With both a rich historical heritage and quality, Buda, Texas combines the best of the past, the present, and the future! Main Street has retained its “old-time” look and Buda is well known for its antique downtown shopping in the original buildings. Northern Hays County & specifically the Buda area have experienced record business & population growth the past couple of years. This growth is being guided to preserve the quality of life that is enjoyed & cherished in Buda. The City of Buda is located on Interstate Highway 35 – seventeen miles south of downtown Austin in northeastern Hays County. The city was formally established on April 1, 1881, when Cornelia Trimble donated land for a town site at an International-Great Northern Railroad depot there. Phillip J. Allen had settled the area, originally part of the Mexican land grant to Stephen B. von Eggleston, as early as 1846. In 1929 its population was estimated at 600, but by 1933 it fell to 300. Only in the mid-1980s, as the growth of Austin began to be felt in Buda, did its population once again approach pre-depression levels. The town was incorporated in 1948, and in 1967 Buda, Kyle, and Wimberley formed the Hays Consolidated Independent School District (only Buda and Kyle remained in the district after 1986). By the mid 1980s Buda had attracted a cement plant and some craft industry, but the community was still primarily rural and residential. Buda is a young and growing city with a median age of 33 years old, a current population of 10,621 and an incredible average household income of $101,500. Our mission at the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce is to continue to promote business prosperity through partnership, education and leadership.