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San Saba County is in Central Texas in the Llano Basin region. Its largest city and county seat, San Saba, is ninety miles northwest of Austin and 110 miles southwest of Waco. San Saba and Richland Springs are the two most populous communities. The county has a variety of recreational opportunities and is a popular deer hunting area. San Saba County, FIPSCODE 48411, is the 195th largest of the 254 counties in Texas, with an estimated population of 6,186 in 2000.

The county consists of 1138 square miles with a 2000 population density of 5.5 residents per square mile. The average density in Texas is 79.6 persons per square mile which is the same as the national average. Rainfall in San Saba County averages 26.3 inches per year as compared to the Texas average of 28.1 inches per year.


FARMING
The average growing season in San Saba County is 227 days with the first freeze generally occurring around November 14. Texas is so climatically diverse that statewide averages are irrelevant as a means of comparison.
Farming
1987
1997
Number of Farms
609
653
Acres of Farmland
741,678
732,874
Average Size of Farm (acres)
1,218
1,122

 


POPULATION

According to the Census, San Saba County's population changed 15 percent from 1990 to 2000. The county's population was 5,401 in 1990 and 6,186 in 2000, an increase of 785. In 2000, the median age was 39.4 years versus a statewide average of 32.3 years and a national average of 35.3 years. The Texas Department of Human Services reported there were 67 births and 73 deaths in San Saba County in 2000.

The 2000 Census estimates for Texas show a population composition as follows:

Age Breakdown
San Saba County
Texas
Under 18
27.9%
28.2%
18-24
8.2%
10.5%
25-44
20.8%
31.1%
45-64
22.8%
20.2%
65+
20.3%
9.9%

The 2000 Census Bureau's race/ethnic distribution estimates are as follows:

Group
San Saba County
San Saba County (Percent)
Texas
Texas (Percent)
White
5,227
84%
14,799,505
71.0%
Black
169
3%
2,404,566
11.5%
Hispanic
1,333
22%
6,669,666
32.0%
Asian
7
0.001%
562,319
2.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native
66
1%
118,362
0.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
0
0%
14,434
0.1%

 


EDUCATION

According to the Census, 1,514 people in San Saba County were enrolled in school in 2000. Countywide, 70.0 percent had a high school diploma or higher and 15.8 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. The equivalent statewide figures for a high school diploma or higher and a bachelor's degree or higher were 75.7 percent and 23.2 percent, respectively.

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
Population 3 years and over enrolled in school
    EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
Population 25 years and over
 
Nursery school, preschool
49
  Less than 9th grade
604
Kindergarten
70
  9th to 12th grade, no diploma
594
Elementary school (grades 1-8)
783
  High school graduate
1,246
High school (grades 9-12)
476
  Some college, no degree
808
College or graduate school
136
  Associate degree
111
 
 
  Bachelor's degree
422
 
 
  Graduate or professional degree
211
Total
1514
   
3,997

LABOR FORCE

The county civilian labor force was 2,656 in March 2002 reflecting an increase from the March 2001 level of 2,564. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, total unemployment in March 2002 was 55 contrasted to the March 2001 total of 65. The San Saba County unemployment rate for March 2002 was 2.1 percent compared to the March 2001 rate of 2.5 percent. The statewide unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in March 2002 and 4.2 percent in March 2001.

In the first quarter of 2001, San Saba County had 2,030 employed persons and an average weekly wage of $377.

INDUSTRY
JOBS
PERCENTAGE
Natural Resources & Mining
114
6%
Construction
56
3%
Manufacturing
46
2%
Trade, Transportation & Utilities
444
21%
Information
0
0%
Financial Activities
42
2%
Professional & Business Services
32
2%
Education & Health Services
194
10%
Leisure & Hospitality
206
11%
Other Services
109
5%
Nonclassifiable
5
0%
Federal Government
23
2%
State Government
332
16%
Local Government
427
21%
Distances from the county seat of San Saba (Miles)
Austin
85
Amarillo
330
Brownsville
372
Dallas
160
El Paso
457
Houston
222

 

 

Cities
- Richland Springs, City of
- San Saba, City of

 

 

Chambers
-San Saba Chamber of Commerce


 

 

Top 10 Employers
ARAMARK CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OF TX INC
BOB & NICK ENTERPRISES INC
EMERGE INTERACTIVE INC
HILL COUNTRY COMMUNITY ACTION ASSOCIATION INC
HILL COUNTRY TRANSIT DISTRICT
SAN SABA - CITY OF
SAN SABA ISD
SAN SABA NURSING HOME INC
SUPER S 330 INC
TEXAS YOUTH COMMISSION

Employers are listed alphabetically with no ranking intended.

 

HOUSEHOLDS

The county had approximately 2,289 households in 2000 according to the Census. This represents an average of 2.45 persons per household. The housing per square mile rate was 11.2 percent and the county's homeowner rate was 75.8 percent.

The mean travel time to work was 24.8 minutes compared to a state average of 25.4 minutes. The number of people over 16 who commuted to work was 2,392 while the number that worked at home was 67. The commuting to work breakdown was as follows: drove alone (1,906), carpooled (338), public transportation (2), walked (51), and other means (28).

 

FISCAL INFORMATION

In 1999, the Health and Human Services Commission's poverty estimates for San Saba County was 1,179 or 21.58 percent of the non-institutional population. Approximately 3,307,787 Texans or 16.54 percent of the total population fell beneath the poverty line in 1999; this exceeded the U.S. poverty rate of 11.8 percent. There were 751 people enrolled in Medicaid in April 2002 with 388 of those being under the age of 18.

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported total state expenditures of $31,044,106 for San Saba County in their "State Expenditures by County 2000" report. The State spent $15,503,168 on public assistance and $1,419,392 on highway construction and maintenance in San Saba County. During the third quarter of 2001, gross sales for all industries totaled $10,589,453. Comparing the third quarter of 2000 to the third quarter of 2001, gross sales changed -4 percent (from $11,041,782). The county had 2 bank offices in 2001, as reported by the FDIC, with total deposits of $59 million. This represents 0.02 percent of total deposits in Texas ($243,390 million).

 

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