Gillespie County Community Profile
Consider staying longer than a polka around the dance floor! The things you look for in a place to live are really the same things that help make your business prosperous: the support of good neighbors; a safe, healthy environment; modern health care; affordable housing; a superior educational system; a trained work force with a strong work ethic; and a thriving business and financial sector.
2010 2000 1990 1980
City 10,530 8,911 6,934 6,412
County 24,837 20,814 17,204 13,532
First time visitors to the Texas Hill Country are impressed with the large number and wide variety of trees, scenic hills, flowing rivers and green grazing pasture land. At over 1700’ above sea level, Fredericksburg (pop. 10,087) and Gillespie County (pop. 22,502) offer crisp, clear, low pollution skies and moderate temperatures and humidity. Gillespie County’s low crime rate, low taxes and low utility costs, as well as proximity to metropolitan areas, makes it an ideal location to live in and do business.
Gillespie County and Fredericksburg are also home to a large number of talented crafts people who produce a wide variety of popular items such as hand woven rugs, jewelry, blown glass, musical instruments and customized furniture.
TAX RATE (PER $100 ASSESSED VALUE) – Jan 2010
Gillespie County $0.2621
Fredericksburg, City $0.2365
Fredericksburg ISD $1.1462
Stonewall WCID $0.2949
Harper ISD $1.0400
Doss CCSD $0.9267
Municipal Sales Tax 1-1/2%
State Sales Tax 6-1/4%
Econ. Dev. Sales Tax 0%
Other Sales Taxes 1/2%
All Industries $575.00
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting $437.00
Retail Trade $430.00
Wholesale Trade $631.00
Transportation and Warehousing $705.00
Finance and Insurance $800.00
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $482.00
Professional and Technical Services $668.00
Administrative and Waste Services $509.00
Educational Services $664.00
Health Care and Social Assistance $746.00
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation $432.00
Accommodation and Food Service $319.00
Public Administration (local government) $767.00
Gillespie County schools have a tradition of working closely with a local business and community groups to develop up-to-date programs to meet the children’s needs as well as those of the community. Fredericksburg ISD has an extensive adult and community education programs in rural Texas which translates into wide community support for schools as well as delivering basic, technical and personal interest classes to adult learners. These programs are being expanded to include accredited college level academic, vocational and technical courses.
In addition to a College accredited Nursing School, there are several private schools in the county offering alternative education options. Gillespie County boasts many state certified child care centers to accommodate the needs of working families.
The Hill Country University Center is an academic partnership among several schools offering several bachelors degrees as well as masters and two PhD programs. The partners include Austin Community College, Texas Tech University, Angelo State University and Concordia University.
Austin Community College (ACC) offers dual credit courses and core curriculum for students seeking a college degree and LVN, RN, and ADN nursing programs. Texas Tech University (TTU) at Fredericksburg, a recognized higher education teaching site, offers upper division undergraduate courses leading to a Bachelor of General Studies, BS in Multidisciplinary Studies (Teaching) and graduate degree programs in Educational Leadership and many others. The School of Nursing at TTU Health Science Center offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing including BSN and MSN. Concordia University is now offering an Accelerated Business Degree for adults 22 years and up. Angelo State University offers Masters Degrees in Guidance and Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction and Student Development and Leadership in Higher Edcuation.
Public School Budget $ 31,605,751
Primary School 1 264
Elementary School 1 929
Middle School 1 645
High School 1 989
Stonewall Elementary 1 102
Harper ISD 1 605
Doss CCSD 1 18
Hill Country University Center, a Multi-Institution Teaching
Center offering collaborative programs with Austin
Community College, Texas Tech University, Angelo
State University and Concordia University.
Industrial Job Training Yes
Vocational Program Yes
Type City Council (Home Rule)
Number on Council 5
Municipal Police 30
Paid Firemen 3
City Zoning Body Yes
Master Plan Yes, January 2006
With its fresh Hill Country air and healthy environment, Gillespie County is rapidly growing into a center for health-care-related industries. Thanks to generous community support, Hill Country Memorial Hospital (HCMH) continues to expand.
Tourism & Festivals
COMMUNITY INFORMATION (cont’d)
Historic Sites 7
Health Centers 4
Public Golf Courses 2
Tennis Courts 18
Bed & Breakfast Facilities 300+
Hotel & Motel Rooms 1,000+
RV Parks 8
Community Theater , Community Chorale (Adult &
Children), Community Art Guild, Community Bands
LBJ State and National Park, National Museum of the Pacific
War, Enchanted Rock State Park, Pioneer Museum, Fort
Martin Scott, Gish’s Old West Museum, Lady Bird Park and
Golf Course, Luckenbach, Wildseed Farms, ten Wineries
Rock Box Theater
Annual Average Temperature 66 F
Average High Temp. Summer 92 F
Average Low Temp Winter 31 F
Annual Average Precipitation 28.7”
Annual Average Snowfall Trace
FINANCE: Total Deposits $646,367,000 (Jun 2010)
Arrowhead Bank, Blanco National Bank, Broadway Bank,
Cattleman’s Bank, Chase Bank NA, Compass Bank,
American Bank of Texas NA, Security State Bank, Hill
Country State Bank
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