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Bulverde is a city in Comal County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,761 at the 2000 census.
Bulverde's first people were Native Americans. A type of arrow head known as the Bulverde Point is named after the style of arrowhead made by Native Americans who lived in the area during the period 2,500 to 600 B.C.
According to the Handbook of Texas Online referencing Oscar Haas, History of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas, 1844-1946 (Austin: Steck, 1968), Bulverde was settled in 1850 and called Pieper Settlement, after Anton Pieper. For many years the closest post office was at Smithson Valley, and mail was delivered once a week to the house of Carl Koch in Bulverde. A local post office that operated from 1879 to 1919 was named for Luciano Bulverdo, an early area landowner.
Many residents of early Bulverde were immigrants or direct descendants of the German immigrants that had settled much of the Texas Hill Country. In the 1950s and as recently as the 1970s, many if not most of the residents carried German surnames (such as Siedel (meaning beer mug in German) and Saur (meaning soil)). Major changes came to the region when Interstate 35 was built and Canyon Lake was created. Both of these brought new residents, and another wave of settlers came to Bulverde.
The area surrounding Bulverde was once made up of huge ranches. In the early 1970s, the first subdivisions of ranch land in Bulverde resulted in neighborhoods such as Bulverde Hills and Oak Village North. These were predecessors to numerous other subdivisions that would, by the 2000s, turn Bulverde into a suburb of San Antonio. In the mid-2000s, the final large ranch in the Bulverde area, the Johnson Ranch, was sold. Bulverde development guidelines call for homes to be built on lots no smaller than one acre (and most homes are built on one to five acre lots), but the Johnson Ranch development is looking to undermine those rules and bring big city development to Bulverde.
Bulverde is located at 29°44′55″N, 98°24′48″W (29.748486, -98.413238), about 23 miles (37 km) north of downtown San Antonio.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.7 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,761 people, 1,292 households, and 1,131 families residing in the city. The population density was 495.7 people per square mile (191.3/km²). There were 1,349 housing units at an average density of 177.8/sq mi (68.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.32% White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.95% of the population.
There were 1,292 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.6% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.4% were non-families. 10.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $67,055, and the median income for a family was $68,019. Males had a median income of $49,245 versus $30,717 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,887. About 1.5% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty-five or over.
The City of Bulverde is served by the Comal Independent School District.