Lago Vista, Texas

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Lago Vista, Texas
House in Lago Vista
House in Lago Vista
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Travis County LagoVista.svg
Coordinates: 30°26′59″N 97°59′46″W / 30.44972°N 97.99611°W / 30.44972; -97.99611Coordinates: 30°26′59″N 97°59′46″W / 30.44972°N 97.99611°W / 30.44972; -97.99611
CountryUnited States
 • MayorEd Tidwell
 • Total15.2 sq mi (39.4 km2)
 • Land14.6 sq mi (37.8 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)  3.95%
774 ft (236 m)
 • Total6,550
 • Density640/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)512
FIPS code48-40264[1]
GNIS feature ID1360825[2]

Lago Vista is a town in Travis County, Texas, United States. Located in the Texas Hill Country, the population was 6,041 at the 2010 census.


Lago Vista is located on the north shore of Lake Travis, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Austin.

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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20187,117[3]17.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[1] 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 Josh Ray.

As of November 15, 2018, Lago Vista City Council members[5] include:

  • Mayor Ed Tidwell
  • Place 1 David Williams Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Place 2 Don Barthlow
  • Place 3 Arch Davila
  • Place 4 Timothy J. Collins
  • Place 5 Dick Weatherly
  • Place 6 Frank Robbins

Lago Vista is represented in Texas House of Representatives by Democrat Vikki Goodwin.[6] In the State Senate, the city is represented by Democrat Kirk Watson.[7]

Fire services are provided by Travis County Emergency Services District 1 (TCESD1). Ambulance services are provided by 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.


Lago Vista is served by the Lago Vista Independent School District. Darren Webb is the district's superintendent.


Texas Business FM 1431-J.svg FM 1431 is an east-west route connecting Marble Falls (30 mi west) and Cedar Park (11 mi east).

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.

Atwater v City of Lago Vista[edit]

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.[8]

Annual Events[edit]

  • March: La Primavera Lago Vista Bike Race, 2015 Video[9]
  • March: Lago Vista Players[10]
  • April: Hill Country Singers[11]
  • April: Balcones Songbird Festival[12]
  • May: Lago Fest[13]
  • July: Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks[14]
  • October: National Night Out and Trunk-or-Treat[15]
  • November: Hill Country Singers[11]
  • December: City Christmas Tree Lighting[16]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  8. ^ Atwater v. Lago Vista, 532, April 21, 2001, p. 318, retrieved 2019-03-29
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