Georgetown is roughly thirty miles north of downtown Austin. It is just north of Round Rock, Texas, a super suburb that the home of Dell Computers and other high tech employers. Georgetown was identified as having the most beautiful town square in Texas. The downtown area is notable for its Victorian commercial and residential architecture. The town passed ordinances to protect them in 1976. The city’s historic town square is centered on the county courthouse because it is the county seat of Williamson Texas. That and at least 45 other buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This led to it being named a national Main Street City in 1997.
Interstate 35 runs through the middle of Georgetown. This gives residents easy access to Austin and San Antonio. Highway 29 runs east to west through downtown.
The city limits stretch west to encompass Lake Georgetown and the north Fork of the San Gabriel River. This puts Cedar Breaks Park, Jim Hogg Park, Walnut Spring Park and part of Sawyer Park inside of the city limits. On the other hand, the city limits have surrounded by don’t include several suburban subdivisions. The Serenada neighborhood named for Serenada Drive is one example. It is directly west of Georgetown Municipal Airport. Another unincorporated area inside of the city limits is next to the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex. There are a few unincorporated areas inside of Georgetown’s city limits like the Davidson Ranch and the Eagle Trace area.
The city limits stretch along the creek passing through Berry Springs Park and Preserve, but more than half of the park is outside of the city limits. The middle fork of the San Gabriel River also runs through the city. Ronald Reagan Boulevard marks the northern city limit. The towns of Andice and Florence are several miles to the north. Round Rock is directly south. Leander sits to the southwest. There isn’t much to the east.
Georgetown is known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. These wildflowers are planted throughout the city. The town has a Red Poppy Festival every spring. It attracts up to thirty thousand visitors every year. Inner Space Cavern is a large cave south of town. It is a major tourist attraction. Many seasonal visitors as well as full-time residents stay at Sun City.
Georgetown saw major growth when it became the site of the first Sun City development in Texas. It became known as Sun City Texas. The Sun City neighborhoods are deed restricted. At least one person buying the home must be over 55, and no permanent residents over 18 are allowed to live here. This age-restricted community covers 5300 acres. It is home to roughly twelve thousand people. Residents are allowed to drive golf carts instead of cars to get around as well as use Cowan Creek Golf Club. The presence of so many retirees has fueled expansion of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, a large medical industry, and several other age-restricted developments. This is why roughly a third of the city’s population is over 65. And it has a median age of 46.6, roughly six years older than the state average. The median household income is 71K, three thousand dollars more than the national average.
Georgetown was home to roughly eighty thousand people in 2020. This made it the seventh fastest growing city in the United States with a population of more than fifty thousand, according to Census data.
Georgetown operates the Georgetown Independent School District. That runs Georgetown High School, East View High School and a number of elementary and middle schools. There are roughly twelve thousand students in the ISD. It gets points for having a 97 percent graduation rate. The high quality schools and the affordable housing are why SmartAsset named the city the second best place to buy an affordable home in 2020. The average home price is 330K, while the average house in Austin costs more than 450K.
Georgetown is notable for being the home of the oldest private four year liberal arts college in Texas, Southwestern University. This college is affiliated with the Methodist church. While it trains Methodist ministers, it offers forty more bachelor’s degrees in everything from music to business to education. The university was named the fourth best small college in Texas by Niche.com in 2021.