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San Saba, Texas
—  Town  —
Location of San Saba, Texas
Coordinates: 31°11′43″N 98°43′30″W / 31.19528°N 98.725°W / 31.19528; -98.725Coordinates: 31°11′43″N 98°43′30″W / 31.19528°N 98.725°W / 31.19528; -98.725
Country United States
State Texas
County San Saba
 - Total 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
 - Land 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,204 ft (367 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,637
 Density 1,468.6/sq mi (567.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76877
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-65648[1]
GNIS feature ID 1367538[2]

San Saba is a town located in Central Texas. The population was 2,637 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of San Saba County[3]. The town is known as the birthplace of actor Tommy Lee Jones.

San Saba county was the last county in Texas to have its roads paved.[citation needed]



San Saba is located at 31°11′43″N 98°43′30″W / 31.19528°N 98.725°W / 31.19528; -98.725 (31.195298, -98.725003)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,637 people, 1,008 households, and 680 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,468.6 people per square mile (565.6/km²). There were 1,177 housing units at an average density of 655.5/sq mi (252.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 78.54% White, 0.64% African American, 1.74% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 17.33% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.51% of the population.

There were 1,008 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 82.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,758, and the median income for a family was $31,582. Males had a median income of $24,207 versus $20,216 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,192. About 16.0% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.9% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.


Pecans emerged as an important crop, largely because of the work of Edmund E. Riesen, an Englishman who moved to San Saba County in 1874 and made improvement of the native nuts his life's work. Riesen is credited for laying the groundwork for the pecan industry that led San Saba County to proclaim itself 'Pecan Capital of the World'.


The City of San Saba is served by the San Saba Independent School District.

Notable denizens

San Saba is the birthplace of actor Tommy Lee Jones, geologist M. King Hubbert and Aaron Behrens, front man for Austin based music group Ghostland Observatory. It is currently the home of actor Christian Mixon.


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