Introduction to Kirby, Texas

Kirby, Texas, in Bexar county, is 7 miles E of San Antonio, Texas. Kirby is part of the surrounding San Antonio metro area.

Kirby History

In the early 1900's, Kirby was founded by German immigrants as an agricultural community. The area mostly consisted of farmers in 1920, and German was the language commonly spoken. The city was named the Kirby yard that belonged to the Southern Pacific Railroad which passed through the town. In the 1950's, many people who worked in the Randolph AFB settled in Kirby which changed the population from largely agricultural to military. The city was incorporated in 1955. Many farm failures were caused by a two-year long drought which began in 1957. Farmers sold their agricultural land to the city which led to the development of roads and homes which enabled the city to grow to what it is today.

Kirby and Nearby Attractions

  • Hertzberg Circus Collection and Museum
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • San Pedro Park
  • Spanish Governor's Palace
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • Hill Country State Natural Area

Things To Do In Kirby

There are several parks near Kirby including Guadalupe River State Park, San Pedro Park, and Hill Country State Natural Area. Guadalupe River State Park has an equestrian trail, camping grounds, hiking trains, and it also provides opportunities for canoeing, swimming, tubing, and fishing. Texas Air Museum, which is located some distance from Graham, has exhibits that tell the story of avaition, its early days, and modern advancements. Other museums nearby are San Antonio Museum of Art, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, Buckhorn Hall of Horns, and the Institute of Texan Cultures. Casa Navarro State Historic Site, which is the home of political leader and signatory of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Jose Antonio Navarro, is a popualr place of historical significance.

Kirby Transportation

San Antonio International Airport is a major airport close to Graham.

Kirby Higher Education

Colleges near Kirby include San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, and Trinity University.


Total Population 8,332
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,811
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $56,600
% Above Poverty Level 88%
% Below Poverty Level 12%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%


People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $879
Median House Value $82,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.8%
Irish 6.9%

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

Kirby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles E of San Antonio, Texas
County Bexar
Metro Area San Antonio
Standard Zip Codes 78219
Phone Area Codes 210
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.463
Longitude -98.385

Kirby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 62 F
Apr Temp 57 to 80 F
Jul Temp 74 to 95 F
Oct Temp 59 to 82 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 80 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 27.6 inches
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 63 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 96 F
Oct Temp 58 to 83 F
Annual Precip 27.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamo Heights 7,593 $151,806
China Grove 1,299 $105,074
Converse 20,450 $68,529

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

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