In 1851, a small community settled around a large round rock, which served as a low water crossing for wagons, cattle, etc. This settlement later came to be known as Round Rock in the honor of this famous rock. Round Rock is located 15 miles north of Austin in the Central Texas hill country. The city extends to both sides of the Balcones Escarpment fault line to the east side, which is characterized by fertile, black soil and the west side of Round Rock consists of mostly hilly terrain with low fertility. In 2008, a popular magazine survey named Round Rock as the seventh-finest American small city in which to live. Currently, Round Rock is the eighth fastest growing cities in the U.S. The city offers high quality of life with its infrastructure, economic growth, public services, and excellent school district.
The city prides itself for its long term planning and vision for community growth and has won several accolades for the same. It strives to provide entrepreneurs, researchers, educators and other creative professionals the best amenities for settlement in the city in order to develop a rich, socially diverse culture and lifestyle. Tax abatement, Freeport exemptions, foreign trade zone, and many more incentives are offered to attract business and talent to the city. The Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) ranks among the finest school districts in the state of Texas. The students of RRISD regularly win honors at the National Math Pentathlon, Scholastic's Read and other academic competitions. The city also offers great higher education opportunities. In 2008, Texas State University, Austin Community College and Temple College collaborated to build the first Round Rock Higher Education Center campus, the Avery Building, to provide a broad range of educational programs and specialized training to aspiring students.
In 2010, Round Rock also ranked as the 9th safest city in US to live in with a population of more than 100,000. The city also offers a low cost of living to its residents. Its property tax rate, average monthly utility, and other taxes are the lowest in the Central Texas with a satisfaction rating of 80% from its utility consumers. Round Rock also has quality health care services, sprawling retail shopping avenues, multi-cuisine restaurants, and beautiful parks and neighborhoods. Round Rock, TX yellow pages and Round Rock, TX business directory are the best sources to look for local shopping, dining, businesses, and other venues and amenities in the city.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan