Round Rock, Texas

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Round Rock is a city located in Travis and Williamson counties in the state of Texas in the United States. It is part of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area,[3][4] its population was 61,136 as of the 2000 census. The 2009 census estimate places the population at 105,412.[5]

The city straddles both sides of the Balcones Escarpment,[6] a fault line in which the areas roughly east of IH-35 are flat and characterized by having black, fertile soils of the Blackland Prairie, and the west side of the Escarpment which consists mostly of hilly, karst-like terrain with little topsoil and higher elevations and which is part of the Texas Hill Country. It is located about 20 miles north of downtown Austin, and Round Rock and Austin share a common border at SH 45.

In August 2008, Money Magazine named Round Rock as the seventh-best American small city in which to live.[7] 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. In a CNN article dated July 1, 2009, Round Rock was listed as the second-fastest growing city in the country, with a population growth of 8.2% in the preceding year.[8]

Round Rock has outstanding public education.[9] 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. No RRISD schools received an academically unacceptable rating.[10]

Round Rock is perhaps best known as the international headquarters of Dell, which employs approximately 16,000 people at its Round Rock facilities.[11] The presence of Dell along with other major employers,[12] a strong economic development program, favorable tax rates, and major retailers such as IKEA and a Premium Outlet Mall, have changed Round Rock from a sleepy bedroom community[13] into its own self-contained "super suburb."[14]

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