MEET THE CITY OF HORSESHOE BAY
Experience the Highland Lakes in luxury: Everything locals, soon-to-be-locals, and visitors need to know about Horseshoe Bay.
The city of Horseshoe Bay is perfect for Highland Lakes visitors looking to play a round of golf on a world-class course, spend the day in a luxurious day spa, dine at a five-star restaurant, and take in stunning views of Lake LBJ.
Horseshoe Bay is run by three major local entities: the city of Horseshoe Bay, the Horseshoe Bay Property Owners Association, and Horseshoe Bay Resort.
The city of Horseshoe Bay is a full-service municipality and home rule city with its own police, fire department, and emergency medical service.
The Horseshoe Bay Property Owners Association is administered by a board of directors made up of seven elected members. Committees include finance and budget, long-range planning, physical facilities, police and bylaw enforcement, and special events.
Horseshoe Bay Resort is the city’s largest employer. The resort offers several fine-dining restaurants, a full-service spa, award-winning golf courses, lake access, four luxurious swimming pools, and its own private airport.
Horseshoe Bay sits in both Llano and Burnet counties and is situated along the south shore of Lake LBJ. The area was developed in the early 1970s to be an upscale retirement community. It received its status as a Class A city under Texas law in 2005. Since then, the city has established a full-time fire department, police force, and EMS.
HORSESHOE BAY WEATHER
- State: Texas
- County: Llano
- ZIP Code: 78611
- Area Code: 830
- Sales-tax rate: 8.25 percent
- The 2016 U.S. Census population estimate for Horseshoe Bay was 3,264. That estimate is a 7.4 percent decrease from the official 2010 Census population of 3,418.
- Horseshoe Bay sees a daytime population increase of 4,618 people due to commuting and tourism.
- The median age of the city’s residents is 43.4.
- The median age of the city’s residents is 61.3.
- According to the U.S. Census, the 2016 median household income of Horseshoe Bay is $78,269.
- The per capita income is $36,254.
- The city has 3,131 housing units.
- The median housing price in Horseshoe Bay is $320,800.
People enjoy recreation year-round in Horseshoe Bay due to the inviting weather. Fall and winter are mild, and the city rarely receives snow. Spring and summer are hot and sunny. Climate Averages:
Daily Summer Temperature: 81 degrees
Daily Winter Temperature: 47 degrees
Yearly Snowfall: Less than 1 inch
Yearly Rainfall: 28.1 inches
Average Relative Humidity: 40 percent
Wind: 10-12 mph
- Horseshoe Bay’s average elevation above sea level is 846 feet.
- CCity Size: 11.6 square miles with 1.83 percent of the square footage being water.
- The unemployment rate is a percentage of the available workforce that is not employed. The U.S. figures are from Census data updated in May 2018. The Horseshoe Bay figures are from 2016.
- According to the 2016 American Community Survey (conducted by the Census Bureau), the unemployment rate for Horseshoe Bay is at zero percent, below the U.S. average of 3.9 percent.
- 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 Horseshoe Bay, 7.5 percent of individuals live below the poverty level.
Source of Income
Finance and insurance leads all Horseshoe Bay industries in the number of jobs in the city. Based on 2016 data, the city employs 1,097 people across all industries. Based on 2018 data, the finance and insurance industry accounts for 160 jobs, 3.39 percent more than expected in a city of its size. The next largest industries are construction and retail trade. The highest-paying industries are professional, scientific, tech services ($91,420), health care and social assistance ($64,470), and finance and insurance ($57,315).
The largest employer in Horseshoe Bay is Horseshoe Bay Resort with 687 employees. Marble Falls Independent School District comes in second with 670 employees, and Baylor Scott & White Health takes third with 400 employees.
- San Antonio (2016 population: 1,492,510) is 91.2 miles south of Horseshoe Bay on U.S. 281. The cities of Johnson City and Blanco are on the route. The drive takes from one hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on traffic and construction.
- Austin (2016 population: 947,890) is 52.9 miles southeast of Horseshoe Bay. The drive takes about one hour if taking U.S. 281 to Texas 71, which is 5 miles south of the lake. A popular shortcut on Southwest Parkway just east of Bee Cave cuts miles and time off the drive, especially if heading for central or north Austin.
- Houston (2016 population: 2.2 million) is 213 miles east of Horseshoe Bay. The shortest route is via Texas 71 to Interstate 10. The drive typically takes 3 hours to 3½ hours, depending on construction and traffic.
You’ll find everything you need to know about the city of Horseshoe Bay right here in the Horseshoe Bay Community Guide. Use the icons for information about Horseshoe Bay schools, real estate, industries, health care, and services. This guide combines tourism and directory information in one location for anyone wanting to learn more about any aspect of Horseshoe Bay.
Everything you need to know about the Horseshoe Bay community is right here in our comprehensive Horseshoe Bay Community Guide. Whether you already live here, want to move here, or plan to visit soon, this guide has what you need to know.
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