network of peopleWilliamson County is the home of the vibrant, diverse, and fast-growing communities of north Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Leander, Cedar Park, Hutto, and Taylor, Texas.

Local Resources

Explore businesses in the Austin-Round Rock area.

Stores

HEB • 3780 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock, TX 75573 • Ph: 512-246-3215

Hutto Food Mart • 206 HWY 79, Hutto, TX 78634 • Ph: 512-759-1024

Round Rock Premium Outlets

HEB Plus on A.W. Grimes

Wal-Mart Super Center • 4700 E. Palm Valley, Round Rock, TX 78665 • Ph: 512-218-1018

Wal-Mart Super Center • 3701 N. Main St, Taylor, TX 76574 • Ph: 512-352-5505

Target • 121 Louis Henna Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664 • Ph: 512-246-7677

Home Depot • 600 W Hwy 79, Hutto, TX 78634 • Ph: 512-759-3688

Lowes • 201 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634 • Ph: 512-846-1620

Hospitals

Scott and White Hutto • 120 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Ste B&E, Hutto, TX 78634 • Ph: 512-509-9500

Round Rock Medical Center • 1408 County Rd 134, Round Rock, TX 78634 • Ph: 512-759-2422

St. David’s Georgetown • Ph: 512-943-3000

Johns Community Hospital • 305 Mallard Lane, Taylor, TX 76574 • Ph 512-352-7611

St David’s Round Rock • Ph: 512-341-1000

Government Offices

Drivers License • 412 Vance St, Taylor, TX 76574 • Ph: 512-352-4160

Vehicle Registration/Tag & Title • 211 Commerce, Round Rock, TX 78664 • Ph: 512-943-1601

Voter Registration • Ph: 512-943-1630

Postal Information

Post Office • 101 Anthonly St, Hutto, TX 78634 • Ph: 1-800-275-8777

PostNet • 560 US 79 #A400, Hutto, TX 78634 • Ph: 512-846-1234

Williamson County

Williamson County has transformed over recent years into a dynamic self-sustaining community with less dependency on Austin. Major retail and commercial developments began appearing from 1999 to present, including the Rivery in Georgetown, and the Premium Outlet Mall, the IKEA-area retail, and La Frontera in Round Rock.

Health care and Higher Education have both become major factors in the growth of Williamson County as well. Another significant factor has been the opening in of the North Loop 1 toll road and Texas State Highway 45 toll road, which have made a major difference regarding the accessibility of Williamson County to and from Austin.

Austin TX

Austin is the capital of Texas, the fourth-largest city in Texas, and the fifteenth most populous city in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin has a population of 786,386.

The Austin–Round Rock area is home to many companies, high-tech and otherwise, including the headquarters of four Fortune 500 Companies: Whole Foods Market, Freescale Semiconductor, Forestar Group, and Dell. 

The city is home to development centers for many technology corporations and in the high-tech 1990′s adopted the nickname “Silicon Hills”. However, the current official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the area.

In recent years, many Austinites have also adopted the unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird“; this refers partly to the eclectic and liberal lifestyle of many Austin residents but is also the slogan for a campaign to preserve smaller local businesses.

Thousands of graduates each year from the engineering and computer science programs at The University of Texas at Austin provide a steady source of employees that help to fuel Austin’s technology and defense industry sectors.

High-tech companies with operations in Austin include 3M, Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Google, AMD, Applied Materials, Cirrus Logic, Cisco Systems, eBay/PayPal, Bioware, Blizzard Entertainment, Hoover’s, Intel Corporation, National Instruments, Samsung Group, Silicon Laboratories, Sun Microsystems, and United Devices.

The proliferation of technology companies has led to the region’s nickname, “the Silicon Hills”, and spurred development that greatly expanded the city. 

Austin is also emerging as a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. About 85 companies from this industry are based in Austin. The city was ranked by the Milken Institute as the #12 biotech and life science center in the United States.

In addition to global companies, Austin features a strong network of independent, locally owned firms and organizations. The success of these businesses reflects the high level of commitment by the citizens of Austin to preserving the unique spirit of the city.

Round Rock TX

With a population of 104,000, Round Rock, Texas is located 15 miles north of Austin in the Central Texas hill country.

The last ten years have witnessed an explosion of new luxury apartments in Round Rock TX to complement its growing commercial sector. Major employers include Dell, TECO-Westinghouse, Dresser and Hospira.

Round Rock TX was recently voted the 7th best place to live by Money Magazine.

Round Rock boasts three medical centers and a campus of Texas State University. There’s a lot of shopping, from an IKEA to a premium outlet mall, and a minor league baseball team, the Round Rock Express.

Residents enjoy more than 800 acres of open space, two golf courses and 64-mile-long Lake Travis, just west of the city.

Its combined property tax and utility rates are the lowest in the region. It has an award-winning park system,school district and is the No. 4 Safest City with a population of at least 100,000 population in the United States.

Round Rock TX is the eighth-fastest growing city 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. The City of 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.

Crime: Round Rock is ranked the No. 4 safest city with a population of 100,000 or more in the United States. In a 2010 survey of city residents, 81 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 (39.661 cents per $100 of valuation). Also, residents pay the lowest combined average monthly utility and tax costs in Central Texas, while achieving an 80 percent satisfaction rating from its utility customers.

Public Utilities: Round Rock’s water and wastewater rates are among the lowest in Central Texas, and the utility is also among the most reliable; the City has had mandatory water rationing only once during the past 25 years.

Traffic: The Round Rock City Council approved a Transportation Master Plan in January 1999 that is updated regularly.

Dell Diamond: The City of Round Rock’s stadium and conference center has drawn record crowds since opening in 2000. The ballpark is home to the Round Rock Express, the Triple A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Dell Diamond is the No. 1 ballpark in the country out of more than 200 parks according to the Fifth Annual Minor League News rankings.

Georgetown TX

Georgetown is the county seat of Williamson County with a population of 28,339.

Southwestern University, founded in 1840, is the oldest university in Texas and is located in Georgetown, about 1/2 mile east of the historic square.

Georgetown is called the “Red Poppy” Capital of Texas for the many red poppy (Papaver rhoeas) wildflowers planted throughout the city which bloom each Spring. Georgetown also holds a Red Poppy Festival in April each year. The festival brings in around 30,000 visitors each year.

The second largest economic development activity in Georgetown history was the selection in 1995 of Georgetown as the site for the first-ever Sun City location in Texas. As of 2010 approximately 11,500 people live in the massive 5,300-acre (and expanding) community, with an average net worth of over $1,000,000 per person.

The economic stimulus, creation of sales tax, banking and investment, and the high rate of community support and volunteerism has had an enormous effect on Georegetown according to recent studies.

Georgetown has retained a strong sense of community, first class civic features (The new public library, the Palace Theatre, etc.), Southwestern University, historic homes and districts, and a bi-weeky hometown newspaper—the Williamson County Sun—which all work together to create a sense of place that make people want to make Georgetown their home. Georgetown also has a high per capita level of college education, with many college professors (from Southwestern but also from the University of Texas) living here.