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Hondo, Texas. Hondo is the county seat of Medina County. It is located forty-one miles west of mid-town San Antonio. The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway was built through the county from the east in 1881, and the first sale out of its Hondo City plat was made on October 1, 1881. The community had twenty-five residents in 1884 and 2,500 in 1915. A post office designated Hondo City began operation in 1882.

The courthouse was completed in 1893, built on a block of land the railroad president had donated ten years earlier for a courthouse lot. The name of the post office was changed to Hondo in 1895. The town quickly became a trade and shipping center for the area's agricultural and ranching economy. During its heyday in the early 1900s most of the downtown business buildings were built, chiefly of D'Hanis brick.

Hondo was incorporated on May 14, 1942. That year Hondo Army Airfield was built on 3,675 acres of land in Hondo. The base was shut down in 1946, but civilian contract flight training and pilot screening programs for Air Force cadets continued operations; the town owns the base. In July 1971 Hondo became the location of a radar weather station. In 1989 the community had 200 businesses. The population in 1980 was 6,057, and today it is listed as having 11,388 community residents.

Elementary
Mc Dowell School
(830) 426-2261
1602 27th St S
Hondo, TX

Meyer Elementary School
(830) 426-3161
2502 Avenue Q
Hondo, TX

Middle
Mc Dowell School
(830) 426-2261
1602 27th St S
Hondo, TX

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

High
Hondo High School
(830) 426-3341
2603 Avenue H
Hondo, TX

Demographics

zip code: 78861

County Average

State Average

National Average

Neighborhood type Small Town
Population 11,388 41,553 22,118,509 290,809,777
Pop. density 23.4 49.0 79.6 79.6
Percent male 53.9% 53.0% 49.6% 49.1%
Percent female 46.1% 47.0% 50.4% 50.9%
Median age 35.7 34.6 34.0 36.5
People per household 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.6
Median household income $34,171 $31,864 $39,927 $41,994
Average income per capita $14,495 $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 $81,738 $102,100 $94,300 $170,800
Median age of homes 35.7 19.1 23.4 27.8
Home appreciation 2.3% 2.3% 2.3% 7.7%
Homes - owned 65.6% 71.1% 57.8% 63.4%
Homes - rented 20.4% 15.2% 32.8% 21.7%
Homes - vacant 14.0% 13.7% 9.4% 14.8%
Commuting by bus 0.5% 0.0% 1.9% 2.0%
Commuting by carpool 18.4% 15.8% 14.5% 14.6%
Commuting by auto 73.4% 74.2% 77.8% 71.6%
Working at home 2.6% 6.3% 2.8% 5.6%
 

Family Facts

Currently married 60.0% 63.4% 56.5% 58.3%
Never married 21.8% 21.1% 25.6% 23.8%
Divorced 6.7% 6.4% 9.8% 7.7%
Widowed 8.6% 6.6% 5.7% 7.4%
Separated 2.9% 2.6% 2.5% 2.8%
Married - w/ children 32.6% 34.2% 38.1% 28.5%
Married - no children 30.6% 33.5% 37.9% 31.3%
Single - w/ children 11.2% 8.9% 13.8% 9.3%
Single - no children 25.6% 23.4% 10.2% 30.7%

Education

High school graduates 68.3% 71.3% 75.7% 80.4%
College degree - 2 year 3.6% 6.6% 5.2% 8.2%
College degree - 4 year 7.9% 14.2% 15.6% 14.9%
Graduate degree 2.7% 6.2% 7.6% 7.0%
Expenditures per student $4,952 $4,824 $6,218 $5,896
Students per teacher 13.0 15.0 12.4 16.0
Students per librarian 717 1,397 995 934
Students per guidance counselor 425 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 7.75% 7.47% 7.77% 5.63%
Income tax 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.02%
Cost of living index 76.0 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 87.9 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 876 889 1,371 1,058
Rainfall (inches annually) 32.4 31.1 31.3 38.8
Snowfall (inches annually) 0.1 0.1 2.5 24.4
January avg. low temp 39.4 39.8 33.0 21.6
July avg. high temp 96.3 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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