Hays County, Texas is home to eight cities: City of Buddha, City of Dripping Springs, City of Hays, City of Kyle, City of Mountain City, City of Niederwald, City of San Marcos, and City of Uhland. The county is named after John Coffee Hays, a Texas park ranger and Mexican-American war officer.
Hays Countyhas a long history of human habitation, with evidence of Paleo-Indians dating back to 6000 BC and native agriculture from 1200 AD. Today, the county is politically divided.
Democratic voters are concentrated along Corridor I-35 and in communities to the east. Communities west of the I-35 corridor tend to lean Republican. San Marcos, home to Texas State University, and the city of Kyle generally vote for Democrats, while Buda, Dripping Springs and Wimberley usually vote for Republicans. Hays County is part of a larger trend in Texas where suburban counties have shifted towards the Republican Party since the 1970s.
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