Located on US 79 between Round Rock and Taylor, Hutto is only twenty-five miles from the State Capitol.
Hutto, a community of 17,000 friendly people, is located in Williamson County, Texas on the eastern edge of the famous Hill Country Region. Hutto has exploded from a small town of 630 residents in 1990 to an eco- nomically vibrant community that expects to grow to 30,000 citizens within the next decade.
Less than 30 miles from downtown Austin and only 10 miles from Round Rock’s high tech manufacturing and assembly center, Hutto is the ideal lower cost alternative for many small and mid-size companies. Hutto is where site selection consultants and their clients have already discovered affordable real estate, a dynam- ic workforce at the ready, safe neighborhoods, quality schools, abundant recreational opportunities and an overall family and business friendly environment.
Whats with the Hippo?
Hutto is the only community in the United States to use the hippo as its mascot. There are several stories that explain how the hippopotamus became Hutto’s official mascot. The most popular tells of a circus train that stopped at the depot in 1915 most likely to take on passengers, pick up mail and water and feed the animals. During this historic stop, it is said that a hippo escaped and made its way to nearby Cottonwood Creek. Farmers and merchants watched in amusement as unsuccessful efforts were made to extricate the troublesome hippo from the muddy waters. Soon after the incident, the Hutto School adopted the hippo as its mascot.
In 2003, the Texas Legislature recognized Hutto as the “Official Hippo Capital of Texas.” The Hutto Chamber of Commerce arranged for a seven-ton concrete hippo named “Henrietta” to be placed along East Street in 1986. The fast-growing city of Hutto is also home to a herd of smaller concrete hippos which stand outside homes, businesses and public buildings as a symbol of community pride. Many are painted to reflect the unique character of the owner or business it represents
From Pre-School through College, Hutto offers access to excellent educational opportunities. For primary and secondary students, Hutto ISD covers 75 mile square miles and is one of the fastest growing districts in Central Texas. The University of Texas and several other area universities with a combined enrollement of over 140,000 provide an ample supply of well-educated workers to area employers. Within 200 miles of Austin, an additional 67 four-year colleges and universities enroll over 450,000 students. The newest addi- tion to Hutto is the East Wiliamson County Higher Education Center-Hutto Campus which includes Temple College, Texas State Technical College, and Texas A&M-Central.
Quality of Life
Hutto, Texas has undergone a transformation over the past decade from a sleepy, rural Texas farm town of 1,250 in the Year 2000 to one of Austin’s fastest growing suburbs. The impetus for Hutto’s exponential growth has been quality, affordable housing and quality public schools coupled with the opening of SH-130 on the new Central Texas Turnpike System. Low crime, quality schools, moderate taxes, and convenient access to the Austin region and state have resulted in honors such as Hutto being named one of the “Top 100 Places in Major Markets to Locate Your Business” by Southern Business & Development as well as a host of other accolades.
Known as one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, Hutto offers small-town charm with a convenient loca- tion in Central Texas. This Eastern-Williamson County community is just a short 27-mile drive northeast of downtown Austin and offers many attractions for the entire family.
Stroll through Old Town, the original boundaries for the City of Hutto. Many historic homes have been restored and are excellent examples of the small Swedish farming community that established the town in 1911. Old Town also has a great collection of unique restaurants and shops within the Hutto Commercial Historic District. Everything is close by and easily accessed on foot or by car.
Hutto’s strategic location near Austin and Round Rock offers residents access to a multitude of entertain- ment and recreational opportunities. The City of Hutto offers 4 community parks and a Splash Pad. A new 25,000 square foot YMCA was recently completed.
Slow down, relax and come visit us… you’ll find out why Hutto is a great place to live, work and visit!