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Bulverde, Texas
Motto(s): 
"Outhouse of the Texas Hill Country"
Location of Bulverde, Texas
Location of Bulverde, Texas
Comal County Bulverde.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Comal
Area
 • Total 9.73 sq mi (25.20 km2)
 • Land 9.72 sq mi (25.17 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,093 ft (333 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,630
 • Density 476/sq mi (183.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
78163
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-11224
GNIS feature ID 1378070

Bulverde ( bull-VER-dee) is a city in Comal County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,630 at the 2010 census, up from 3,761 at the 2000 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Bulverde is located in western Comal County at 29°44′55″N 98°24′48″W / 29.748486°N 98.413238°W / 29.748486; -98.413238, about 26 miles (42 km) north of downtown San Antonio. U.S. Route 281 passes through the east side of Bulverde, leading south to San Antonio and north 25 miles (40 km) to Blanco. Cibolo Creek, which forms the Comal County/Bexar County line, runs just south of Bulverde.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25.2 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.09%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 3,761
2010 4,630 23.1%
Est. 2015 4,925 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,761 people, 1,292 households, and 1,131 families residing in the city. The population density was 495.7 people per square mile (191.3/km2). There were 1,349 housing units at an average density of 177.8 per square mile (68.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.32% White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.95% of the population.

There were 1,292 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.6% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.4% were non-families. 10.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $67,055, and the median income for a family was $68,019. Males had a median income of $49,245 versus $30,717 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,887. About 1.5% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty-five or over.

History

It is also called "The Front Porch of the Texas Hill Country". Bulverde's first people were Native Americans. A type of arrowhead known as the Bulverde Point is named after the style of arrowhead made by Native Americans who lived in the area during the period 2,500 to 600 B.C.

Bulverde was settled in 1850 and called "Pieper Settlement", after Anton Pieper. For many years the closest post office was at Smithson Valley, and mail was delivered once a week to the house of Carl Koch in Bulverde. A local post office that operated from 1879 to 1919 was named for Luciano Bulverdo, an early area landowner.

In the period between 1996 and 1999, 5 separate municipalities were incorporated and combined in the Bulverde area to form the current City of Bulverde. This process required 22 separate elections. In May 2015, the people of Bulverde voted to adopt a home rule charter to have more control over development.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Bulverde has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.

  • Bulverde from the Handbook of Texas Online
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