St. Hedwig, Texas

Coordinates: 29°25′28″N 98°12′52″W / 29.42444°N 98.21444°W / 29.42444; -98.21444
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St. Hedwig, Texas
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery
Location of St. Hedwig, Texas
Location of St. Hedwig, Texas
Coordinates: 29°25′28″N 98°12′52″W / 29.42444°N 98.21444°W / 29.42444; -98.21444
CountryUnited States
 • Total29.90 sq mi (77.45 km2)
 • Land29.63 sq mi (76.75 km2)
 • Water0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
Elevation577 ft (176 m)
 • Total2,227
 • Density83.96/sq mi (32.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)210, 726 (planned)
FIPS code48-64172[3]
GNIS feature ID1345901[2]
ANSI Code2412593

St. Hedwig is a rural town in Bexar County, Texas, United States founded by German and Polish emigrants in 1852. The population was 2,227 at the 2020 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was founded by German and Polish emigrants and named for Saint Hedwig, a prominent Germanic saint in the Catholic Church.


The town was founded by John Demmer in 1852 when he moved to the area from his native Silesia(Modern day Poland). In 1856, four more Silesians immigrated to the area and built the site's first Catholic Church, Annunciation (under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio).[4] In 1860, a post office named Cottage Hill was opened, but was later renamed St. Hedwig after the patron saint of Silesia. By 1868, the community had built a stone church, and in 1897, the town boasted 200 families mainly from Poland and Germany. To this day most of the areas residents can trace their ancestry back to Poland and Germany.


According to the United States Census Bureau, St. Hedwig has a total area of 30.1 square miles (78 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
St. Hedwig racial composition as of 2020[6]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,529 68.66%
Black or African American (NH) 42 1.89%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 2 0.09%
Asian (NH) 8 0.36%
Pacific Islander (NH) 1 0.04%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 81 3.64%
Hispanic or Latino 564 25.33%
Total 2,227

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,227 people, 790 households, and 573 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

Largest ancestries (2000) Percent
German Germany 34.2%
Polish Poland 28.9%
Irish Republic of Ireland 11.5%
English England 4.7%
American United States 4.6%
Czech Czech Republic 2.3%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,875 people, 653 households, and 543 families residing in the town. The population density was 62.3 inhabitants per square mile (24.1/km2). There were 687 housing units at an average density of 22.8 per square mile (8.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.95% White, 2.88% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.67% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.35% of the population.

There were 653 households, out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.0% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 13.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,481, and the median income for a family was $58,603. Males had a median income of $34,615 versus $27,700 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,477. About 4.1% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: St. Hedwig, Texas
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "First Polish Catholic Settlements in Texas".
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  7. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  8. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[7][8]

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