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Even small towns can have a big impact! With just over half a million people, Williamson County creates a feeling of home to numerous families and individuals in Central Texas. In fact, according to the 2016 Texas Relocation Report, Williamson County is the second highest county in Texas with the highest net inflow in 2016. Williamson County is also the seventh-fastest-growing county in the nation. With smart growth and strong economy, Williamson County is often ranked in many other national listings as providing a safe, vibrant and affordable place to live. 

Again this year, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Austin (the northern part, which is in Williamson County) as America’s best city to live in, as part of its annual rankings of the 100 largest cities in the country. Additionally, Round Rock, Williamson County’s largest city, was designated the 16th most livable city in the nation by Niche, which takes into account quality of schools, crime rate, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities. Clearly, life is good here. And more and more people are discovering this.

From a quaint rural area, Williamson County has doubled its population in the last decade and is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. It is no longer a sleepy bedroom suburb north of Austin; it’s a thriving community with major employers and amenities, but one that offers its residents the chance to get away from it all.

Williamson County straddles a transition zone where Texas Blackland Prairie, with its rich, fertile farmland, gives way to the Upland of the Texas Hill Country, with its undulating, rocky terrain which features hardwood trees, rivers and vistas. Bisecting the county from north to south (essentially along I-35) is the Balcones Escarpment, the surface expression of the Balcones Fault, which has cliffs, hills and caves. Running through the center of the county is the San Gabriel River and underneath it, the Edwards Aquifer, fed by rainwater percolating through the porous, honeycombed limestone of the area.

All this scenic topography, together with generally pleasant weather, means the folks of Williamson County get to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Even if you’re not interested in golfing, hunting, hiking or fishing, it’s delightful to sip a latte on an outdoor patio, gather with friends for a backyard barbeque or picnic in some of the finest parks in Texas. With about 228 sunny days a year, an average January low of 37 degrees and an average July high of 95, the weather is mostly warm and welcoming.

But there’s lots to do inside, too. The numerous excellent institutions of higher learning are a breeding ground for a lively arts scene. Many artists, arts supporters and art councils and projects work to ensure an enriching cultural life. Perhaps inspired by the local scenic beauty, visual and performance artists, and musicians abound. There are a multitude of performance spaces, artistic schools, and museums, so it’s easy to be inspired.

Yes, families are flocking to Williamson County, with its opportunities for employment, exemplary school districts, major medical centers, institutions of higher education, well-managed communities and award-winning park systems. It offers an outstanding quality of life in an urban, small-town or country setting.

Starting in the middle of the southern border of Williamson County, there is a thick concentration of people, but this thins out as you progress outward to the borders of the county. The communities range from the urban frenzy of Austin, which spills into Williamson County from the south, to the city of Round Rock, to smaller cities like Cedar Park and Georgetown, to charming towns like Leander, Taylor and Hutto, to rural villages, and beyond to vast open spaces of ranch and farmland. 

In Williamson County, newcomers have choices. There are stunning new residential developments with all the latest features and amenities, established tree-lined neighborhoods and quaint historic homes. But there are also working and gentlemen’s ranches, farms, and tracts with water frontage or hilltop views. You can have a backyard on the 18th green or a smart home with a golf cart in the garage. There are master-planned communities with handsome custom homes and communities of the year. And there are lots for sale of a half an acre to hundreds of acres.

But all are situated in a setting of natural beauty with easy access to work, school and play.

Related Links

Williamson County Website

Williamson County Website

Within the county’s website, you find all the links to employment, elections, vehicle registration, elected officials, rules and regulations, and much more. Take some time to get to know Williamson County!

Williamson County Newcomer & Relocation Guide

Williamson County Newcomer & Relocation Guide

Thinking about relocating to Williamson County? This guide has it all! From city profiles to education, shopping, transportation, getting settled, and more, you can find all you need to know about your new home community!

Williamson County Census

Williamson County Census

Easy to access information from the United States Census Department all about Williamson County. Information includes social, economic, housing, and demographic characteristics and estimates.

Williamson County Profile

Williamson County Profile

Population, education, infrastructure and more information about Williamson County brought to you by the County Information Program and the Texas Association of Counties

Williamson County Demographics

Williamson County Demographics

Information from City-Data.com about all things Williamson County. Data includes population, land usage, real estate, etc. This site will allow you to dive deeper into The WC and find info about each specific city.

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