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Jonestown, Texas
Welcome sign at east border along RM 1431
Welcome sign at east border along RM 1431
Gateway to the Hill Country
Location of Jonestown, Texas
Location of Jonestown, Texas
Travis County Jonestown.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Travis
Incorporated 1985; 37 years ago (1985)
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Total 7.60 sq mi (19.68 km2)
 • Land 6.41 sq mi (16.60 km2)
 • Water 1.19 sq mi (3.09 km2)
814 ft (248 m)
 • Total 1,834
 • Estimate 
 • Density 328.44/sq mi (126.82/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 512
FIPS code 48-38020
GNIS feature ID 1360424

Jonestown is a city in Travis County, Texas, United States on the north shore of Lake Travis. The population was 1,834 at the 2010 census.


Jonestown is located at 30°29′20″N 97°55′27″W / 30.488872°N 97.924208°W / 30.488872; -97.924208 (30.488872, -97.924208). This is at the north end of Lake Travis, 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Austin.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.7 km2), of which, 4.7 square miles (12.1 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (11.34%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 1,250
2000 1,681 34.5%
2010 1,834 9.1%
2019 (est.) 2,105 14.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,681 people, 699 households, and 434 families residing in the city. The population density was 358.0 people per square mile (138.4/km2). There were 770 housing units at an average density of 164.0/sq mi (63.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.27% White, 0.83% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 3.57% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.58% of the population.

There were 699 households, out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 110.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,167, and the median income for a family was $47,708. Males had a median income of $31,888 versus $26,797 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,256. About 3.1% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

There are several parks in the area and plenty of untamed forests to hike around in. Almost every valley and creek in Jonestown is managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority, which means you can hike on it freely as public land. Jones Brother's Park is a huge waterfront public area on Lake Travis featuring 3 boat ramps, a playground, several Great Texas Oak Trees, a basketball court, a large open field ideal for playing Frisbee or flying a kite, and an array of shaded picnic areas. Pecan Bottom Park was officially turned into a public park after locals constantly maintained a rock damn in Sandy Creek.

Although there were two in the 1980s, Jonestown currently has no open public pools as all of them have been filled in and turned into gardens.


Jonestown is well known for its parks and annual festivities. Past events include the KLBJ-FM Fishing Tournament and The Texas Chili Cook-off. The current and upcoming events feature: the citywide Easter Egg Hunt (spring) the Tree Lighting/Trail of Lights and Santa visit (December). Public events include: SwiftFest (annual in the fall), Cajun-Fest (annual in the spring), Lago Fest (summer), FLW in February 2017 and TacoWarz in October 2017.

  • Jonestown, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online


The City of Jonestown is served by the Leander and Lago Vista Independent School Districts.


Texas RM 1431.svg

RM 1431 runs through the center of Jonestown. This east-west route connects Marble Falls (30 mi west) and Cedar Park (8 mi east). In the spring of 2008, FM 1431 had major re-engineering to straighten and widen the highway to support rapid growth on the north side of FM 1431.

Austin-area Capital Metro's MetroBus route 214 - Northwest Feeder has one park-and-ride and two other stops in Jonestown. The route runs from Lago Vista, west of Jonestown, to Lakeline station, a transit center east of Jonestown.

Notable people

  • Travis Parker, professional snowboarder originally from Jonestown

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