The City of Garden Ridge, located in southeastern Comal County, is approximately two and one-half miles west of Interstate 35, 20 miles north of downtown San Antonio and 12 miles south of downtown New Braunfels. Garden Ridge is a bedroom community of almost 1,400 homes with an approximate population of about 3,800. The city derived its name from a series of ridges overlooking fields of wildflowers on the up-slope of the famous Texas Hill Country on ranch and farmland owned and cultivated by immigrant and first-generation Germans.
The city had its beginning as a custom-home subdivision in the 1960s. During the time frame, the fast-developing area was beginning to invite attention from the neighboring towns that had growth ideas and thoughts of annexation. The citizens quickly decided that incorporation, as “THEIR” town would solve the dilemma. Garden Ridge was incorporated by its Ordinance One, dated 6 July 1972, and is now served by a non-paid Mayor and city council, 27 employees in total operate city administration, a 24-hour police department and public works department. In addition, volunteers constitute a Planning and Zoning Commission, Quarry Commission, Water Commission, and Impact Fee Commission. The city’s library was founded in 1998, serving the local area and supported by contributions and volunteers. The service of volunteers is the heart of the city.
Garden Ridge is one of the fastest growing communities in South Texas, with a current growth rate of approximately eight percent per year. This growth enables the city tax rate to be the lowest in the area. In March 2003, the city, for the first time in history, reduced its dependence to a single water source (Edwards Aquifer) by drilling into deep strata of the Trinity Aquifer. This successful endeavor, next to the actual incorporation, is the most significant action in the city’s history.
The city’s municipal complex, constructed in 2006, is located off FM 3009 on Municipal Parkway and consists of city hall, police station, library, community center and public works facility. Progressive ideas and progressive management throughout the city history indeed highlight the motto: “A WAY OF LIFE…NOT JUST A PLACE TO LIVE."
City of Garden Ridge:
9400 Municipal Parkway
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
POPULATION (2014): 3,742
Change since 2000: +98.8%
Est. Median Household Income (2015)
$126,484 - Texas: $55,653
Est. per Capita Income (2015)
$53,711 - in 2000: $40,201
Est. Median Home Value (2015)
$471,345 - in 2000: $216,500
Median Gross Rent (2015) $2,749
2150 Universal City Blvd
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