HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
SERVICE THROUGH COMMITMENT, HONOR AND COURAGE
Hays County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. State of Texas. As of the 2010 Census, its official population had reached 157,107. The county seat is San Marcos. The county is named for John Coffee Hays, a Texas Ranger and Mexican–American War officer.
Hays County is part of the Austin-Round Rock, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Hays County was listed in 2017 as one of the nation's ten fastest-growing large counties with a population of at least ten thousand. From 2015 to 2016, Hays County, third on the national list, had nearly ten thousand new residents during the year. Comal County, sixth on the list, grew by 5,675 newcomers, or 4.4 percent. Kendall County, the second-fastest-growing county in the nation, grew by 5.16 percent. As a result of this growth, the counties have experienced new home construction, traffic congestion, and greater demand for public services. Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, grew by 1.75 percent during the year, but its sheer number of new residents exceeded 33,000.