Kyle, Texas

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Kyle is a town in Hays County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,314 at the 2000 census; it was 26,103 in the 2008 census estimate, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Texas.[4]



Kyle is located at 29°59′21″N 97°52′33″W / 29.989080°N 97.875947°W / 29.989080; -97.875947 (29.989080, -97.875947).[5] This is 21 miles southwest of Austin and 53 miles northeast of San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km2), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.3 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (1.34%) is water.


Kyle was founded in 1881 by Captain Fergus Kyle. The site was chosen due to its proximity to the International – Great Northern Railroad line.

From 1892 to 1901 Kyle was home to the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Katherine Anne Porter. Many of her most famous short stories such as Noon Wine are set in locations in and around Kyle. Her former home there is now a writer's residence open to the public by appointment. The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center hosts readings by visiting writers. Upcoming visitors include U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic, National Book Award Winner Tim O'Brien, Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Stone, and celebrated short-story author Mary Gaitskill.

Kyle was the only Texas town to have an all-woman government in the early 1940s.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,314 people, 1,491 households, and 1,209 families residing in the city. The population density was 899.0 people per square mile (347.2/km2). There were 1,560 housing units at an average density of 263.9/sq mi (101.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.29% White, 8.30% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 23.45% from other races, and 3.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.31% of the population. As of May, 2007 the Kyle City Council set the population at just over 25,000. Kyle is the fifth fastest growing city in the state of Texas.

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