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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    C+
Hays County is located in Texas with a population of 194,843. Hays County is one of the best places to live in Texas. In Hays County, most residents own their homes. In Hays County there are a lot of bars and coffee shops. Many families and young professionals live in Hays County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Hays County are above average.
Population
194,843

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$204,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,047
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Hays County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    144.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    55.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    292.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,461.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    195.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    17%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Hays County

Jobs
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Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,815
National
$55,322

Hays County Reviews

2 reviews
I have loved growing up in Hays county. It is small but also large. Very nice community. Nice people, nice area, well taken care of. Overall a nice place to live.
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There are too many college students drinking and acting crazy. However, the river is great and the public parks are well kept.