The small city of Mustang Ridge was incorporated in 1985 by Alton Brooks Laws Jr. and Charles Laws, and Alton Brooks Laws was also the first mayor of the city, as well as municipal judge. There are 256 households in Mustang Ridge, and 40.6% of them had children under the age of eighteen at the time of the census. Of those households, 64.8% were married couples living together, and the average household size was 3.07 people. The median age of the inhabitants of Mustang Ridge is about average for Texas at 33.2 years, and the median household income is also about average, at $42,900 yearly in 2005. There are a slightly higher percentage of males than females in Mustang Ridge, with the ratio being 51.5% male compared to 48.5% female, which translates to 404 males compared to 381 females living in Mustang Ridge.
Only a small area of the city is located in Bastrop County, and those residents who are of school age attend Bastrop Independent School District Schools, whereas most of the students in the Travis County portion of the city attend Del Valle I. S. D. schools and the students in Caldwell County attend Lockhart I. S. D. schools. The city has its own police force, with additional law enforcement provided by the Travis County Sheriff's Department as well as the Bastrop and Caldwell County Sheriff's Departments when the small city police department is not available.
Most of the inhabitants in Mustang Ridge are of Mexican-American descent, and there are also a large percentage of residents who claim German or Irish ancestry, and many other ethnicities comprise the remainder of various ethnicities among the other inhabitants of the small community.
Mustang Ridge is very close to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Del Valle, so it is very accessible for out of town travelers. There are numerous hotels near the airport, which is in the Del Valle area, that provide lodging to visitors near Mustang Ridge, including the relatively new Airport Hilton, which was built on the site of the original military airport terminal and is very unique in that the entire hotel is round, with circular walls and other unusual designs that are reminiscent of the old military base. There is also a Comfort Suites and Clarion Hotel near the airport and Mustang Ridge, among others, and the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort near Bastrop is also very convenient to visitors in the area looking for a relaxing yet well-appointed place to stay.
For recreation, McKinney Falls State Park is very close, and offers swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and many other activities, as is Onion Creek and the many recreational opportunities it offers, which are similar to those offered at McKinney Falls, including camping, bicycling, and nature watching, as well as golf at the Onion Creek Golf Course and Country Club. San Marcos is also reasonably close to Mustang Ridge, and there are numerous recreational activities in or near San Marcos, including Aquarena Springs State Park and other recreational facilities and parks on the San Marcos River, as well as the Guadalupe River, which is also nearby and considered an excellent locale for rafting, canoeing, and swimming.
Two nearby communities include Niederwald and Creedmoor, both of which are about five miles from Mustang Ridge, and since Mustang Ridge is situated very close to the intersection of U. S. Highway 183 and Highway 21, it is convenient to both Austin, which is 17 miles north of Mustang Ridge, and San Antonio, which is 69 miles southwest of Mustang Ridge.
Mustang Ridge is a rapidly growing community, and has experienced a 16% increase in population since the 2000 census, and the population is now estimated to be over 915 residents. The housing market is expanding too, and in recent years the average number of new homes was higher than Texas on average. There are apartments, duplexes, and other available housing as well, and the biggest percentage of homes are in the price range of $70,000 to $79,000, with the second largest percentage being in the range of $100,000 to $124,000. The most expensive home in the area is valued at around $500,000 and the least expensive is priced at around $25,000, and most of the homes available in Mustang Ridge are priced in between these amounts.
If rural living with access to two large cities appeals to you, as well as the rolling hills and plains of south-central Texas, be sure to visit Mustang Ridge!
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