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Founded in 1877 as a result of railroad construction, Converse provided an economical means to ship cotton to eastern markets. In its early days, the City was almost exclusively a community of hard- working and prosperous German cotton and corn farmers who were often aided by willing Mexican laborers. In addition to its contribution to the cotton industry of America, Converse was also home to a small but important group of German Scientists that were brought to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip, following WWII.
In 2005, the Department of Defense received Congressional authorization for a Base Realignment and Closure Round. Under the BRAC Joint Basing Recommendation for San Antonio, installation support functions at the Army’s Fort Sam Houston were combined with those at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases under a single organization to form what is the largest joint base in the DoD.
The Air Force is the lead agency for Joint Base San Antonio, comprising three primary locations at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph plus 8 other operating locations and more than 200 mission partners.
The Air Force established the 502nd Air Base Wing to provide installation support across all JBSA locations and its Air Force commander also serves as the JBSA commander.
The 502nd ABW became the host unit for Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, and Randolph AFB. While all three installations and Camp Bullis (supported by Fort Sam Houston) made up JBSA, none shared a fence line, and each maintained its long and distinguished historical identity.
The City borders JBSA Randolph, and is home to many military families and Department of Defense Civilians who work at one of the many military installations around San Antonio.
The Judson Independent School District serves most of Converse and is home to approximately 24,000 students. There are 19 Elementary Schools, 6 Middle Schools, 5 High Schools, and 1 Alternative Campus in the District. The JISD encompasses 55.87 square miles and currently serves the incorporated cities of Converse, Kirby, and Selma as well as portions of Live Oak, Universal City, San Antonio, and Schertz. The Judson Independent School District is the fourth largest school district in Bexar County. The district is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency. Want to learn more? Visit the Judson ISD website at https://www.judsonisd.org
Living in Converse
General Info and Statistics
Looking to move to Converse , TX? We’ve got everything you want to know about the key factors that could make this the best place for you, including real estate to buy or rent. Let’s start with the basics: Converse , TX is located in Bexar County . It has a population of 20,450, and we have a cool link below that shows the city’s ethnic diversity, as well as other important facts and figures.
What about cost of living in Converse , TX? The median income in Converse , TX is $62,481 and the median home value is $128,000, which should give you a pretty good idea of its affordability. Converse is also the perfect place to break in your new shoes, due to its walkability of 19.95 (out of 100)!
Things To Do and Eat
Fun activities open to the community and top rated places to dine
The City is host to many fun activities and events throughout the year. The biggest parties of the year include the 4th of July Party, and the renowned Night In Ole Converse, which draws visitors from all over South-Central Texas. In addition to the big events, there are dozens of community events going on every month. There is something for everyone – singles, families, indoor programs, outdoor activities, sports, and more! Not sure what you want to check out? Start with the events calendar link https://www.conversetx.net/calendar.aspx
Bayseas Restaurant – 9207 Converse Business Ln
Rocket’s Feed – 9135 Schaefer Rd