Leander, TX – Williamson County

Population 31,717 // Official Website // Schools

Leander is located 5 miles north of Austin in Williamson County, on the northeast edge of Texas Hill Country. Leander was originally called Bagdad when people first settled there around 1845, after receiving bounty land grants for their service in the Texas Revolution. They were attracted to the area’s abundant water and timber resources. Due to frequent attacks by Indians, the Texas Rangers were brought in for protection. A building was constructed to house 60 men, and was one of the first buildings in Williamson County.

With residents growing most of their own food, farming was soon a way of life. Being a stop along the stagecoach line between Austin and Lampasas, goods could be delivered to the settlers from Austin. When lots were sold by the railroad and the town was officially established in 1882, it was renamed Leander in honor of railroad official Leander Brown.
Farming and ranching continued to be the main focus in Leander.

In the late 1960’s the population was still around 300. The city started to see exponential growth in the 1980’s, which reached over 3,000 residents by the 1990’s. More and more homes and schools were being built and businesses were moving in to satisfy resident demand. Affordable housing and an exceptional education system have been primary draws to Leander. Recreation has not been overlooked, however; you will find an impressive 18-hole golf course here, as well as plentiful activities available on Lake Travis.

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