Hays is a city located in Hays County, Texas, United States. Geographically, it is situated in an area of 0.22 square miles (0.58 km). According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of Hays is dispersed, with 19.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 37.3% from 45 to 64 and 11.6% aged 65 and over. The median age of the city is 44 years. For every 100 females, there are 89.4 males and for every 100 females aged 18 and over, there are 94.8 males.
The town of Hays was founded in the 1970s following a move to incorporate the Country Estates subdivision. The city has the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. The county is named after John Coffee Hays, a Texas park ranger and Mexican-American war officer.
Hays Countyhas been inhabited for thousands of years with evidence of Paleo-Indians found in the region dating back to 6000 BC. C.
Archaeological evidence of native agriculture dates back to 1200 AD. The county's population was distributed as 24.50% under 18, 20.50% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 19.10% from 45 to 64, and 7.70% aged 65 or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males and for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.50 males. Democratic voters primarily reside along the I-35 Corridor and the eastern communities while communities west of the I-35 corridor lean towards Republicans. San Marcos, home of Texas State University, and the city of Kyle generally vote for Democrats while Buda, Dripping Springs and Wimberley generally vote for Republicans.