- Hondo, Texas
official_name = Hondo, Texas
mapsize1 = 250px
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 24.9
area_land_km2 = 24.8
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 9.6
area_land_sq_mi = 9.6
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 7897
population_density_km2 = 318.1
population_density_sq_mi = 823.8
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 272
elevation_ft = 892
latd = 29 |latm = 20 |lats = 49 |latNS = N
longd = 99 |longm = 8 |longs = 44 |longEW = W
Hondo is located at coor dms|29|20|49|N|99|8|44|W|city (29.346838, -99.145543),GR|1 approximately 40 miles west of San Antonio.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²), of which, 9.6 square miles (24.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.
The city was first settled in
1881and incorporated in 1942. The U.S. Army built an air field in the town in 1942 to train new pilots; at one time the largest air navigation school in the world, Hondo Army Air Fieldtrained over 14,000 navigators for service during World War IIbefore closing in 1946.
In 1930, the local Hondo
Lions Cluberected the now somewhat famous sign reading "This is God's Country, Don't Drive Through It Like Hell," at the city limits with the intention of slowing down those speeding while traveling through town. Later, in the 1940's the sign was changed to "This is God's Country, Please Don't Drive Through It Like Hell" in order to satisfy those in the town who were displeased with the tone of the old sign. [http://www.hondochamber.com/City/Hondo_4_copy_small.jpg] The sign has been in news and print in many magazines, including on the cover of National Geographic, and in the music video of Little Texas' song "God Blessed Texas."
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,897 people, 2,207 households, and 1,664 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 823.8 people per square mile (317.9/km²). There were 2,474 housing units at an average density of 258.1/sq mi (99.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.33% White (includes Hispanic or Latino of any race were 59.92% of the population), 8.33% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 15.23% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races.
There were 2,207 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.38.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 132.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 145.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,917, and the median income for a family was $34,856. Males had a median income of $21,639 versus $17,868 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $12,635. About 18.9% of families and 22.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Hondo is served by the
Hondo Independent School District.
One of the more well-known schools in Hondo is Hondo High School. The current Principal is Brenda Prestage. Hondo is a 3A school in Region IV.
Hondo also has a school newspaper named "The Owls Nest" that features column such as "Ask the Owl" and many other commonly run articles. The newspaper is run by Deborah Quick.
The school is on 27th street and Ave H.
* [http://www.rtis.com/reg/hondo/ Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce Official website]
* [http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Stopito/Hondo/hondo.htm History of Hondo's famous welcome sign]
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