Granite Shoals, Texas
Granite Shoals is a city in Burnet County, Texas, United States. The 2010 census population was 4,910.
Granite Shoals is located in southwestern Burnet County.. This is 7 miles (11 km) west of Marble Falls and 56 miles (90 km) northwest of downtown Austin, on a bend on the east shore of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, originally named Lake Granite Shoals. . It takes its name from the granite shoals that were evident on the Colorado River before the construction of Wirtz Dam and Lake Granite Shoals. Granite Shoals was developed as a lake resort but became an incorporated community in the 1960s. Its population doubled from 300 in the late 1960s to 634 in the early 1980s and again by 1990 to 1,378. By 2000 the population was 2,040.
According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2010, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.7 km2), of which 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2), or 20.25%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,040 people, 825 households, and 593 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 86.57% White, 1.13% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 10.44% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.18% of the population. By 2013 popukltaion more than doubled to 4,910 and the percentage of Hispanic residents had increased to 45%, while the percentage of white residents decreased to slightly more than 50%.
Granite Shoals was incorporated as a city by a vote of area residents in 1966. The original city comprised various sections of the Sherwood Shores subdivision, which was at the time the largest platted subdivision in the state of Texas. The Sherwood Shores subdivisions were created from the Phillips, Naumann and Ebeling ranches in 1962. In November 2005, residents voted to adopt a home rule charter to govern the city. In 2006, the city hired its first city manager.
The major industry in Granite Shoals is granite mining, and the city is popular with lake enthusiasts with its 18 city parks, 14 of which are located on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson. The city's municipal complex is home to the Andy Roddick Foundation International Tennis Center, a planned center of 18 adult courts and at least two QuickStart courts for kids. The QuickStart courts became operational in 2010, and fundraising events are in place for the remainder of the center. In 2011, the city received a grant to fund the Leonel Manzano Hike, Bike and Run Trails at its municipal complex, which will have 2-mile and 1/2-mile trails. Leonel Manzano grew up in Granite Shoals. The city is undergoing strong growth with the opening of a new bank and several new stores.
Students in Granite Shoals attend schools in the Marble Falls Independent School District, with elementary students attending Highland Lakes Elementary School in Granite Shoals, and middle and high school students travelling six miles to neighboring Marble Falls.