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Along with being the self-proclaimed pie capital of Texas, Kyle is popular for its quaint downtown area, replete with barbecue joints, saloons, and of course, Tex-Mex eateries. Originally founded in 1880 by Fergus Kyle and David E. Moore, Kyle was initially deeded to the International-Great Northern Railroad, which drew new residents and visitors from nearby Mountain City and Blanco. Today Kyle is home to a wide array of local businesses and some 43,000 residents, who enjoy ample green spaces such as a disc golf course, Lake Kyle, and Mary Kyle Hartson Park, as well as the convenience of living near major national corridor I-35.
Cost of Living
While Kyle’s median home cost is slightly higher when compared to the majority of Texas, it is lower than the national median. Although transportation costs are higher than the national average due to the necessity of owning a vehicle, both food and health care costs are significantly lower than the national average.
Located directly next to I-35, Kyle is a short drive away from Austin, and an even shorter drive to San Marcos. The Texas Eagle Amtrak line stops in nearby San Marcos, as well as in Austin, and heads north all the way to Chicago on one end of the line and west all the way to Los Angeles on the other, making gas-saving cross country trips highly accessible for residents of Kyle. Although Downtown Kyle is quite walkable, residents mostly rely on their vehicles to get around the area.
Kyle is serviced by the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, and in Kyle proper there are over two dozen preschools, seven elementary schools, four middle schools, and one high school. Kyle is also home to 22 private schools, ranging from pre-K to 12th grade. In addition to the bevee of grade schools options in Kyle, Texas State University is a short drive away in San Marcos, as are Austin Community College campuses and the University of Texas at Austin.
Between the scenic waters of Lake Kyle and the natural beauty surrounding the Plum Creek Golf Course, or the Historic Kyle Train Depot and Heritage Center and the Claiborne Kyle Log House, there is never a shortage of outdoor attractions in Kyle. Residents also love local eateries such as Milt’s BBQ Pit and the one-and-only Texas Pie Company, and Kyle Market Days, which fall on the second Saturday of the spring and summer months, are a great way to enjoy local live music, Texas barbecue and other local vendors. So whether you’re ready for a round of disc golf, a slice of pie or simply a trip to your local library, Kyle, Texas is a Hill Country gem with a heap of accessible amenities to offer.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.