The city Kyle is located 20 mi (32 km) south of downtown Austin, and 50 mi northeast of San Antonio on I-35.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.3 square miles, of which, 19.2 mi2 of it is land and 0.1 mi2 is covered by water.
The City of Kyle is served by the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, with high school students attending either Jack C. Hays High School or Lehman High School (Texas). Austin Community College Hays Center opened in 2014.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located 25 mi north of Kyle, the San Marcos Municipal Airport is located 12 mi to the south, and San Antonio International Airport is 52 mi to the south. Residents have access to the newly completed I-45 toll road and FM 150, FM 1626, SH 21, and SH 123. The Mo PAC rail line runs through downtown Kyle. The Amtrak passenger train has a stop 10 mi south of Kyle in San Marcos.
Kyle was founded by Captain Fergus Kyle in 1881. The site was chosen because of its proximity to the International – Great Northern Railroad line.From 1892 to 1901, Kyle was home to the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Katherine Anne Porter. Many of her most famous short stories, such as “Noon Wine”, are set in locations in and around Kyle. Her former home is now a writer’s residence open to the public by appointment. The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center hosts readings by visiting writers.