Round Rock turns heads
The City of Round Rock has achieved prominence as one of the best cities in Texas with numerous awards and accolades to its credit. Below is a list of some of the honors it has received.
Williamson County ranked as fastest-growing county in U.S.
Williamson County topped Forbes Magazine's list of America's Fastest-Growing Counties in September 2013. "The population of Williamson County, on the outskirts of Austin, has expanded 7.94% since 2010, the strongest growth in the nation over that period ... over the past 25 years the countyâ€™s residents have enjoyed the Lone Star stateâ€™s fastest rate of income growth and the sixth-highest in the nation. With a strong tech scene â€“ Dell is headquartered in the Williamson town of Round Rock â€” the county has increased employment by 73% since 2000, the third highest rate in the country."
Austin-Round Rock ranks second in list of best-performing cities
The Austin-Round Rock area ranked second in the Milken Institute's list of Best-Performing Cities in America for 2012. The area moved up from fourth in 2011. The Best Performing Cities index includes both long-term (five years) and short-term (one year) measurements of employment and salary growth. Austin and Round Rock were singled out because of technology companies like Dell, Apple and IBM and expansion plans by Samsung.
One of CNBC's Top 10 Perfect Suburbs
What makes a perfect suburb? CNBC.com asked that question in 2011 and Round Rock made the list at No. 8 because of a Metro area unemployment rate of 7.0 percent, median house value of $224,011, and its ranking as one of the safest communities in the United States.
One of America's Safest Cities
For the seventh consecutive year, Round Rock ranks among the safest cities in the country, and No. 11 safest among cities greater than 100,000 population. Round Rock ranked No. 29 overall in the 2011 survey, which includes cities population 75,000 and greater, based on FBI statistics.
Austin-Round Rock area ranked second most innovative city by Forbs.com
The Austin-Round Rock area placed second on Forbs.com's 2010 list of American's Most Innovative Cities. For the ranking, Forbs used data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to determine number of patents per capita along with ratios of high-tch, science and "creative" jobs.
Best Towns for Families
In 2010, Family Circle's annual survey ranked Round Rock among the Top 10 Towns for Families. The survey ranks cities on affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public school systems and giving spirits.
No. 7 on Best Places to Live
In 2008, Round Rock landed at No. 7 on MONEY magazine's list of Americaâ€™s Best Places to Live, its annual ranking of Americaâ€™s most livable towns.
No. 6 on Best Places to Live, Work and Play
Kiplinger's Personal Finance in May 2008 released its rankings of best places to live, work and play, and the Austin-Round Rock metro area ranked No. 6. According to Kiplinger's, the ranking looks for places with "strong economies and abundant jobs, then demand reasonable living costs and plenty of fun things to do."
Bond rating among best
The City of Round Rock bond rating was upgraded by Moodyâ€™s and Standard & Poorâ€™s in 2008. The upgrade is expected to result in $2 million in savings on the bond transactions the City Council approved at its July 12, 2007, meeting.
The Austin-Round Rock metro area is ranked No. 5 in the United States among the Best Cities for Relocating Families, according to a national study (PDF). Best Cities for Relocating Families, conducted by Primacy and Worldwide ERCÂ®, focuses on the ease with which a family can move to a new city and settle into a new life.
In January 2007, the City of Round Rock was selected in a national competition as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. Americaâ€™s Promise â€” The Alliance for Youth conducted the competition to honor communities across America for their commitment to provide healthy, safe and caring environments for young people. Round Rock was selected out of hundreds of communities in the U.S. and its territories.