
Single - no children 24.8% 23.4% 10.2% 30.7%

Education

High school graduates 75.6% 71.3% 75.7% 80.4%
College degree - 2 year 3.3% 6.6% 5.2% 8.2%
College degree - 4 year 10.4% 14.2% 15.6% 14.9%
Graduate degree 4.1% 6.2% 7.6% 7.0%
Expenditures per student $5,892 $4,824 $6,218 $5,896
Students per teacher 10.7 15.0 12.4 16.0
Students per librarian 268 1,397 995 934
Students per guidance counselor 268 1,397 995 560
 

Economy

Unemployment rate 5.3% 3.9% 6.0% 5.7%
Recent job growth -0.2% 2.2% 0.9% 1.4%
Future job growth 21.2% 2.2% 0.9% 10.5%
Sales tax 6.75% 7.47% 7.77% 5.63%
Income tax 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.02%
Cost of living index 72.1 79.3 80.0 100.0
 

Health

Air quality 60 60 63 48
Watershed quality 90 90 71 54
Physicians per capita 45.7 45.7 81.7 168.5
Health cost index 90.8 89.6 96.1 100.0
Superfund site index 100 99 93 71
UV index 6.0 6.0 5.8 4.3
 

Climate

Altitude 929 889 1,371 1,058
Rainfall (inches annually) 29.2 31.1 31.3 38.8
Snowfall (inches annually) 0.1 0.1 2.5 24.4
January avg. low temp 39.2 39.8 33.0 21.6
July avg. high temp 95.7 95.5 94.6 86.4
Days of precipitation annually 82 82 77 112
Days mostly sunny annually 224 224 235 205
Comfort index (during hot weather) 18 21 27 44
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