Round Rock, Texas, with a population of around 100,000, is located 15 miles north of Austin in the Central Texas hill country. Round Rock is the 31st largest City in Texas, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.
Major employers include Dell, TECO-Westinghouse, Dresser and Hospira. Its combined property tax and utility rates are among the lowest in the region. It has an award-winning park system, school district and is the one of the safest cities with a population of at least 100,000 population in the United States.
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 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.
Planning: 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.
Crime: Round Rock has been ranked the one of the safest cities with a population of 100,000 or more in the United States since 2007. In a 2012 survey of city residents, 86 percent of respondents said they felt safe walking alone in their neighborhood at night (13 points higher than national rating), 88 percent said they felt safe in Downtown (20 points higher than the national rating) and 83 percent felt safe in City Parks (19 points higher than national rating).
Cost of living: The City of Round Rock’s property tax rate is one of the lowest in the region. Also, residents pay one of the lowest combined average monthly utility and tax costs in Central Texas, while achieving an 80 percent satisfaction rating from its utility customers. Round Rock has the lowest ACCRA composite cost of living index rating among the three largest cities in the metro area.
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Water color, odor issue resolved
Many areas in Round Rock have been experiencing unusual taste, odor and/or color in the drinking water. While these issues are unpleasant, they do not pose a health hazard.
The City’s water treatment plant has been producing color- and odor-free water since around noon Wednesday, July 8, but there is still some of the discolored water working its way through our distribution system.
The presence of manganese caused the issue, due to recent flooding rains that affected water quality in our surface water sources. We monitor the water in our system closely and test results indicate the water is safe to drink.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.