Accolades

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 recognition it has received.

No. 5 best place to buy a house

Best city in America to buy a house in 2019? Niche, a company that researches and collects reviews on cities, ranked Round Rock No. 5. The researchers considered multiple factors in determining the ranking, including a location’s home values, taxes, crime rates, and the quality of local schools.

Round Rock named top choice for sports events planners

Talk about a big win for the Sports Capital of Texas! SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, announced that the Round Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has been recognized as a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award winner.

City earns second AAA bond rating

The City of Round Rock earned an upgrade to AAA – the highest credit rating possible – in October 2018. The upgrade marked the second time in less than a year the City’s fiscal worthiness has been recognized with an AAA rating. Round Rock is one of only eight cities in Texas with AAA ratings for both General Obligation (GO) and Utility debt. There are 36 Texas cities with an AAA rating for GO debt, which is supported by property taxes.

Round Rock ranked No. 2 best baseball town

Talk about a hometown home run! Round Rock was named the No. 2 “Best Minor League Baseball Town” in 2018 by financial technology company, SmartAsset. The ranking has included Round Rock each year since its initial publication, coming in at No. 1 in 2015 and 2016, and No. 2 in 2017. In April 2018, Baseball America ranked Dell Diamond as No. 4 on a list of the top Minor League Baseball parks. The rankings were compiled with a focus on one simple question: “In all of your travels, which park would you be most likely to return to if you were a fan?” The publication lauded the Fireball Grill, serving up burgers made with beef raised on owner Nolan Ryan’s farm, as well as the venue’s spa party area and rocking chairs.

City earns highest honor for financial reporting

In August 2018, the City of Round Rock was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its most recent comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents “a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” according to the GFOA.

Round Rock ranks among top cities for living the American dream

The sky’s the limit in Round Rock, which in 2018 ranked as one of the top cities nationwide to live out the American Dream. Round Rock ranked No. 5 on the list compiled by SmartAsset. The financial technology company based its 2018 findings on homeownership rate, diversity rate, upward mobility rate, median home value and unemployment rate. Round Rock scored in the top third of cities in four out of the five metrics.

Round Rock rates safest city in Texas, No. 5 in nation

Niche, a company that researches and collects reviews on cities, pinpointed the safest cities in the country in a 2018 ranking, and Round Rock ranks No. 5. The researchers analyzed public crime data — including larceny, vehicular theft, and homicide rates — from sources like the U.S. Census and the FBI. They also considered over 100 million reviews from users, who rated how safe they feel in their cities. The only other Texas city to make the top 10 was Plano, at No. 9.

Round Rock ranks No. 13 on “Best Cities to Raise a Family”

Quality schools, fun events, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are just a few reasons Round Rock is a great community to raise kids, and data used in a recent study proves that we’re among the top family-friendly communities in the nation. Niche, an organization dedicated to “providing students, families, and professionals with deep insight into big life decisions,” ranked Round Rock No. 13 on their recent list of the 2018 “Best Cities to Raise a Family.” The rankings took into account the quality of Round Rock’s public school system and also factored in affordability, safety, outdoor activities and more.

No. 3 best city in America to start a family

One kid might be cryin’ and one kid screamin’, but at least when you’re in Round Rock, you’ve got the peace of mind that you picked one of the best places in America to raise that crazy family of yours! Yep, that’s right. Round Rock has once again found itself atop a city ranking, and this time, it’s for something that’s near and dear to our hometown heart – family.

In its latest study, LendEDU ranked Round Rock the No. 3 best city in the nation to start a family.

Williamson County ranked 4th-healthiest county in Texas

Residents have access to high-quality clinical care, high quality of life ratings and low unemployment to promote healthy lifestyles.

Round Rock ranked No. 4 among “Best Affordable Places to Live” in America

Livablity.com’s editors looked at cities across the country, evaluating not only cost of living but its own LivScore. According to the editors:

“Most Round Rock residents spend less than 28 percent of their salaries on housing and about seven percent less on groceries and utilities than the average American, according to The Council for Community and Economic Research. Health care and other living expenses hover at or below the national average as well, leaving residents with plenty of money to enjoy the many things there are to do in and around Round Rock.”

Round Rock ranked 9th fastest growing city in America

Round Rock has again been ranked one of the fastest growing cities in America. This time by Zippia.

Their analysis looked at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey, which is released by the U.S. Census Bureau annually. With this data, all 303 cities with populations of 100,000 or more were ranked from highest growth rate to lowest.

No. 12 best city for your retirement

Bankrate.com used the following criteria to rank the top American cities for retirement: cost of living; crime rate (violent and property crimes); walkability; health care quality; state and local tax burden; personal well-being for seniors; weather (temperature and precipitation); and the vitality of the local cultural scene. Round Rock ranked No. 12, tops in Texas.

Round Rock listed among nation’s coolest suburbs

Thrillest deemed Round Rock one of the “coolest suburbs” in America for 2015, noting our burgeoning foodie scene as a major selling point for folks looking to settle down.

“Cheaper land comes with some serious culinary perks, including the first brick-and-mortar locations of both crazy-popular taco truck Veracruz All Natural (opening April 22nd) and Svante’s Stuffed Burgers. Combine that with upscale chains like Hopdoddy, and more classic RR spots like Greenhouse Craft Food and Round Rock donuts, a minor league baseball stadium, and a Flix Brewhouse (“the only first-run movie theater in the world to incorporate a fully functioning microbrewery”).”

Round Rock named among America’s most caring suburbs

Round Rock is the 8th most caring suburb in America, according to the Movoto Real Estate Blog in January 2015. The blog editors looked at the suburb’s student-counselor ratio, crime rate, number of community services and mental health counselors and other criteria when putting together the list. According to the blog, “this little city just outside of Austin shows almost as much love as its bigger neighbor. Not only does it have a student to counselor ratio of just 15 to 1, but it also—somewhat surprisingly—has some of the most carpooling residents in the country.”

 

Round Rock among top 10 fastest growing economies

Some cities have the best of everything: the jobs, the schools, the museums, the nightlife, you name it. They know the recipe for attractiveness. Round Rock is one of those cities, according to a recent study of socioeconomic growth by WalletHub released in September 2015. The company compared 515 U.S. cities of varying sizes across 10 key metrics, ranging from population growth to unemployment rate decrease. Round Rock ranked No. 10 overall.

 

 

Greater Austin Area named 2nd Best Metro Area for STEM Professionals

In January 2015, WalletHub.com named the Austin-Round Rock Area the 2nd Best Metro Area for STEM Professionals — science, technology, engineering and math.

 

Round Rock ranks No. 6 best mid-sized city in U.S. to raise children

Round Rock ranks No. 6 among mid-size cities in the United States as the best place to raise children, according to a recently released analysis. Mylife.com, which published the rankings on Aug. 5, 2014.

Round Rock named Cheapest City People Want to Live

Round Rock was ranked the “cheapest city you will want to live in” by Kiplinger in September 2014, citing the “big-city salaries and small-town prices” as major attractors for people of all ages.

“Kiplinger has done a great job of combining cost of living factors with economic prosperity and quality of life,” Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw said. “We’ve been working for years to diversify and grow the Round Rock economy, and give our citizens options to work where they live. Our economic development partnership between the city and the chamber has been a great part of making that happen.”

The criteria considered by Kiplinger for the ranking was the cost of living, strength of the local economy, and the job market.