Round Rock, TX – Williamson County

Population 109,821 // Official Website // Schools

Round Rock is located 15 miles north of downtown Austin in Williamson County. The city was originally established about 1850 and was then called Brushy Creek, due to its location on the north bank of Brushy Creek, where blacksmith Jacob M. Harrell had a shop in 1848. The name was changed to Round Rock in 1854 after a large round rock in the bed of Brushy Creek, where Harrell used to sit when he was fishing in the creek. Soon the railroad arrived and with it came a number of businesses, including offices, hotels, a lime plant, a broom factory, and several newspapers. Round Rock prospered. In 1878 the infamous outlaw Sam Bass came to Round Rock; that same year he was involved in a shootout in which he was captured and subsequently died. He is commemorated at Round Rock’s annual Frontier Days celebration.

For the first part of the 20th century, Round Rock’s population remained stable. As the town began to grow in the 1960’s, much care was taken to preserve and restore the old limestone structures of “Old” Round Rock. In the 1970’s, the town became a site for manufacture and industry, attracting larger numbers of residents who were drawn to the region by Austin’s expansion. Round Rock doubled in population between 1990 and 2000, and today it is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. It is also one of the best managed cities in the nation, having won the prestigious Comprehensive Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, as well as a 3CMA Savvy Award for Community Visioning. In addition, the City of Round Rock has been honored with accolades from Money Magazine, who called Round Rock the 7th Best Place to Live and one of America’s safest cities.

A thriving and stable economy and efficient local government attract many new residents to Round Rock each year. Its combined property tax and utility rates are among the lowest in the region. Round Rock is also home to major employers Dell, TECO-Westinghouse, Hospira and Dresser.

Residents enjoy Round Rock’s award-winning park system, with 34 parks covering 1700 acres of green space and trails. Old Settlers Park is the most well-known, with 570 acres of beautiful rolling countryside where local events and festivals are held. There are also dedicated parks including the Dog Depot Dog Park, the Play for All Abilities Park and Shaylah Dame Skate Park. The city has two golf clubs, as well as two recreation centers. The Clay Madsen Recreation Center is a 50,500-square-foot facility with two basketball courts, indoor swimming pool, weight room, aerobics classes and more. The Allen R Baca Center for Senior and Community Activities hosts programs for adults ages 50 and up with an arts-and-crafts room, computer lab, dance room, workout room, lunchroom, kitchen and patio. There are also three outdoor municipal swimming pools. The Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center is a 40,481-square-foot park, complete with a lazy river, crazy slides and a water playground. The pirate ship at Micki Krebsbach Pool is a 26 foot long water adventure that has wet and wild climbing angles, 2 slides and water cannons… fun for the whole family!

Round Rock has two park plazas in Downtown, Prete Main Street Plaza and Centennial Plaza, where many community events are held throughout the year. An award-winning Public Library can also be found downtown on Main Street. ArtSpace, also located in the center of town, hosts regular exhibits.

The city is not called the Sports Capital of Texas for nothing. The Dell Diamond, Round Rock’s stadium and conference center, has drawn record crowds since opening in 2000. The ballpark is home to the Round Rock Express, the Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers baseball team.

Round Rock is a city that loves to celebrate! There is always something happening about town, from the many holiday festivities to Movies in the Park to Round Rock Cultural Fest. Come see what all the fuss is about!

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