Top 10 Small Towns, 2012
4. Boerne, TX
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Located in the Texas Hill Country, the town of Boerne offers inspiration in many forms. You'll find it in the natural beauty of the area's rivers, lakes, caves and trails. You'll find it in the historic buildings, eclectic shops, restaurants and people in this town.
The town's historic district comprises about 30 shops, and the city has seven art galleries. The community turns out big numbers for events such as the Boerne Berges Fest celebrating the area's German heritage, the Harvest Moon Celebration and the Kendall County Fair. Throughout the summer, the Boerne Village Band – the longest continuously playing German Band outside Germany – holds a series of concerts called Abendkonzerte.
The area's mild climate and ample amount of sunshine give residents plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy golf, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking and a variety of sports. Boerne is surrounded by wineries and home to the Dodging Duck Brewhaus, which makes unfiltered and unpasteurized beer. Nearly half of Boerne's approximately 70 restaurants are independently owned and operated. One of the most popular treats in Boerne is the Tootie Pie, a made-from-scratch fruit pie.
Boerne is the county seat of Kendall County, which has the fourth highest per capita income in the state of Texas at $50,495. Business in Boerne is booming, and the city's economy continues to grow. Major area employers include Mission Pharmacal, Albany Engineered Composites and the Boerne Wal-Mart Super Center.
Population: 10,884 (U.S. Census)
Nearest Big City: San Antonio – 27 miles
What Else is Here: YMCA, bowling alley, go karts, batting cages, 189-acre lake for non-motorized boats, shooting clubs, Guadalupe River State Park, kayaking and canoeing