Buda is a city in Hays County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,343 residents in 2010.Buda is part of the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area and one of Austin’s fastest growing suburbs.
Because of its close proximity to Austin, Texas, Buda is a suburb and commuter town for commuters to Austin. Commercial development along the I-35 corridor, such as the Cabela’s sporting good store, has increased city sales tax revenue, and city leaders hope that further revitalization of downtown Buda will attract tourists and residents to the Main Street area.
Buda attracts national attention for its light-hearted wiener dog races, which is organized every April by the Buda Lions Club.
Rooster Teeth Productions, the creators of the machinima series Red vs. Blue and The Strangerhood, had its office in Buda until moving back to Austin.
In 2009, the Buda City Council approved the city to become a member of the Film Friendly Texas Program, an organization which trains community leaders about the film production process and how to effectively facilitate filming requests.
Buda is a home rule city with a council-manager form of government. Other governmental entities include the Buda Planning and Zoning Commission, the Historical Commission, the Parks Commission, the Board of Adjustments and the Economic Development Corporation. Citizen Groups active in local politics include the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce and the Buda Downtown Merchants Association.
In November 2007, Buda citizens adopted a home rule charter by a margin of 77.85 percent, allowing the city to transition from general law to home rule.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,404 people, 866 households, and 685 families residing in the city. Based on utility hook-ups, the city estimated its 2008 population to be in excess of 5,000 residents.