Williamson County, Texas
Williamson County, Texas is in Central Texas, just north of Austin, the state capital. In 1848, 250 settlers living in western Milam County asked the Texas Legislature to grant a new county in their area so they would be closer to the seat of local government. Their request was granted; the Texas legislature established Williamson County on March 13, 1848, naming it for prominent judge and soldier Robert M. Williamson, better known as “Three Legged Willie.” Today, Williamson County, TX occupies 1,135 square miles and is home to 410,686 residents (U.S. Census Bureau's 2009 estimate).
Georgetown, Williamson County's largest town, is the county seat. Established in 1848, Georgetown has over 180 homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Georgetown is home to Southwestern University, Texas's oldest institution of higher learning. Cedar Park and Round Rock are the other major cities in Williamson County, TX, although both are partially located in Travis County.
Rapidly growing Williamson County Texas had 249,979 residents in 2000; by 2009, the number of residents had increased over 64 percent. Williamson County's strategic location, just north of Austin, has fueled residential development as portions of Austin's city limits extend into southern Williamson County. Williamson County, TX is known for low unemployment rates, a well-educated workforce, a high standard of living, a low cost of living, low taxes, and a low crime rate.
Williamson County houses many major industries, including high-tech manufacturing, healthcare and education. Dell Computer Holdings, LP is the major employer and taxpayer in Williamson County. Round Rock Independent School District, Leander Independent School District, Seton Hospitals, St. David’s HealthCare, and Scott & White Healthcare Systems are adding employees and expanding their campuses to keep up with Williamson County's tremendous growth rate.
U.S. Highway 183, Interstate Highway 35 and State Highway 95 are the major north-south roads in Williamson County, and U.S. Highway 79 and State Highway 29 cross the county east and west. The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority provides public transportation to the non-urbanized areas of Williamson County, TX. The nearest major airport to Williamson County, Texas is Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, about 28 miles away from the county's center.
Williamson County, Texas enjoys a mild climate, with more than 300 sunny days each year, and beautiful scenic vistas, making outdoor recreation extremely popular here. The Williamson County Parks Department maintains several parks, including the 300-acre Berry Springs Park and Preserve and the 100-acre Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, which features soccer fields, softball fields, a football, tennis courts, and basketball courts. The one-quarter scale miniature Cedar Rock Railroad train is available year-round at the Southwest Williamson County Park to take riders on a 1.3 mile tour of the park.