Round Rock holds a place as one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and one of the best managed cities in Texas. The city has maintained high quality of life while becoming a major center for economic development in Central Texas. Round Rock is known for its award‐winning master plan, park system and school district as well as for having some of the lowest crime, property tax and utility rates in Texas. As the international headquarters for Dell, which employs around 16,000 people, Round Rock has grown from the bedroom community that characterized it in the 90s into an economic super suburb with other major employers including Farmers Insurance Group and Cypress Semiconductor.
With all this growth, a single-family home in Round Rock still costs approximately 8 percent less than it would in nearby Austin. Public education in the area continues to exceed standards, with the Texas Accountability System rating 18 schools as exemplary and 15 as recognized in 2011. Also, the Round Rock Higher Education Center offers degree programs and continuing education from Texas State University, Austin Community College and Temple College. The Texas A&M Health Sciences has also expanded into Williamson County and offers degrees in medicine, nursing and pharmacy education at their Round Rock campus.
Home to the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, Round Rock offers ample outdoor entertainment. Aside from baseball at the Dell Diamond, residents enjoy numerous surrounding lakes, parks, and hike and bike trails. Round Rock is also home to several award winning golf courses. IKEA, Round Rock Premium Outlets and La Frontera provide just a few of the shopping opportunities in the area. The Sam Bass Community Theater and the Palm House Museum offer a chance to sample local culture. Also, the sense of local community lives through many festivals and fairs such as Taste of Round Rock, Frontier Days, Fiesta Amistad. If you plan to spend much time in Austin, expect traffic on the I-35 commute or avoid the traffic by utilizing the
Downtown Round Rock was the site of an historic gunfight and subsequent capture (and death) of the 19th-century American train robber Sam Bass by the Texas Ranger Division on July 19, 1878. This shootout is re-created each year at the July 4 ‘Frontier Days’ Celebration in Old Settlers Park. Bass is buried in Round Rock Cemetery, located northwest of “Old Town” on Sam Bass Road. His original headstone can be found on display at the Round Rock Public Library.
Another piece of Round Rock history is Chisholm Trail which was used in the 19th century to drive cattle overland from ranches in Texas to Kansas. Chisholm Trail Crossing Park was developed to preserve the memory of this history and give visitors a simulated scene of the historical role Round Rock played in the Chisholm Cattle Drive.