Round Rock, Texas is one of the fastest growing and best-managed cities in Texas. The city has maintained a high quality of life while becoming a major center for economic development in Central Texas. The city is known for its award-winning master plan, park system and school district as well as for having some of the lowest crime, property tax and utility rates in Texas.
Round Rock ISD At-a-Glance
Round Rock Independent School District covers 110 square miles encompassing high-tech manufacturing and urban retail centers, suburban neighborhoods, and farm and ranch land. Roughly 45,000 students attend the district’s five high schools, 10 middle schools, 32 elementary schools, and two alternative learning centers. During the past five years, the number of students has increased 15%, and enrollment continues to grow by more than 1,200 students per year. The district employs more than 5,500 area residents.
Round Rock ISD’s robust articulation and dual-credit agreement with Austin Community College creates a smooth transition to multiple career pathways from high school to community college and allows all students the option to earn college credit while in high school. The collaboration of ACC and Round Rock ISD lays the groundwork in high school for a profession in the fields of engineering, medicine, business and many others by helping students accelerate their career goals.
In addition to the Texas State University – Round Rock, Austin Community College – Round Rock, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Round Rock is in close proximity to several top-ranked colleges, including The University of Texas, all of which guarantees a pipeline of motivated, highly educated employees.
Nicknamed the “Sports Capital of Texas”, Round Rock’s athletic facilities are some of the best in the nation. Round Rock is home to the Triple AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers – the Round Rock Express – and is close to a number of collegiate teams including the University of Texas, Concordia University and Texas State University. Round Rock is also a leader in amateur, youth and recreational sports. The city has numerous stadiums, fields, tracks, gyms, courses and courts for every level of sportsmanship.
Avery Ranch Golf Club was named “Best Overall Course, Best Clubhouse, Best Dining Area, Best Par 4’s, Best Par 5’s, Best Closing Hole, and Best Cart Girls” by Avid Golfer Magazine. Avery Ranch is a 226 acre, 7,121 yard, 18-hole championship public course.
Forest Creek Golf Club, a 7,147 yard golf course that has been nationally recognized as one of the finest public courses in Central Texas.
Teravista Golf Course, the 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Floridian George Clifton, and is considered one of the premier golf courses in Central Texas.
In addition to sports, Round Rock host scores of retailers offering everything from apparel to beauty products to home decor. Shop at any one of the city’s retail centers such as La Frontera, Round Rock Crossing, Boardwalk or at the quaint specialty shops right in the heart of historic downtown. Round Rock has a broad collection of department stores and specialty shops. With the addition of IKEA and Round Rock Premium Outlets, there are well over 400 stores and restaurants.
Round Rock’s location makes it a convenient and affordable place to stay for the Formula One race, Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, and other major events. It is a short drive from Austin- Bergstrom International Airport, and three highways come through the city.
Round Rock is home to two dozen hotels, a tremendous array of delicious dining options, and lots of parks. You’ll also enjoy the rich history of the city, from the historic round rock for which the city is named, to the cemetery where outlaw Sam Bass and officer AW Grimes are buried, and the downtown district, where century-old buildings are adorned with plaques that explain their history. Round Rock’s downtown plaza was just modernized and upgraded in 2012, and the Centennial Plaza outdoor events and concert stage was opened in 2013.
Surround yourself with fashion, food, and baseball in the “Sports Capital of Texas”. With a distinctive collection of shopping, dining and entertainment, it’s no wonder that visitors from across Texas find Round Rock to be one of their favorite suburban attractions. Located 15 miles north of downtown Austin, Round Rock is the best destination for leisure guests, groups, reunions, and business travelers.
- Round Rock ranked the #1 City in Texas to get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck by SaveOnEnergy.com (2014).
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos ranks first in Bloomberg’s Top 12 American Boomtowns (2013).
- Round Rock ranks in top of America’s 10 Best Suburbs by Movoto Real Estate (2013).
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos ranked 9th Most International Economy in U.S. by Brookings Institute (2013).
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos named America’s 20 Fastest Growing City by Forbes (2013).
- Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department awarded the National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (2013).
- Round Rock Ranked 2nd Fastest-Growing City according to US Census Bureau (2012).
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Ranked 11th for Economic and Job Growth by Area Development (2012).
- Forbes Names Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA Best Big City for Jobs (2012).
- Round Rock Ranked No. 2 safest among Texas cities greater than 100,000 population, No. 11 in the nation (2012).
- Round Rock Named One of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities by MSN Real Estate (2012).
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA Ranked #1 for Best Big City for Jobs by Forbes (2012).
- Round Rock Named 11th Safest City in US by CQ Press (2012)…
- MSN Real Estate placed Round Rock in their top 15 fastest-growing cities (2012).
Best Cities for Relocating Families
Round Rock is the nation’s second fastest growing city (according to the Census Bureau), and with good reason. It is one of the safest cities in the country, with high-quality schools and great parks and recreation programs. Round Rock is the largest city in Williamson County, which is the number 2 healthiest county in Texas, as ranked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the cost of living is less than the national average. All of that makes it a great place to raise a family, pursue an education, or retire.
Local community theatre, movies in the park, live music and local festivals are not only entertainment for Round Rock’s families but are a key element in the cultural health of the city. Also, nearby Austin is a cultural mecca with year-round events, dozens of theaters, a professional symphony, ballet and opera, art museums, galleries, gardens, and more. Round Rock Arts and the ACE (Arts, Culture and Education) Subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce help coordinate and publicize the many arts offerings that are of particular interest to visitors. These include live theatre, orchestral and popular music, sculpture and painting, and much more.
Round Rock’s major employers span a range of industries, from technology to health care to education to services to advanced manufacturing. In 2012, the Milken Institute named Austin-Round Rock the second best-performing region in the country. And also in 2012, the Texas Municipal Utility Association honored Round Rock with the Outstanding Municipal Utility Award.
Round Rock is one of the most highly educated cities in the nation, with nearly 40% of residents holding at least a bachelor’s degree and 72% having some post-secondary education. We also boast a strong work ethic: low absenteeism and turnover rates underscore the commitment and motivation of our residents and continually draw businesses seeking the best and brightest employees.
Moreover, we are also ideally located for business in Central Texas, with highway access, proximity to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and easy access to the state Capitol and all of the amenities of Austin.
A thriving economy. Pro-business attitude. Talented workforce. Outstanding quality of life. This is Round Rock, Texas, recently named the second “best performing city” in the country by the Milken Institute. Discover why industry leaders such as Dell and Toppan Photomasks call Round Rock home. Why baseball legend Nolan Ryan chose us for his AAA baseball club, the Round Rock Express. And why Round Rock ranks at the top of every national study for our strong economy, relocation opportunities, safety and education and much more. Discover what Round Rock can offer you.