Three Rivers, Texas

According to, Three Rivers, Texas is situated in the southern portion of Live Oak County. The geography of the city is flat and consists mainly of prairies and mesquite trees. Three Rivers experiences a hot, semi-arid climate with summer temperatures averaging in the mid-90s and winter temperatures averaging in the mid-50s.

The history of Three Rivers dates back to 1829 when it was first settled by a group of pioneers. In 1883, it was incorporated as a town and underwent several name changes until finally being named Three Rivers in 1921 after its location at the junction of the Frio, Nueces, and Atascosa rivers.

Politically, Three Rivers is represented by members of both major parties at both state and federal levels. It has a mayor-council form of government with five council members elected to two-year terms.

The economy of Three Rivers is mainly driven by agriculture, oil production, tourism, construction, retail trade, healthcare services, and manufacturing. The city also benefits from its proximity to San Antonio which provides employment opportunities for residents who commute there daily for work.

Three Rivers has several schools which include three elementary schools (K-4th), one middle school (5th – 8th) and one high school (9th – 12th). Higher education opportunities are available through nearby colleges such as Southwest Texas Junior College located in nearby Uvalde or Texas A&M University located in College Station.

Notable landmarks around Three Rivers include Choke Canyon State Park which offers camping sites along with access to boating activities on Lake Amistad or Choke Canyon Reservoir; Lake Corpus Christi State Park where visitors can enjoy fishing; Historic Downtown Square; Frio River; as well as numerous ranches that offer horseback riding tours through scenic landscapes.

Population: 1,878. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,764 (-6.1% change)
Males: 891 (47.4%), Females: 987 (52.6%)

Live Oak County

Zip code: 78071

Median resident age: 36.0 years
Median household income: $27,188
Median house value: $42,000

Races in Three Rivers:

  • Hispanic (50.4%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (47.9%)
  • Other race (14.0%)
  • Two or more races (2.4%)
  • American Indian (0.6%)
  • Black (0.5%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (11.0%), United States (7.9%), Irish (7.8%), English (3.9%), French (2.7%), Scotch-Irish (1.2%).

Land area: 1.4 square miles

Three Rivers, Texas


Three Rivers, Texas is a small town located in South Texas. The population of Three Rivers is just over 5,000 people. It is a quiet, rural town that is known for its tight-knit community and natural beauty. The majority of the population is Hispanic or Latino, with almost 88% of the population identifying as such. The second largest ethnic group in Three Rivers is White, accounting for 8% of the total population. African American and Native American residents make up 3% and 1% respectively.

The median age in Three Rivers is 33 years old with a median household income of $37,000 per year. About 28% of households have children under the age of 18 living in them, and nearly 25% are married couples living together. The unemployment rate here is 7%, which is slightly above the national average. Education wise, about 81% have earned a high school diploma or equivalent while only 11% have received at least some college education or higher.

In terms of religion, Catholicism makes up the majority with over 71% identifying as such followed by Protestantism at 17%. There are also smaller groups that make up the religious demographic such as Baptist (4%), Methodist (3%), and other Christian denominations (2%).

For population 25 years and over in Three Rivers

  • High school or higher: 62.1%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Unemployed: 7.1%
  • Mean travel time to work: 24.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Three Rivers city

  • Never married: 22.4%
  • Now married: 53.5%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 10.3%
  • Divorced: 11.5%

4.4% Foreign born (3.9% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: -98 (-5.0%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Three Rivers:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Three Rivers:

  • CORPUS CHRISTI INTL (about 68 miles; CORPUS CHRISTI, TX; Abbreviation: CRP)
  • LACKLAND AFB (KELLY FLD ANNEX) (about 69 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Abbreviation: SKF)
  • SAN ANTONIO INTL (about 76 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Abbreviation: SAT)

Other public-use airports nearest to Three Rivers:

  • LIVE OAK COUNTY (about 10 miles; GEORGE WEST, TX; Abbreviation: 8T6)
  • BEEVILLE MUNI (about 29 miles; BEEVILLE, TX; Abbreviation: 3R0)
  • KARNES COUNTY (about 34 miles; KENEDY, TX; Abbreviation: 2R9)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Three Rivers:

  • COASTAL BEND COLLEGE (about 30 miles; BEEVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,150)
  • PALO ALTO COLLEGE (about 65 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,623)
  • ST PHILIPS COLLEGE (about 68 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,778)
  • OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY-SAN ANTONIO (about 70 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,312)
  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY-KINGSVILLE (about 71 miles; KINGSVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,860)
  • SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE (about 72 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 11,226)
  • TRINITY UNIVERSITY (about 72 miles; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,474)


Public high school in Three Rivers:

  • THREE RIVERS H S (Students: 210; Location: 108 N SCHOOL RD; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Three Rivers:

  • THREE RIVERS EL (Students: 311; Location: 108 N SCHOOL RD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • THREE RIVERS MIDDLE (Students: 174; Location: 108 N SCHOOL RD; Grades: 06 – 08)