Our Communities

Smiley, Texas is located in Southwestern Gonzales County in South Central Texas.  This small rural community was established in the early 1870s, when trader and sheepherder John Smiley settled by a long narrow lake that became known as Smiley's, Smileys, or Smiley Lake. The lake became an important watering point for cattle herds on the way to market, and several businesses, including a cotton gin and a sawmill, were started in the community by the early 1880s.

City of Smiley
830-587-6620
smileytx@gvec.net

For more detailed information, please click here.

Demographics

Total Population

657

Households

226

Median Age

42

Population Growth Rate

3%

Source:

ESRI, 2018-05-09

Housing

Total Housing Units

251

Owner Occupied

158

Renter Occupied

68

Vacant

25

Median Home Value

$99,242


Average Home Value

$177,229

Source:

ESRI, 2018-05-09

Income

Median Household

2017

$35,645

2022

$40,298

Average Household

2017

$60,624

2022

$71,907

Per Capita

2017

$22,075

2022

$26,098

Cost of living

82.50%

of US average
Source:

ESRI, 2018-05-09

bestplaces.net

Commute

Average Commute Time

32 min.

Drive Alone

179

Carpooled

61

Public

4

Work At Home

1

Source:

ESRI, 2018-05-09

Workforce

Workers 16+

247

Graduates

High School

236

Associates

24

Bachelor's

27

Graduate

11

Total Employed

116

Total Businesses

18

AG/Forestry/
Fish/Hunting

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Construction

Businesses

2

Employed

13

Manufacturing

Businesses

1

Employed

5

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Source:

ESRI, 2018-05-09

Home to the 11th Largest Cattle Producing County Nationwide

Fast Fact Image

Gonzales County, located on the eastern side of GVEC’s service territory, is currently ranked as the 11th largest calf and cattle producing county in the nation. Just one example of the quality operations continually growing here is Graham Cattle Company located in Gonzales, TX. Graham boasts the capacity to handle 45,000 head of cattle.