What’s it like to live in Dripping Springs?

If you’re thinking about moving to Dripping Springs, you’ve probably asked yourself this question. Dripping Springs is a wonderful community that many people are drawn to because of its small town feel, great schools, and close proximity to Austin. Here are a few facts and stats that may help you decide if Dripping Springs is right for you!

Dripping Springs Compared to the rest of the State & US (Source: Sperlings Best Places)

  Dripping Springs Texas U.S.
Median household income $83,555 $50,670 $50,935
Median home price $280,800 $114,100 $152,300
Cost of living (% of national avg) 119% 89% 100%
Unemployment 7% 8% 9%
Violent crime index (1 is lowest) 3 6 4


School Facts (www.dsisd.txed.net)

  • In the 2011 Texas state accountability ratings, all three elementary schools – Dripping Springs Elementary, Rooster Springs Elementary, and Walnut Springs Elementary – received the highest possible designation of Exemplary, while the high school, middle school and district were Recognized. Only 14.4 percent of campuses statewide were Exemplary.


  •  DSISD received the highest rating of “five stars” in the initial Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) report compiled by the Texas Comptroller’s Office, one of 43 public school districts and charter schools statewide (out of more than 1,250). The report measured academic progress and financial efficiency.  In 2011, Dripping Springs ISD followed up with a strong 4.5 star score.


  • Dripping Springs ISD is one of 367 school districts in the nation to be recognized by the College Board with a place on its “AP (Advanced Placement) Achievement List.” DSISD is the only school district in Texas to be honored with this award for two consecutive years.


  • Dripping Springs ISD has received the highest rating of “Superior” on the Texas FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) report every year since its inception. The rating measures the quality of school districts’ financial management and reporting.


  • Dripping Springs students at all grade levels consistently perform well on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. In 2011 the passing rate for DSISD students exceeded 90 percent on all 27 tests given at various grade levels in five subject areas, and at least 95 percent of students met the standard on 25 of 27 tests. Passing rates and the percentage of DSISD students hitting the Commended mark increased significantly since 2010.





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