Round Rock is a thriving city that has become a major center for economic development in Central Texas, while cultivating an excellent quality of life. We are home to global companies and thousands of innovative small businesses, but it is our award-winning schools, healthcare, and fine neighborhoods that really make Round Rock a great place to call home.
Just 15 miles away from downtown Austin, our residents enjoy all the conveniences of a big city plus the closeness and atmosphere of a small town. Round Rock is the one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and one of the best-managed cities in Texas. The city has maintained a high standard of living while becoming a major center for economic growth in Central Texas, with industry clusters in clean energy, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and computer/software development.
As the winner of the prestigious Comprehensive Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and a 3CMA Savvy Award for Community Visioning, the city prides itself on its long-term planning.
In a 2014 survey of city residents, 93 percent of respondents said they felt “safe” or “very safe” overall, with 90 percent saying they felt safe in downtown (21 points higher than the national rating) and 86 percent felt safe in city parks (21 points higher than the national rating).
The city has a dozen transportation projects under construction. The City Council approved a Transportation Master Plan in January 1999 that is updated regularly. The city’s Transportation Capital Improvement Plan contains $415 million worth of projects. The city’s half-cent sales tax levy for transportation will pay for $125 million of that total.
Work and Play
At 120,892 people in 2016, Round Rock is able to maintain a small-town, business-friendly atmosphere while still catering to resident global businesses. Major employers include
- Sears Teleserv
- Texas Guaranteed Student Loan.
The City of Round Rock has brilliantly configured their infrastructure to incorporate the needs of their city and created activity centers for families and individuals of all ages. The crown jewel of the city's park system, Old Settler's Park, is expansive and multi-purposeful. It encompasses all of the outdoor sporting needs people may have, from open green space to baseball/softball fields, soccer, football, and even disc golf fields! The city continues to grow its offerings and now has batting cages, tennis courts, nature trails, and BBQ pits to make any day outdoors complete.
With nearly 40 percent of Round Rock’s workforce being college-educated, plus access to quality public schools and five higher education campuses including a medical school, you’ll find employees that can fit all of your needs. The highly-acclaimed Round Rock Independent School District provides a world-class education to more than 46,000 students.
Round Rock has a wide array of hospitals and extensive healthcare services. Many of these facilities also serve North Austin and the greater Central Texas area.
As a major component of the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area, Round Rock has a true workforce and transportation connectivity advantage. Within 200 miles lies a population pool of over 19.1 million people. It is this employee access that allows employers to continue to find qualified talent to fill their opening, even with an unemployment rate that continues to be among the lowest in the region and certainly much lower than the U.S. average.
When the Texas heat calls for fun in the water, Rock'N River Water Park is right there adjacent to Old Settler's Park. The park is a perfect way to beat the heat and have fun in the sun. Coming soon will also be Kalahari Resorts, an indoor family waterpark, resort, and convention center. This African-themed resort will be located across the Dell Diamond and will be equipped with guest rooms, full-service amenities, fitness centers, on-site restaurants, unique retail shops, and more! Now is the time to make the move to North Austin!
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