Amidst skyrocketing growth, Round Rock remains a charming, down-to-earth city to call home.
Amidst skyrocketing growth, Round Rock remains a charming, down-to-earth city to call home
Round Rock, 20 miles north of Downtown Austin, is a rarity among big-city suburbs—it's neither a sleepy bedroom community nor an overbuilt urban extension. Instead, this diverse city of nearly 120,000 residents has a personality all its own.
Named for, you guessed it, the round rock found in Brushy Creek along the banks where the city was initially settled, Round Rock dates back to the early 1850s.
A long way from those horse and wagon days, recent years have shown incredible growth within the city. Regularly lauded as one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, it's not difficult to understand the popularity.
From its low cost of living to expansive parks, to its recreational areas and exemplary schools, Round Rock has always been celebrated as a standout location to lay down roots. Even with its recent expansion as a major hub for economic growth, most notably as the headquarters of Dell Technologies, Round Rock manages to retain all the charm from its Chisholm Trail cattle post days.
Safe, diverse, and with opportunity popping up at every corner, Round Rock has cultivated a reputation as a relocation hotspot. You don't just move here and buy a house—you stay here and establish a home.
The median household income is a healthy $76,295, and it’s spread across all demographics. Need further proof? The city's age demographics are well balanced—31% of residents are 25 to 44 years old and 23% are 45 to 64 years old. Another 28% of residents include those under the age of 17.
Round Rock is indeed a city for all ages, reflecting not just a stable workforce, but a future generation set to grow Round Rock's prosperity even further
If you had the idea that Round Rock was just a sleepy little suburb north of the more cosmopolitan Austin, then it might be time to take another look.
Round Rock has grown into a major dining and entertainment hub, arguably the most happening city in Central Texas not named Austin or San Antonio.
is the main attraction, with an impressive list of establishments. These include the casual farm-to-table restaurant and Italian eatery .
Also located along Round Rock's celebrated Main Street is , which features live music. But it's not alone. , , and all serve up eclectic soundtracks nightly for patrons.
Round Rock is also a shopping destination. and feature name brands and local vendors. The city has a massive Bass Pro Shop store as well as Hill Country's only Ikea. Finally, just north of town are the , featuring over 125 well-known retailer outlet shops.
Most famously, Round Rock is home base for , the Triple-A baseball affiliate for the Houston Astros. Between April and September, home games at Dell Diamond are one of the hottest tickets anywhere in Austin.
Equally as charming as a day out at the ballpark is time spent in Round Rock's historic, bustling downtown area. Regular events include Yoga on the Plaza, Round Rock Market Days, Pop-Up Art Shows and Music on Main, and the popular Holiday Model Train Show.
However, given Round Rock's location, the outdoors play a central role in daily life. You can golf at or , soak in the sun and water at , or take in a wide array of recreational activities at the 645-acre .
Round Rock is home to the and several excellent public institutions. A few highlights include: