Round Rock, Texas, with a population of about 104,446 (2008 census estimate), is located 15 miles north of Austin in Williamson County. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that Round Rock was the second fastest growing city in the nation in the twelve months prior to July 2008, with a population growth of 8.6 percent. The city has maintained high quality of life while becoming a major center for economic development in Central Texas.
Major employers include Dell, Farmers Insurance Group, Round Rock Premium Outlets, Ikea, Cintas, TECO/Westinghouse, Sears Teleserv Customer Care Network and Cypress Semiconductor. Its combined property tax and utility rates are the lowest in the region. It has an award-winning park system, school district and is the 13th Safest City in the United States. Round Rock was ranked No. 7 on MONEY magazine’s list of Best Places to Live in 2008.
The City of Round Rock's stadium and conference center has drawn record crowds since opening in 2000. The ballpark is home to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the American League Champion Texas Rangers. The Dell Diamond is the No. 1 ballpark in the country out of more than 200 parks according to the Fifth Annual Minor League News rankings. It was named top Double A stadium by Baseball America in 2004.
Williamson County, recently named one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, is located just north of Travis County which contains the state capitol of Austin. Physically, the eastern part of the county is level black land soil and the western part rolling limestone hills, all drained by the San Gabriel River and tributaries. The county was organized in 1848 and named for Robert M. Williamson, pioneer leader and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. The county has a lively history including Comanches, outlaws, Texas Rangers, the Chisholm Trail, cowboys and sturdy pioneers. Williamson County is blessed with a mild climate offering more than 300 sunny days each year, affordable housing, a low cost of living, clean air and beautiful scenic vistas.
Today the County is a center for agribusiness, education, high-tech industry and medicine. To keep pace with population growth, several new hospitals and physicians offices have opened in the last year.
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