Dripping Springs is a city in Hays County, Texas, United States. It is located west of Austin, the state capital. The population was 1,788 at the 2010 census, and had risen to an estimated 4,667 as of 2018.
Dripping Springs is in northern Hays County at 30°11′31″N 98°05′07″W (30.191998, -98.085382). It is on U.S. Route 290, which leads east 23 miles (37 km) to Austin and west 24 miles (39 km) to Johnson City.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.0 km2), all land. Most of the city drains southwest to Onion Creek, an east-flowing tributary of the Colorado River.
The town bills itself as the "Gateway to the Hill Country," referring to the 25-county region known as the Texas Hill Country.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Dripping Springs has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.
As of the census of 2010, 1,788 people, 662 households, and 455 families resided in the town. The population density was 468.7 people per square mile (181.1/km2).