Historic tourist town also a great place to raise a family

The city of Burnet blends frontier history with Hill Country beauty. Founded in 1852 after the establishment of Fort Croghan in 1847, Burnet has grown slowly and steadily from a small frontier outpost to a small modern city of nearly 6,000 residents. Farming and ranching have always played large roles in the life and economy of Burnet, but tourism is becoming more prevalent.

Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake are nearby as well as the underground features of Longhorn Cavern at Longhorn Cavern State Park. Burnet Municipal Airport is a favored landing spot for pilots and private planes, and Delaware Springs Golf Course is beloved by area golfers.

The connection from history to current tourism can be seen when the Austin Steam Train Association’s Hill Country Flyer brings visitors from Austin to shop and eat on the downtown square. The railroad’s arrival in 1882 helped spur growth in the city from a population of 490 in 1880 to 1,454 in 1890.

Hamilton Creek Park in the middle of Burnet is a picturesque park with ducks, walking trails, and playground equipment. In fact, the city was named Hamilton until 1858, when residents petitioned a name change because another Texas town shared the moniker. The city hosts a summer concert series at Haley Nelson Park amphitheater with top Texas country artists who draw thousands from across the area.

The city hosts a summer concert series at Haley Nelson Park amphitheater with top Texas country artists who draw thousands from across the area.

Quick Facts

  • State: Texas
  • County: Burnet
  • ZIP Code: 78611
  • Area Code: 512
  • Sales-tax rate: 8.25 percent


  • The 2017 U.S. Census population estimate for Burnet was 6,355. That estimate is a 6.3 percent increase from the official 2010 Census population of 5,979.
  • Burnet sees a daytime population increase of 1,576 people due to commuting.
  • The median age of the city’s residents is 43.4.
  • According to Burnet Economic Development Corp., more than 18,000 vehicles pass through town on U.S. 281 each day

Median Income

  • According to the U.S. Census, the 2016 median household income of Burnet is $45,000.
  • The per capita income is $18,557.
  • The city has 659 businesses and 2,342 housing units.
  • The median housing price in Burnet is $154,200.


People enjoy recreation year-round in Burnet due to the inviting weather. The city rarely receives snow in the winter, and summers are hot and sunny. June receives the most rain during the year with an average of just over 4.5 inches. May and October average about 4 inches of rain. August averages the least amount of rain at less than 2 inches.

Climate Averages:
Daily Summer Temperature: 81 degrees Fahrenheit
Daily Winter Temperature: 48.8 degrees
Yearly Snowfall: Less than 1 inch
Yearly Rainfall: 33 inches
Average Relative Humidity: 80 percent average in the mornings, 60 percent in the afternoons
Wind: 9-12 mph


  • Burnet’s official elevation above sea level is 1,286 feet. Located to the east of ridges, the city is fairly flat with little change in elevation. The city gradually slopes up from the southern edge of the city limits to the north, ranging from about 1,250 feet near the airport to about 1,360 feet at the high school.
  • City Size: 10.2 square miles


  • The unemployment rate is a percentage of the available workforce that is not employed. The U.S. and Burnet figures are from Census data updated in 2017.
  • The unemployment rate for Burnet was at 3.1 percent, below the U.S. average of 4.1 percent.
    The city’s unemployment rate has risen and fallen with state and national trends. Since 2000, the Burnet unemployment rate has hit a high of 6.8 percent in 2010 and a low of 3.1 percent in 2017.
  • In Texas, the current unemployment rate is 4.3 percent with a high of 8.1 percent in 2010 (the highest it’s been since 2000) and a low of 4.3 percent in both 2000 and 2007.
  • In Burnet, 34.2 percent of individuals live below the poverty level.

Source of Income

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 52 percent of the income in Burnet is earned from wages. Ten percent of the population is self-employed. Investments and retirement account for 23 percent of the income, while 13 percent of residents collect Social Security. People collecting public assistance and SSI in the area account for 2 percent of the population.

Accommodation and food services leads all Burnet industries in the number of jobs in the city. The city employees 5,169 people at 659 establishments across all industries. Based on 2018 data, the accommodation and food services industry accounts for 887 jobs and 17.2 percent of all jobs in the city. The next largest industries are health care and social assistance (15.9 percent); retail trade (9.2 percent); educational services (9.2 percent); other services, except public administration (7.3 percent); and construction (5.0 percent). Based on 2017 data from Burnet Economic Development Corp., the largest employer in the city is Burnet Consolidated Independent School District with 481 employees. The next largest employers are Burnet County (370); Seton (275); city of Burnet (145); Entegris (140); and Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Ellen Halbert Unit (135).

The largest employers in the city, according to the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp., are Marble Falls Independent School District (680); Baylor Scott & White (445); H-E-B Grocery Co. (340); Wal-Mart Corp. (285); and Lowe’s Home Improvement (125).

Nearest Cities

  • San Antonio (2016 population: 1,492,510) is 99.3 miles south of Burnet on U.S. 281. The cities of Marble Falls, Johnson City, and Blanco are on the route. The drive takes from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on traffic and construction.
  • Austin (2016 population: 947,890) is 55 miles southeast of Burnet. The drive takes about an hour by Texas 29 east to Liberty Hill then U.S. 183 into Austin. Alternately, you can drive south to Marble Falls on U.S. 281 then turn east on Texas 71 to get to the southwest side of Austin.
  • Killeen (2017 population: 145,482) is 50.5 miles northeast of Burnet. The drive takes about an hour by U.S. 281 north to Lampasas then east on U.S. 190.

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