Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

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Round Rock is a city located in Travis and Williamson Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. A part of the nowrap|Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, its population was 61,136 at the 2000 census. The 2005 census estimate placed the population at 86,316. []

In August 2008, Money Magazine named Round Rock as the 7th best American small city to live in. [] Money based this ranking on an estimated annual income of $85,809 per household, and job growth of 45.15% from 2000-2007 (well above the 18.6% National average). Round Rock was the only Texas city to make the Top 10.

According to the 2008 ratings from the Texas Education Agency [] , the Round Rock Independent School District [] ranks among the best in the state. Of 42 schools within RRISD, 12 were rated exemplary and 11 are recognized. The majority of academic strengths are within the elementary schools, as Canyon Vista MS [] was the only non-primary school to receive an exemplary rating, and Westwood HS [] was the only non-primary school to receive the recognized rating. No RRISD schools received an academically unacceptable rating.

Round Rock has been represented in the Texas House of Representatives since 1993 by the departing Republican member Mike Krusee, who has been considered an authority on transportation issues.

Former Round Rock City Council member Tedford Williamson (born 1957) is the scion of a Louisiana-based political family whose service dates back to the early 1930s.


In 1851 a small community was formed on the banks of Brushy Creek, near a large round rock located in the middle of the creek. This round rock marked a convenient low-water crossing for wagons, horses and cattle. The first postmaster called the community Brushy Creek, but in 1854 the small settlement was renamed Round Rock in honor of this now famous rock. The "round rock" is located near Chisholm Trail Street in the middle of Brushy Creek. After the Civil War, Jesse Chisholm began to move cattle from South Texas through Round Rock, on the way to Abilene, Kansas. The route he established, which crossed Brushy Creek at the round rock became known as the Chisholm Trail. Most of the old buildings, including the old Saint Charles Hotel are still there today. This historic area is now called "Old Town." [ [ City of Round Rock - History ] ]

Downtown Round Rock is the site of the gunfight and subsequent capture (then death) of the nineteenth-century American train robber, Sam Bass, by the Texas Ranger Division on July 19, 1878. The event is known locally as the "Sam Bass Shootout." This shootout is recreated each year in Downtown Round Rock. 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. [ [ City of Round Rock - Sam Bass ] ]

Infamous con man Soapy Smith lived in Round Rock and claimed to have witnessed the Sam Bass shootout. It was in this city that Soapy started his criminal career.


Round Rock is home to the Class AAA Pacific Coast League minor league baseball team Round Rock Express, which is owned by (and named for) Nolan Ryan. Games are played at the Dell Diamond.

Round Rock opened a free public skate park in 2007. The 14,000 square foot park is located behind the Clay Madsen Recreation Center on Gattis School Road. The grand opening ceremonies were postponed three times due to inclement weather and construction delays, but were finally held on July 20, 2007. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed-up with trick competitions, giveaways by Mustache Skateboards, and music from Infinity Audio-Mobile DJs. [ [ "Round Rock Skate Park"] , accessed August 11, 2007.]

Round Rock is the self-proclaimed [ "Sports Capital of Texas"] .


Round Rock is located at coor dms|30|30|54|N|97|40|21|W|city (30.514865, -97.672561)GR|1, 17 miles (27 km) north of Austin, and 10 miles (16 km) south of Georgetown. Elevation 709ft

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68.0 km²), of which, 26.1 square miles (67.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.50%) is water. [ [ Round Rock (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau ] ]


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 61,136 people, 21,076 households, and 15,933 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,339.1 people per square mile (903.0/km²). There were 21,766 housing units at an average density of 832.8/sq mi (321.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.76% White, 7.72% African American, 0.50% Native American, 2.89% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 9.47% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.10% of the population.

There were 21,076 households out of which 47.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.29. The median price for a house in Round Rock in 2006 was $150,322.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 38.8% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

According to a 2006 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $70,305, and the median income for a family was $81,521. [] Males had a median income of $41,971 versus $30,807 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,911. About 2.8% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


The corporate headquarters for Dell, Inc. is located in Round Rock. Round Rock has more than 20 major employers [ [ Round Rock Chamber of Commerce: Major Employers ] ] including: Toppan Photomasks, Sears Customer Care, Texas Guaranteed Student Loans, Cintas, and TECO/Westinghouse.


External links

* [ Williamson County Historical Commission page on Round Rock]
* [ City of Round Rock] website at
* Round Rock [ Chamber of Commerce]
* [ Round Rock Weather and Climate Data]

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