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Round Rock is a city located in Travis and Williamson counties in the state of Texas. It is part of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area. The 2009 census estimate places the population at 105,412.

Originally, the City of Round Rock was not named Round Rock. The initial settlement of Brushy (as the town was originally called) was located near the banks of Brushy Creek by the round rock. Located about 20 miles north of downtown Austin, Round Rock shares a common border with Austin at SH 45.

In August 2008, Money magazine named Round Rock as the seventh-best American small city in which to live. Money based this ranking on an estimated annual income of $85,809 per household, and job growth of 45.15% from 2000–2007.

Round Rock has a strong public education system. According to the 2008 ratings from the Texas Education Agency, the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) ranks among the best in the state. Of 42 schools within it, twelve were rated exemplary and eleven are recognized. No RRISD school received an academically unacceptable rating.

Round Rock is perhaps best known as the international headquarters of Dell, which employs approximately 16,000 people at its Round Rock facilities. The city boasts three medical centers, the Texas A&M Health Science Center campus, a Texas State University campus and an Austin Community College campus.

The City of Round Rock has maintained a high quality of life 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.

Round Rock has more than twenty major employers including: Toppan Photomasks, Sears Customer Care, Ikea, Round Rock Premium Outlets, KoMiCo Technology Inc., Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp (TGSL), Cintas, Dresser, Hospira, and TECO-Westinghouse, Cerilliant Corporation and Dell.

Dell is a multinational computer and information technology corporation based in Round Rock, which develops, sells and supports computers and related products and services. The company employees about 16,000 people in the Round Rock facilities and about 96,000 people worldwide.

Round Rock’s largest commercial and office business center is La Frontera is located at the intersection of Loop 1, SH 45 and IH-35. La Frontera combines multi-tenant offices, company headquarter facilities, 1,000,000 square feet (90,000 m2) of retail, and several apartment complexes and other smaller retail and housing centers. The project also includes Williamson County’s only major hotel, the Austin North Marriot, which provides space for large conferences, meetings and banquets. In 2006, a retail-only hub opened in Round Rock at the corner of Interstate 35 and University Boulevard: The major retailer center includes the Simon Property Group’s Premium Outlets Mall, across the street is IKEA, REI, and Specs as well as numerous other retail stores and restaurants.

According to the 2009 U.S Census Bureau:
The median household income was $69,892
The median family income was $79,417
For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 96.3 men
The average household size was 2.87
The average family size was 3.29
The median house price was $155,587

According to the US Census Bureau as of July 2009, the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area had 1,705,075 people. It is one of the five fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

Round Rock has been ranked as the safest city in Texas for two years in a row and the 13th safest city in the U.S., according to a national survey of crime statistics of cities with a population of 75,000 or more. It has experienced strong and steady population growth over the past two decades, with an anticipated increase of 22% from 2010 to 2015. It has been featured on lists like CNN’s “Best Places to Live 2010,” Family Circle’s “10 Best Towns for Families,” and the America’s Promise Alliance’s “100 Best Communities for Young People.”

Round Rock has a wide array of hospitals and extensive health care services. Many of these facilities serve not only Round Rock, but the greater Williamson county area, as well as North Austin.

Saint David’s Round Rock Medical Center was the first major hospital in Round Rock, opening its doors as Round Rock Hospital in 1984. It is a for-profit hospital and part of the extensive St. David’s system.

Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple opened a satellite hospital in Round Rock in 2008. It is located on University Boulevard. Scott & White is a for-profit company based in Temple. They have numerous clinics through Williamson County and Travis County. Scott & White has been rated one of the top 100 heart hospitals in the nation.

Seton Williamson is the newest hospital in Round Rock, opening in 2009 on University Boulevard. Seton is a “non-profit” company and part of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul.

In December 2009 Texas A&M opened the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock. The facility also houses administrative offices, classrooms and a 33,000 square feet Lone Star Circle of Care clinic, where health care students will train. It is the first of up to seventeen expected buildings on the campus. Texas State University also opened the St. David’s School of Nursing at its Round Rock campus in late 2010.

Round Rock has 34 developed
parks gracing over 1700 acres and trail corridors. Old Settlers Park is the crown jewel, offering a generous 570 acres of rolling countryside for local events and festivals. The City also has three outdoor municipal swimming pools open in the summer and an indoor pool at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center which host special events for children and swim lessons.

The city has two recreation centers, the Clay Madsen Recreation Center, a 50,500-square-foot facility with two basketball courts, weight room, aerobics classes, indoor swimming pool and more and the Allen R Baca Center for Senior and Community Activities hosts programs for adults ages 50 and up with an arts-and-crafts room, lunchroom, kitchen, computer lab, patio, workout room and dance room.

State Highway 45 is part of an eventual loop that runs east from State Highway 183 in Cedar Park to 130 at Pflugerville (east of Round Rock) where it merges with the SH 130 toll road, and then intersects with the southern portion of SH 45 near Buda, south of Austin. SH 45 passes through the entire southern portion of Round Rock. Highway 45 provides much faster access between Round Rock and Austin, alleviating what was previously a major bottleneck at Interstate 35. The project includes a tolled extension to Loop 1 (also known locally as the “Mopac Expressway”) and allows direct access from to I-35 to Loop 1 by use of flyover connections rather than ground level intersections. Together, both toll roads significantly improve mobility in Round Rock in a positive manner.

Round Rock Independent School District, is located in southern Williamson County and northwest Travis County.
In 2009-2010, roughly 43,000 students attend the district’s four high schools, nine middle schools, 30 elementary schools, one ninth grade center and two alternative learning centers.

During the past five years, the number of students has increased by nearly 14%, and enrollment continues to grow by more than 1,200 students per year. In August 2010 the district will open its fifth high school, a ninth center will revert to a middle school and the district’s 31st Elementary, will open in the Stone Oak subdivision.

The average student-teacher ratio for RRISD is 14.7. The annual dropout rate for students in grades 7 – 12 is 1.1% and more than 77% of the district’s graduating seniors take the SAT and ACT college entrance exams, scoring well above state and national averages. The property tax rates are significantly higher than the national average, and the schools’ performance reflects the tax dollars invested. The average SAT score is 1,628 while the state average is 1,462 and the average ACT score is 24.0 while the state average is 20.8.

In November 2006, the first segment of the region’s first toll road system opened. Both State Highway 130 and State Highway 45 toll roads run through portions of Round Rock and provide greatly increased mobility to the city. State Highway 130 runs just south of Austin Bergstrom International Airport at US Highway 183 and connects to Interstate 35 north of Georgetown, and passes through the easternmost portion of Round Rock. It provides Round Rock residents with quick access to the Austin airport for about $6 each way. The project, when completed, will end at Interstate 10 just east of Seguin, about 30 miles east-northeast of San Antonio essentially creating a parallel roadway to Interstate 35.

Annual Events:
Batstravaganza Fun Run and Family Festival
Fiesta Amistad
Hairy Man Festival
Fall Fun Festival
Daffodil Festival
July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration
Outlaw Trail Cycling Tour
Round Rock the Boat Regatta
Texas Road Rash Inline Skate Marathon
Daddy Daughter Dance
Easter Egg Hunt
5K for Clay
Reindeer Run
Rockin’ Around the Holidays Bazaar
Christmas Family Night

In the annual report released July 30, 2010 the Round Rock Independent School District received the highest possible rating (“Exemplary”) for twenty five of its schools, the highest number so rated in any of the suburban districts in Central Texas. These schools are: Westwood High School. Canyon Vista, Walsh, and Cedar Valley middle schools. Spicewood, Forest North, Caraway, Brushy Creek, Laurel Mountain, Fern Bluff, Canyon Creek, Great Oaks, Teravista, Cactus Ranch, Sommer, Deep Wood, Robertson, Pond Springs, Live Oak, Old Town, Jollyville, Forest Creek, Blackland Prairie, Union Hill and Gattis elementary schools.

Round Rock also has a number of higher education opportunities targeted to help educate students for work at local companies, such as Dell, which had specialized needs. By the end of 2009 1,700 students were enrolled in the programs.

The city is home to the new Texas A&M Health Science Center Round Rock which opened its doors December 2010.

In August 2010 Austin Community College’s largest campus in their system, opened adjacent to the Texas State University center. ACC is currently constructing five buildings with a total of 250,000 square feet to accommodate up to 5,000 students in its first phase. All three campuses are adjacent to each other within the burgeoning Avery Farms development.

The newest component of higher education was the opening of the St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University. It is housed within the University’s College of Health Professions. Other programs that are offered by the Round Rock branch of Texas State University are health information management, health services research, and physical therapy.

Round Rock is home to the AAA minor league baseball team Round Rock Express, owned by RSR Sports (Nolan Ryan, Don Sanders, Reid Ryan) and was founded by Reid Ryan, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. As of August 2010 Nolan Ryan is also the new owner of the major league Texas Rangers ball club. Home games for the Round Rock Express are played at the Dell Diamond, a facility that is owned by the City of Round Rock and leased long-term to RSR Sports who run and maintain the facility.

Round Rock opened a free public skate park in 2007 behind the Clay Madsen Recreation Center on Gattis School Road.

Round Rock is the self-proclaimed “Sports Capital of Texas.” The City’s Old Settlers Park offers a professionally designed disc golf course, cricket, twenty-field baseball complex, five-field softball complex, and seven soccer facilities in addition to the Rockin’ River Family Aquatic Center.

If you like Round Rock you might also be interested in Pflugerville, Georgetown or Cedar Park.

Contact Tiffany’s Properties of Austin, Texas for more information about Round Rock Real Estate.

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