When it comes to what makes Williamson County an excellent place to call home, there’s no single factor that stands out. Rather, it’s a combination of characteristics that make our cities and communities highly desirable. From the exceptional health and wellness of our residents to an abundance of recreational amenities and opportunities, Williamson County has much to offer. To help foster community, the county’s diverse calendar of annual events and traditions offers something for everyone, too. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Williamson County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas and the nation.
Health and Wellness
Williamson County has consistently ranked at or near the top of Texas’ healthiest counties by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In the two categories in which our county performs well, health outcomes and health factors, the Williamson County population is assessed not only on current healthiness and life expectancy, but also on how healthy our population can be. The rankings take into account various key factors that impact health, including smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, high school graduation rates, violent crime rates, air pollution levels, access to healthy foods, unemployment rates, and the number of children living in poverty.
Williamson County offers a variety of recreational opportunities for its residents. Fishing, camping, water sports, and wading are popular activities on Lake Georgetown and Lake Granger, as well as along numerous creeks and rivers. The county also boasts five parks—along with countless city parks—that feature over 15 miles of hiking, biking, and running trails, sports fields, a disc golf course, playgrounds, and a splash park. Hunting is also permitted in lands close to Lake Granger, and the region is dotted with landmarks and historical sites. Additionally, there are nearly 1,400 acres of county park and preserve properties in varying stages of development, offering more natural experiences for residents to enjoy.
Sports enthusiasts have plenty to cheer for in Williamson County, with several professional and community athletic options available. The Round Rock Express, the AAA Minor League baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play at the Dell Diamond, while the HEB Center at Cedar Park hosts the Texas Stars (AHL Hockey affiliate of the Dallas Stars) and Austin Spurs (NBA Development League affiliate for the San Antonio Spurs). The county also boasts an array of community athletic leagues for sports such as softball, tennis, kickball, baseball, basketball, and aquatics. For our Golf aficionados, we even have several challenging courses spread throughout the county that accentuate the natural beauty of the region.
Family and Education
Williamson County offers a variety of family-friendly attractions and educational opportunities. Ride the Hill Country Flyer steam train in Cedar Park or hop aboard the Cedar Rock Railroad miniature train in the Southwest Regional Park for a memorable experience. Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown is also a popular destination for visitors. History buffs can explore several museums, including the Dan Moody Museum in Taylor, the Palm House Museum in Round Rock, the Williamson Museum in Georgetown, and the Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail in Round Rock. In Georgetown, the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas is also home to the Williamson County Historic Courthouse.
Williamson County and its encompassing communities boast a diverse calendar of annual events and traditions that offer something for everyone. The Williamson County Sheriff Posse Rodeo, Chisholm Trail Days, Georgetown Poppy Festival, Round Rock Daffodil Days, Cedar Park’s 4th of July Celebration at Milburn Park, Hutto Old Tyme Days, Taylor International Barbecue Cook-off, Round Rock’s Old Settler’s Park July 4th Celebration, and Leander’s Liberty Fest are just a few of the many exciting options available every year. The newly completed Williamson County Expo Center in Taylor also plays host to a wide range of community events, including rodeos, dog shows, and more.