Located just 17 minutes from downtown Austin, Texas, Cedar Park is well-established. The community was founded in 1887 and incorporated as a city in 1973. Now the third largest city in the Austin area with a population exceeding 54,000 within its city limits, the City of Cedar Park attracts residents from all over the globe because of its unique charm, close proximity to Austin and the Texas Hill Country, and the beauty surrounding the Lower Colorado River Lake System. Cedar Park has 860 acres of park space and there is truly something for everyone here. If you like hiking, bicycling, water sports, live music, fine wine, great food, shopping, or any other activity, you will find in or very close to Cedar Park.
Education and Workforce
Cedar Park was just ranked number four on Movoto’s list for Best Small Cities for Education in America and is locat- ed in the exemplary-rated Leander Independent School District, and is home to the Austin Community College Cypress Creek campus. There are other institutions for higher learning located near Cedar Park including the University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University, Southwestern University Georgetown, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward’s University, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, and Texas State University Round Rock Campus.
More than two-thirds of Cedar Park citizens have at least some college education and nearly half hold a four-year degree or better. The largest portion of our population is under the age of 40 years old and the median household income is $74,156.
The national online real estate brokerage firm Movato has named Cedar Park the Fifth Most Desirable Suburb in the Country in terms of amenities, cost of living, education, unemployment, household income, and safety. We are one of Family Circle Magazine Ten Best Towns for Families and Forbes Magazine has identified Cedar Park as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Suburbs. Security corporation SafeWise recently ranked Cedar Park near the top of its 50 Safest Cities in Texas list, and for several years Cedar Park has had one of the lowest crime rates for cities of its size in Texas according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual Crime in Texas Report.
Ready for some fun? Take a ride on a vintage train, visit caves, splash and zip across Lake Travis, visit our wineries, and enjoy the excitement of professional hockey and basketball all within the same weekend! Need a more relaxing pace? Enjoy golfing, shopping, dining, and observe nature while staying in the beautiful city of Cedar Park.
Austin Steam Train
Catch the train, catch the fun Climb aboard one of Austin Steam Train’s vintage flyers for an adventure that perfectly blends the past with the present. Punch your ticket any weekend of the year for a ride on the Bertram Flyer or Hill Country Flyer, and enjoy seeing Hill Country from a different vantage point. Up for a little excitement during your stay? Look into themed excursions such as a murder mystery night train or a Thomas the Tank Engine outing.
Cedar Park Recreation Center
Year-round activities for indoor fun With 47,500 square feet of indoor space, the Cedar Park Recreation Center is perfect for year-round fun, rain or shine. Housing two competition sized basketball courts, a comprehensive cardio/weight area, multiple group fitness rooms, several game rooms, an elevated walking/jogging track, a variety of meeting rooms and even babysitting services, this state-of-the-art facility is what we like to call an epicenter of activity.
Brushy Creek Trail
Breath in some fresh air and explore the great outdoors at Brushy Creek Trail. Run, walk or bike your way along 6.75 scenic miles or step off the well-paved path and explore one of six parks positioned not far from the trail. From water activities such as canoeing and fishing to disc golf and rock climbing, the opportunity for adventure abounds whether you are on the trail or in the parks.
Texas Stars Champions of the Ice
Cool the fever all season long with a home-ice advantage. As the primary affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the 2014 Calder Cup Champions, the AHL’s Texas Stars are a force to be seen. Grab some seats near the ice and watch as these stars on ice defend their title and keep the puck flying till it’s game over.
Veteran’s Memorial Park
A swimming good time. Dip your toes or make a splash at the 8,500 square foot outdoor family aquatic facility. Relax along the shore of the zero depth beach or slide into fun at the kid-friendly playscape. Serious swimmers can take a lap or practice their diving technique. Thinking about bringing your four-legged friend? A 5-acre dog park with pond gives Fido a chance to enjoy a little fun in the sun. When you’re ready to dry off, you’ll find outdoor courts and an amphitheater ready to entertain you.
Cedar Park Center
Cedar Park Center, which is operated by Texas Stars, L.P., broke ground in June of 2008 and opened for business on September 25, 2009 when legendary country music artist George Strait performed in front of a sold-out crowd during the Grand Opening Celebration.
Cedar Park Center is a multi-purpose venue with various seating configurations for variety of events. The capacity for Texas Stars Hockey games is 6,800 and the capacity for entertainment events can range from 2,500 for theatre style events up to 8,700 guests for concerts. The spacious arena floor can accommodate seminars, banquets, and exhibition/trade shows and there are spaces throughout Cedar Park Center which can accommodate business meetings and parties.
When you shop and dine in Cedar Park, 2 cents of every dollar you spend stays in Cedar Park. It helps fund our parks, roads, and other city services. Plus it helps bring better quality, higher paying jobs to Cedar Park. It helps keep our property tax rate low and our quality of life high.
Texas has no personal or corporate income tax and the City of Cedar Park adds to that beneficial business climate by offering potential tax abatements, reduction of fees, infrastructure extensions, and loans or grants. In addition, a number of financial incentives are available for business that join or expand in our community. These are based on capital investment, job creation, and sales tax generation, as well as how a particular business may enhance other prospects for the area.
The City’s Economic Development Corporation works with the community and businesses to offer additional incentives as well. Add to that the city’s sound fiscal leadership, which has helped steer the city’s successful growth and it is clear that Cedar Park is a highly attractive region.