Colonel Jesse M. Perez
US Army (Retired)
Director of Economic Development
The City of Hondo, encompassing approximately 9.6 square miles of land in south-central Texas, maintains its city center along State Highway 90, a critical east/west trade corridor, and is conveniently located approximately 38 miles southwest of San Antonio and 120 miles east of Del Rio. Its proximity to the San Antonio metro area, its small town atmosphere, quality school system, and its historic character are why the City is known for its strong community appeal.
About Hondo Texas
Population and Employment Facts
The Hondo population is estimated to be 8,966 in 2013 and is projected to grow 3.0% over the next five years. Medina County and Texas are projected to grow 4.3% and 7.7% respectively over the same period. By contrast, the United States population has grown approximately 2.0% since 2010, reaching 314,861,807 in 2013, and is projected to grow 3.3% through 2018.
The City of Hondo’s population is also diverse, with an estimated 51% female (adjusted to remove incarcerated population) and 59.5% Hispanic/Latino citizens versus 39.1% for Texas and 17.3% for the U.S. An estimated 35.9% of Hondo residents speak Spanish at home.
The race of Hondo's citizens is also diverse, with an estimated 82.5% being classified as White, 7.6% as Black or African American, 1.8% Asian, 0.7% American Indian/Alaska Native, 5.7% as Some Other Race, and 1.7% as Two or More Races.
Relative to the Texas and the nation, the age distribution of the Hondo population is a relative strength for the City. Hondo boasts a strong concentration of 18-34 olds, typically viewed as those in their prime working years. 32.7% of Hondo’s citizens fall within this category, significantly larger than the 24.2% for Texas and 23.0% for the US. This is a critical asset for the City as other areas throughout the US face shortages in these middle age ranges as the population ages and baby boomers move into retirement. Another indicator, median age of the population, further illustrates this strength. Median age of the Hondo population is estimated to be 31.3 in 2013. Comparatively, the median age for Texas is estimated to be 34.1, while median age for the US is estimated at 37.5.
Among Hondo’s population Age 25 or more, 15.5% have attained a Bachelor’s degree or higher level, 6.6% have attained an Associate’s degree, and 23.6% have attended a college or university, but have not completed a degreed program. These attainment levels skew lower than Texas and the nation, but the experience rich workforce in Hondo remains a strong economic development asset for the community with its diversity and depth of work experience.
Hondo’s workforce boasts a strong Service and Farm employment base with 26.6% of the workforce in that category. Meanwhile, 53.5% are employed in White Collar jobs and 19.9% are employed in Blue Collar jobs.
A detail of the careers of Hondo residents further illustrates the strong knowledge and skills of the City’s population. Hondo's workforce has high concentrations of employment in Healthcare Support (7.4%); Management Occupations (12.2%), and Protective Services (7.0%), exceeding the percentage employed in those skilled occupations at both the State and National level. Additionally, Hondo’s workforce is characterized by strong concentrations in Office and Administrative Support (12.3%), Health Practitioners (5.2%), Food Preparation and Serving (7.2%, and Education, Training, and Library (6.9%) occupations.
Household & Income Facts
The housing stock in the City of Hondo is typically older and lower cost than that of Texas and the US. 65.2% of housing in Hondo was built prior to 1990, versus 61.8% for Texas and 57.4% for the nation.
72.0% of housing in the City of Hondo is valued at less than $150,000. Meanwhile, 59.5% of Texas households and 43.4% of US households meet that same valuation threshold. Similarly, median housing value of all owner occupied homes in 2013 is estimated to be $80,704 for the City of Hondo, significantly below the $129,329 and $171,345 estimates for the State and Nation respectively.
The City of Hondo’s cost of living and income levels are lower than that of the State and Nation.
Cost of Living for the San Antonio metropolitan area, of which Hondo is included, is 88.5 as reported on the national index (US National Average). Within that total, reported scores for the index’s composite categories were 81.9 for groceries, 97.3 for healthcare, 82.2 for housing, 92.3 for miscellaneous, 98.7 for transportation, and 84.2 for utilities (Source: City Data).
For the City of Hondo, an estimated 60.1% of households earn incomes less than $50,000 per year versus 51.3% and 50.7% for the State and Nation. Similarly, Hondo’s median household income in 2013 is estimated to be $39,838, lower than the estimated $48,646 for Texas and $49,297 for the US.