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Overview

Introduction to Gonzales, Texas

Gonzales, Texas, in Gonzales county, is 55 miles NW of Victoria, Texas (center to center) and 55 miles S of Austin, Texas.

Gonzales History

The city of Gonzales was founded by Empresario Green DeWitt in August of 1825. It was established as the capital of his colony and named after Rafael Gonzales, the Governor of Coahuila y Tejas. Gonzales, which was earlier known as Dewitt County, is one of the earliest settlements of the Anglo-Americans in Texas. In 1826, the original settlement was vacated after being attacked by Indians twice. It was rebuilt in 1827 not far from the site of the original settlement. Gonzales is known as the "Lexington of Texas" as the first encounter of the Texas Revolution occurred here.

Gonzales and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Wood Recreation Area
  • Texas Zoo
  • Old Jail Museum
  • Palmetto State Park
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Heroes of Texas Independence Monument

Things To Do In Gonzales

Some of the popular attractions located at some distance away from the city are the San Antonio Zoo, the Texas Zoo, and SeaWorld San Antonio. LBJ Museum exhibits focus on the life and times of former president Lyndon B. Johnson. A trip may be planned to Yoakum Heritage Museum located nearby. In addition, there are several parks in the area including Lockhart State Park, Buescher State Park, and Palmetto State Park. Lockhart State Park provides opportunities to play golf, and it also has camping grounds and hiking trails. Sebastopol House State Historic Site amd Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites are frequently visited historical sites.

Gonzales Transportation

Flights are available at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Gonzales Higher Education

Texas Lutheran University and Texas State University are located near Gonzales.

People

Total Population 7,370
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,632
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 45.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.3%
Median Earnings25+ $26,155
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,840
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,955

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,693
% Above Poverty Level 70.6%
% Below Poverty Level 29.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $596
Median House Value $81,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.6%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 4.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gonzales Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 55 miles NW of Victoria, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles S of Austin, Texas
County Gonzales
Standard Zip Codes 78629
Phone Area Codes 830
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.501
Longitude -97.452

Gonzales Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GONZALES 1 N
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 61 F
Apr Temp 56 to 79 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Station LULING
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 62 F
Apr Temp 55 to 80 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 83 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station NIXON
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 62 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 82 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Gonzales, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dilworth (78629)

Hamon (78629)

Maurin (78629)

Nickel (78629)

Oak Forest (78629)

Summerville (78629)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gonzales Public Libraries

Library
Gonzales Public Library
415 ST MATTHEW
Gonzales, Texas
(830) 672-6215

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Gonzales Hospitals

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
HIGHWAY 90A BYPASS
(830) 672-7581
Emergency Service: Yes

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GONZALES H S
1801 N SARAH DEWITT DR
830-672-7535
A Title I School.
Serves 748 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

GONZALES ALTER
1501 SAINT LAWRENCE
830-672-6914
A Non-traditional School
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

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