Just a short 20 mile drive from Austin, Round Rock lies on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, and is nationally known as one of the most livable. Houses tend to be large, with many having four or more bedrooms.
Thanks to the rapid growth of Round Rock, there are many new neighborhoods in this city. In fact, there are dozens of named neighborhoods, some of which are gated, such as Arbor Place. Cat Hollow neighborhood is well established and sports large homes of up to 4,000 square feet. It has a community pool, greenbelt and grassy parks for quality family living. For active families who want an affordable option, the Avery Ranch neighborhood is tough to beat. Hiking and biking trails, sport courts, four community pools, an amphitheater and an 18 hole championship golf course top the list of amenities. Sports fans will love the Round Rock Express minor league baseball team, the skate park, and the Rockin’ River Family Aquatic Center. Schools in Round Rock win awards year after year, and the school district is considered one of the best in Texas. There are also several college campuses to choose from, for those seeking higher education.
Formerly a bedroom community of Austin, Round Rock now offers plentiful employment within its own city limits. In the mid- 1990s, the well-known computer company, Dell, moved its headquarters to Round Rock. It currently employs about 11,000 at its local facility. Other notable employers are Sears and IKEA. Major industries here are clean energy, manufacturing, biology and technology. Medical care is another major industry, with four medical centers or hospitals in the city. Of course, many people still choose to commute to Austin for employment. Interstate 35, and state highways 1, 45 and 130, make it easy to get around the city.