Floresville is a vibrant and growing community and the county seat of Wilson County, Texas. Situated strategically outside of San Antonio and just north of the oil and gas discoveries in the Eagle Ford Shale region, Floresville provides a culturally diverse home for an ever-growing number of residents looking to escape some of the big city bustle for a more intimate community.

Our city has a long history of being a great place to visit and a wonderful place to live. The natural beauty of the land, richness of the soil, availability of water, and strategic geographic position, make Floresville a desirable location for both residents and businesses.


History

Floresville’s strategic location has been evident since the early days of the Spanish settlers who established missions and ranchos along the San Antonio River, and created supply routes between the Gulf Coast and settlements to the north—San Antonio and beyond. While the very earliest known residents of the area were Native American Indians, discovery and settlement by Europeans in the 18th century added Spanish vaqueros and priests, often living, worshiping, and working alongside the Native Americans in some of the earliest ranching operations in Texas.

Spanish missionaries baptizing Native Americans

Spanish missionaries baptizing Native Americans (Wikipedia/Public Domain)

The San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad depot in Floresville.

The San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad depot (Texas Transportation Museum)

Floresville (originally named Lodi) was founded in 1867, established as the Wilson County seat in 1873, and incorporated in 1890. Floresville is named after Don Francisco Flores de Abrego, an early settler from the Canary Islands. In 1886, Floresville became the first town reached by the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad, further driving growth well into the 1950s.

Today’s citizens of Floresville reflect the diversity of the past and take full advantage of Floresville’s historic and cultural influences, making the city a unique point on the way to the future.


Economy & Industry

Industry in the Floresville area has historically centered around agricultural products, primarily peanuts, cattle, cotton, and small grain. Floresville’s nickname, Peanut Capital of Texas, and the annual Peanut Festival reflect the tradition of agriculture.

Peanuts growing in irrigated field

Peanuts growing in irrigated field

Completed Oil and Gas Wells in Eagle Ford Shale region near Floresville, Texas

Completed oil and gas wells in Eagle Ford Shale region near Floresville

In recent years, the economy of Floresville has become increasingly service- and energy-oriented. This shift has been driven in part by proximity to rapidly growing San Antonio (25 minutes to the north); significant oil and gas discoveries in the region of South Texas known as Eagle Ford Shale (just to the south); and steady growth of retail businesses (particularly along the US 181 corridor) serving area residents. Regional offices of Fortune 500 energy companies Halliburton, Baker-Hughes, and Weatherford, are within 30 minutes from Floresville. The city of Floresville works with the Floresville Economic Development Corporation and the Floresville Chamber of Commerce to maintain a positive business climate to foster more opportunities.

While Floresville continues rapid growth and expansion in the 21st century, area residents feel it is important to reflect on the past, maintain the character of our historic downtown business sector, and appreciate cultural influences and the diversity of our city.

Peanut on courthouse lawn in Floresville

Peanut sculpture on courthouse lawn

House in Floresville, Texas

Home in Floresville

City Data

7,321

Population

+26.1%

Growth (2000-15)

5.73

Area (sq mi)

Demographics

Median Age
39.6
Households
2,205
Businesses
944
Workforce
3,167
Median Household Income
$43,125

Location & Geography

Latitude
28°8'11``N
Longitude
98°9'28``W
Elevation
390 ft
January Temperatures
65°/36°
July Temperatures
96°/75°
Annual Precipitation
29.4 inches
Annual Days of Sunshine
300

Government

Government Type
Home Rule Municipality
City Council Members
6
Police
18
City Zoning Body
Yes
Master Plan
Yes

Utilities & Services


Floresville Map

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