According to SECURITYPOLOGY, San Saba is a small city located in the heart of Texas Hill Country. It is situated on the banks of the San Saba River, approximately 75 miles northwest of Austin. The city has a population of just over 3,000 people and covers an area of four square miles.
The climate in San Saba is generally mild and temperate, with mild summers and cool winters. The average temperature range for the year is between 40-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall averages around 27 inches per year and there are occasional snow storms during winter months.
San Saba was founded in 1854 by settlers from Mexico and other parts of Texas who were attracted to its fertile land and abundant natural resources. The city was incorporated in 1889, becoming one of the first cities in Texas to be officially recognized as a municipality.
Politically, San Saba has always been strongly conservative with most residents voting for Republican candidates in elections. The economy is largely based on agriculture and ranching, with some tourism also playing an important role as well as some light manufacturing industries such as electronics and textiles.
Schools in San Saba include two public elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and two private parochial schools. All schools are well regarded for their high academic standards as well as extracurricular activities such as sports teams, theater groups and clubs dedicated to various interests such as art or technology.
Popular landmarks include Fort McKavett State Historic Site which commemorates the historic fort built by US Army troops during the Indian Wars; Fort Griffin State Historic Site which preserves a frontier fort established during Reconstruction; Mill Pond Park which features a scenic pond surrounded by walking trails; downtown’s historic courthouse square where visitors can browse antique stores; San Saba Riverwalk Park where visitors can enjoy fishing or picnicking; Old Mill Museum which offers exhibits about local history; Rodeo Grounds where locals gather for rodeos throughout the year; and lastly but certainly not least, Pecan Valley Golf Course which offers championship golfing facilities at affordable rates for all ages to enjoy!
Population: 2,637. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,615 (-0.8% change)
Males: 1,191 (45.2%), Females: 1,446 (54.8%)
San Saba County
Zip code: 76877
Median resident age: 39.0 years
Median household income: $27,758
Median house value: $41,300
Races in San Saba:
- White Non-Hispanic (66.6%)
- Hispanic (31.5%)
- Other race (17.3%)
- American Indian (2.0%)
- Two or more races (1.6%)
- Black (0.6%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: United States (16.9%), Irish (8.6%), English (6.7%), German (6.5%), Italian (1.6%), Scottish (1.6%).
Elevation: 1207 feet
Land area: 1.8 square miles
San Saba, Texas is a small town in Central Texas with a population of 3,099 people as of the 2019 census. It is the county seat of San Saba County and has been since 1856. The city has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1854 by a group of settlers from Georgia and Tennessee who were seeking to settle in the area. The city is surrounded by rolling hills and lush green pastures, making it an ideal place for those looking for a quiet rural lifestyle. The majority of the population is White (89%), followed by Hispanic (7%), African-American (2%) and Native American (1%). There is also a small but growing Asian population in San Saba.
The economy of San Saba largely revolves around agriculture, with many farms located within its boundaries. The main crops grown include cotton, corn, wheat, sorghum, hay, oats and pecans. Other industries that have contributed to the local economy include oil and gas production as well as tourism. There are several attractions located around town such as Fort McKavett State Historic Site and Old Town San Saba Historic District.
Education is also an important part of life in San Saba with two public school districts serving the area: San Saba Independent School District (ISD) and Richland Springs ISD. In addition to these public schools there are several private schools available including St Johns Lutheran School and First Baptist Christian Academy.
San Saba has a thriving community spirit which can be seen in its numerous civic organizations such as Lions Club International, Rotary Club International and Kiwanis International as well as various churches located throughout town. There are also several parks within city limits including City Park which features two playgrounds, two walking trails with fitness stations along them, four baseball/softball fields and two basketball courts for recreational use by the community.
For population 25 years and over in San Saba
- High school or higher: 57.8%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.5%
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
- Unemployed: 4.5%
- Mean travel time to work: 18.0 minutes
For population 15 years and over in San Saba town
- Never married: 16.0%
- Now married: 56.5%
- Separated: 2.8%
- Widowed: 15.7%
- Divorced: 9.0%
8.4% Foreign born (7.9% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: -48 (-1.8%).
Hospitals/medical centers near San Saba:
- LLANO MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (about 33 miles; LLANO, TX)
- ROLLINS BROOK COMMUNITY (about 38 miles; LAMPASAS, TX)
- SETON HIGHLAND LAKES (about 42 miles; BURNET, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to San Saba:
- ROBERT GRAY AAF (about 64 miles; FORT HOOD/KILLEEN, TX; Abbreviation: GRK)
- KILLEEN MUNI (about 73 miles; KILLEEN, TX; Abbreviation: ILE)
- DRAUGHON-MILLER CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL (about 92 miles; TEMPLE, TX; Abbreviation: TPL)
Other public-use airports nearest to San Saba:
- SAN SABA COUNTY MUNI (about 3 miles; SAN SABA, TX; Abbreviation: 81R)
- LLANO MUNI (about 29 miles; LLANO, TX; Abbreviation: 6R9)
- LAMPASAS (about 39 miles; LAMPASAS, TX; Abbreviation: T28)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to San Saba:
- CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE (about 66 miles; KILLEEN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,777)
- TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 79 miles; STEPHENVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,068)
- UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR (about 87 miles; BELTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,257)
- AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 93 miles; AUSTIN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 12,819)
- THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (about 93 miles; AUSTIN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 46,503)
- SAINT EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY (about 94 miles; AUSTIN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,870)
- TEMPLE COLLEGE (about 95 miles; TEMPLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,054)
Public high school in San Saba:
- SAN SABA H S (Students: 220; Location: 301 E WALLACE ST STE 203; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in San Saba:
- SAN SABA STATE SCHOOL (Students: 352; Location: 206 S WALLACE CREEK RD; Grades: 05 – 12)
- SAN SABA EL (Students: 318; Location: 301 E WALLACE ST STE 203; Grades: PK – 04)
- SAN SABA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 245; Location: 301 E WALLACE ST STE 203; Grades: 05 – 08)
- ALTER SCHOOL (Students: 1; Location: 301 E WALLACE ST STE 203; Grades: PK – 12)
Library in San Saba:
- RYLANDER MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $39,406; Location: 103 S LIVE OAK ST; 10,798 books; 2,422 audio materials; 432 video materials; 27 serial subscriptions)