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Regional Communities

The Greater San Marcos Partnership services the two-county region of Hays and Caldwell Counties, and the cities within them.

The seven diverse communities we represent are rich with culture, natural beauty and a myriad of skilled workers. 

Hays County

Population: 214,485 

Hays County, the nation’s fastest-growing county and center of the Texas Innovation Corridor, is the southern-most portion of the Austin MSA and has over 214,000 residents. Hays County is a diverse area made up of unique natural assets, multiple workforce development institutions including Texas State University and Austin Community College, world-class shopping and wineries, the “Wedding Capital of Texas” and the “Pie Capital of Texas”, and a myriad of major employers. 

Hays County is the Fastest Growing County with a Population of Over 150,000 - The Economist, 2018

San Marcos

Population: 63,071

City of San Marcos: 512-393-8000
San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce: 512-393-5900

San Marcos welcomes businesses and visitors to our beautiful community. Located at the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, San Marcos has wonderful places to visit, great places to stay, and the best shopping in Texas! The spring-fed San Marcos River provides a refreshing playground for swimming, canoeing, tubing, and glass bottom boat rides at the Aquarena Center. San Marcos is the seat of Hays County and is home to Texas State University, the fourth largest university in Texas and an Emerging Research University with more than 38,000. San Marcos also claims the most parkland per capita of any city in the Austin-Round Rock MSA.

San Marcos Named One of the Best Places to Retire - Forbes, 2018


Population: 16,163

City of Buda: 512-312-0084
Buda Area Chamber of Commerce: 512-295-9999

Buda is ajacent to Austin, just 16 miles to the south along I-35. The city has access to the SH-130 toll road that connects Austin and San Antonio. The city has experienced a significant population boom in recent years and continues to be a great location for those interested in the Austin area.


Dripping Springs

Population: 3,876

City of Dripping Springs: 512-858-4725
Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce: 512-858-7000
Dripping Springs Economic Development Committee: 512-858-4725

Dripping Springs lies in the beautiful Texas Hill Country about 25 miles west of Austin, the state capital. This beautiful Hill Country town offers majestic views, abundant wildlife, rolling hills, and rock bottom creeks. The Dripping Springs population, within its city limit, is about 1,500 although its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is home to nearly 20,000. The city offers an exceptional school system, affordable living, and proximity to Austin and San Antonio.



Population: 43,480

City of Kyle: 512-262-1010
Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau: 512-268-4220
Kyle Economic Development: 512-262-3926

Kyle is a booming community and home to thousands of citizens. On I-35, just eight miles north of San Marcos and 20 miles south of Austin, Kyle is the second largest city in Hays County. Approximately 60 miles north of San Antonio, 200 miles west of Houston and 250 miles south of Dallas, the community of Kyle enjoys a south central location convenient to most major population centers in Texas. With a strategic location close to major highways, airports and rail, Kyle is a great community in which to live and conduct business.

Kyle Pie in the Sky ranked a Cool New Thing to Travel for - Thrillist, 2017


Population: 3,019

City of Wimberley: 512-847-0025
Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce: 512-847-2201

Wimberley is located in central Hays County in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, between Austin and San Antonio and only 16 miles from San Marcos. The center of Wimberley is situated at the confluence of Cypress Creek and the Blanco River, roughly 1,000 feet above sea level on the Edwards Plateau.

Caldwell County

Population: 42,338

The “sweet spot” of the Austin MSA, Caldwell County, is home to the “BBQ Capital of Texas” and one of the most renowned Watermelon Thumps in the nation. With over 42,000 residents, the area located just southeast of the state’s capital city is poised for major growth. With the SH-130 Toll Road running through the county, the area has quick and easy access to both Austin and San Antonio. Caldwell County is also the site of the country’s first and largest Job Corps program, Gary Job Corps, located adjacent to the San Marcos Regional Airport. 


Population: 13,788

City of Lockhart: 513-398-3461
Lockhart Chamber of Commerce: 512-398-2818
Lockhart Economic Development Corporation: 512-398-3461 ext. 233

The city of Lockhart is filled with hundreds of thriving small businesses, a rich history, word famous barbeque and warm friendly people. The city has endured boom and bust to become a lively and energetic community with its eyes on the future. Lockhart has always been a favorite in Central Texas. With the steady growth of the region, Lockhart stands ready to welcome even more families and businesses looking for an escape from the hassles of big city life. Beautiful historic homes line Lockhart's entrance from the West. Quiet older neighborhoods and bustling subdivisions blend harmoniously to provide a wide selection of housing options.

Lockhart Named A "Must-See" City - Expedia, 2018


Population: 5,903

City of Luling: 830-875-2481
Luling Area Chamber of Commerce: 830-875-3214
Luling Economic Development Corporation: 830-875-3214 ext. 4

Luling, Texas is located just off I-10, near the U.S. Hwy 183 / I-10 interchange. Luling is south of Austin and east of San Antonio with the neighboring municipalities of San Marcos, Seguin, Lockhart and Gonzales. Located within easy driving distance of San Antonio, Austin and Houston – Luling, Texas has much to offer.

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