Located about 20 minutes outside of Austin, the city of Round Rock is considered an Austin suburb. And suburban it is. Round Rock is characterized by perfect lawns and SUVs. Over 75 percent of residents are married, and 75 percent are homeowners. The city gets its name from a rock (that happens to be round) in the middle of Brushy Creek. In 1851, settlers created a community near the Round Rock, and the rest is history.
Settling down in Round Rock won’t set you back a ton; the average listing price is $297,372 and median rent per month is $1,695. Living and working here means you’ll get to know IH-35 (99 percent of residents drive to work). During rush hour traffic, Texas State Highway 45 is another road to familiarize yourself with. The top employer in Round Rock is Dell, which is headquartered right in town.
But life in Round Rock isn’t all work. The downtown area is filled with restaurants, bars and shopping. Make sure and satisfy your sweet tooth at the famous Round Rock Donuts, which was recently named the best place for fried dough in the Austin area. It’s true that if you like live music, driving into Austin might be your first thought, but in the spring, Round Rock’s Music on Main Street concert series brings the music to you. The city also has its own minor league baseball team, the Round Rock Express, and an outlet mall, Round Rock Premium Outlets. Speaking of shopping, there’s an IKEA here. Convenient.
It’s hot in Round Rock, so summers will probably be spent inside somewhere air-conditioned, but in the cooler months, head to Old Settlers Park, which has baseball fields, playgrounds, a disc golf course and a lake. There are also a number of community pools open in the summer.
One of the city’s quirkier attractions is the Inner Space Cavern. These caves were discovered in the 1960s by the Texas Highway Department. Today, it’s a pretty cool tourist attraction that locals actually go to.