Lago Vista, Texas
Lago Vista, Texas
House in Lago Vista
Location in the state of Texas
|• Mayor||Ed Tidwell (L)|
|• Total||15.52 sq mi (40.19 km2)|
|• Land||14.33 sq mi (37.11 km2)|
|• Water||1.19 sq mi (3.07 km2) 3.95%|
|Elevation||774 ft (236 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||527.29/sq mi (203.59/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1360825|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.2 square miles (39.4 km2), of which, 14.6 square miles (37.8 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (3.95%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,507 people, 1,944 households, and 1,364 families residing in the city. The population density was 517.3 people per square mile (199.8/km2). There were 2,155 housing units at an average density of 247.4/sq mi (95.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.01% White, 0.84% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.88% of the population.
There were 1,944 households, out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.73.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 20.8% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $79,658, and the median income for a family was $72,114. Males had a median income of $56,550 versus $44,929 for females. The per capita income for the city was $75,438. About 2.1% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.
Lago Vista was incorporated in 1984 with a council-manager system of local government. The seven members serve two-year terms. The mayor and council places one, three, and five are elected in odd years. Council members places two, four, and six are elected in even years. The current city manager is Roger Chan who replaced Josh Ray who resigned in January 2021.
As of November 19, 2020, Lago Vista City Council members include:
- Mayor Ed Tidwell
- Place 1 David Williams
- Place 2 Kevin Sullivan
- Place 3 Arch Davila Mayor Pro-Tem
- Place 4 Chelaine Marion
- Place 5 Dick Weatherly
- Place 6 Paul Prince
Fire services are provided by Travis County Emergency Services District 1 (TCESD1). Ambulance services are provided by Austin/Travis County EMS and sometimes Travis County Emergency Services District 7 (TCESD7). Police services are provided by the Lago Vista Police Department and Travis County Sheriff's Office. TCESD1 and TCESD7 are overlapping districts which serve northwest Travis County.
The United States Postal Service operates the Lago Vista branch through the Leander Post Office.
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a transportation provider based in Austin, Texas. Capital Metro has feeder routes that are local bus services between a neighborhood and a major transfer point for connecting service. Route 214 serves Lago Vista to Lakeline Station. Local fares apply.
Rusty Allen Airport (RYW) is a municipal airport on the northern edge of the city and is the second airport in Travis County behind Austin–Bergstrom International Airport. Lago Vista has a private single runway airport which, for the month of September 2005, was the center of operations for relief flights for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. Small planes from across the USA, and even Mexico, landed at Lago Vista's Rusty Allen Airport to pick up essential supplies which were directed to outlying communities not initially being served by government agency relief efforts. Lago Vista was the only General Aviation Center (GAC) airport in the country to support such flights.
Major Employers in Lago Vista Area
- LVISD School System 176
- City of Lago Vista 104
- Lantz's Lakeside Plumbing 50
- Specialty Machine, Inc 46
- Lowe's Market 45
- Vistago Print, LLC 44
- Specialty Risk Management, Inc. 30
- Sonic Drive-In 28
- LV Property Owners' Assoc. 26
- Anodamine, Inc 16
- Lago Vista Animal Clinic 12
Atwater v City of Lago Vista
An arrest made in 1997 by a Lago Vista Police Department officer was at the center of a 2001 United States Supreme Court decision, Atwater v City of Lago Vista. In the decision, justices held that the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution did not prohibit a warrantless arrest for a minor offense.
- March: La Primavera Lago Vista Bike Race, 2015 Video
- March: Lago Vista Players
- April: Hill Country Singers
- April: Balcones Songbird Festival
- May: Lago Fest
- July: Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
- October: National Night Out and Trunk-or-Treat
- November: Hill Country Singers
- December: City Christmas Tree Lighting
- "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Hughes, Elaine (December 2019). "Chamber Executive Director" (December 2019). Chamber of Commerce. Chamber of Commerce.
- Atwater v. Lago Vista, 532, April 21, 2001, p. 318, retrieved 2019-03-29
- Lago Vista, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Lago Vista Area Chamber of Commerce
- City of Lago Vista
- Lago Vista Public Library
- Rusty Allen Airport (RYW)
- Travis County Emergency Service District #1 County Fire/Ambulance
- Travis County Commissioner Precinct Three, Gerald Daugherty
- Capitol Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG)