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Population Expected To Boom In Williamson County
Bryan Whitted and his wife Phoebe have lived in Round Rock for fifteen years and they love everything from the small town feel to the entertainment. "It's a big town, but it's still small enough that a lot of people still know everybody," Bryan says. They're not the only ones falling in love with the area. In fact, it's one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw says one of the main reasons is economic opportunity. "There's a relative low tax burden, there's affordable housing, so your overall cost of living is good here," he says.
Another reason people are moving there is safety. For several years, Round Rock has been ranked one of the safest cities in Texas. "We don't tolerate the crime, we just don't put up with it and that becomes an attitude that people buy into," McGraw says.
When it comes to families, education is key, and Round Rock boasts some of the best schools in Central Texas. "They want to raise their children in a top notch education system, whether it's public or private, there's opportunity's for both here" says McGraw.
Round Rock is just one part of the major growth we're going to be seeing throughout Williamson County. In 2010, 422, 679 people were living in Williamson County, but according to the Texas State Data Center, by 2015 it's expected to grow to more than 522,000, and by 2035 that number is expected to tripe to more than a million.
With the growth comes major growing pains -- and one of the biggest is the traffic. McGraw says he puts transportation "at the top of the list but also water, all those people that come here in the future, they need water just like we do, and so what are the water supplies going to be."
McGraw says they are all issues Round Rock is already working on and have been working on to make sure that when the people come they'll be ready.
By Lydia Pantazes