Just 20 miles north of Austin lies a thriving community with a lot going for it.
In Round Rock, Texas, the median household income is $82,229, over 60% of people own their homes, and jobs are abundant. Over the past decade, the county has seen a 41% increase in job growth — and is still expanding. The area’s unemployment rate is 3.1%, and Round Rock is a hub for both large and small companies.
“We have worked hard to create an environment that attracts a diverse landscape of industries,” Nichole Vance, director of business attraction at Round Rock Chamber, told MONEY.
Round Rock is home to Dell Technologies, which is the area’s largest employer. Emerson, a company that helps businesses automate and optimize their production processes, moved into the area in 2014, opening its third global innovation center. The city is also supportive of local businesses such as the brewery Bluebonnet Beer Company and honey farm Round Rock Honey.