Buda Community Profile

U.S. Census

According to U.S. Census estimates for July 1, 2015, Buda had a population of 13,705. This represents an annual growth rate of 12.8% from 2010 to the present. In 2016, the Texas State Data Center declared Buda the fastest growing city in Texas with a population greater than 10,000 people.

According to 2014 Census estimates of Buda’s population:

  • 35% were under the age of 19
  • 37% were between the ages of 20 and 44
  • 17% were between the ages of 45 and 64
  • 11% were 65 or older

Ethnically, Buda is quite homogenous with less than 5% identifying themselves as Black or Asian. More than a third (38%) are Hispanic.

Educationally, a third (37%) of those over the age of 25 have 4 year college degrees.

When it comes to housing, the 2014 Census reports virtually all Buda residents live in single family homes (90%) and more than three-quarters (79%) own those homes. However this is unlikely to include the 300 apartment units built in Buda in 2015. An amazing 70% of local houses have been built since 2000, with a huge 18% built in the four years between 2010 and 2014.

Among the 866 total households in Buda in 2010, 80% were family households with children under 18. Only 8% of households were occupied by non-family residents 65 years of age or older.

In 2014, eight in ten Buda children (79% of those under 6 and 82% of those 6-17) lived in households where all their parents were employed. Only 17% of workers living in Buda actually work in Buda; more than half (58%) commute to Austin/Travis County. The average commute time of those employees was 31 minutes per trip.

Median family income in Buda in 2014 was $81,429, and 9% of residents live in poverty.

People are moving to Buda for the “small town feel”. They are looking for a community they can call home.

When compared to Hays County, Buda residents are:

  • A bit younger (33% v. 24% are under 18)
  • Similarly ethnically composed
  • More likely to live in and own a single family home (90% v 64%; 79% v 65%)
  • Living in newer homes (70% v 44% built since 2000)
  • More likely to work outside the home while parenting children under 6 (79% v 63%)
  • Sharing a similarly long average commute (31 v 29.5 minutes)
  • Enjoying a slightly higher median family income ($81,429 v $76,765) and significantly lower poverty rates (9% v 17%)
  • Living in the most expensive city by home values in the I-35 corridor of Hays County