Pflugerville is a north Austin suburb. The majority of Pflugerville is located inside of Travis County, though part of it is in Williamson County.
The city got its name from the German settlers who settled the area, namely, Henry Pfluger, Sr. The word Pfluger means plowman in German. For those who don’t know how to pronounce it, the p is silent. A lot of town events make use of the German spelling. For example, they call the local farmer’s market the Pfarmer’s Market.
The first school and a Lutheran church were opened in the 1870s. The town gained a post office in 1893. An MKT railroad line between Austin and Georgetown was competed in 1904. While it wasn’t inside of the city’s limits at that time, it helped to fuel growth of the town. George Pfluger and his son laid out sixteen blocks of the town around the MKT depot. By 1920, the town had 500 residents. But the town didn’t officially incorporate until 1965. Yet the population didn’t hit 1000 until the 1980s. It was construction of new highways that passed through the city that led to massive expansion. By 1990, it had 4400. In 2010, it had 46,000 residents. Pflugerville’s population hit sixty thousand in 2020. It has been rapidly growing since the average house here costs around 300K, 150K less than what you’d pay for the average home in Austin. This is why Pflugerville has attracted many families. The median age is 34, four years younger than the state average. According to 2020 Census data, a quarter of the population is under 18 while roughly ten percent is over 65.
The city is next to Interstate 35, although Austin actually controls the land on either side of I-35. State Highway 130 passes through Pflugerville. And the intersection of Highway 45 and Highway 130 is in Pflugerville. Construction and expansion of these roads led to the development of Stone Hill Town Center and Pflugerville Crossing. The town is also close to the Austin Executive Airport. The excellent access to the Texas Hill Country and north Austin is why Amazon built a distribution center in the city in 2020. It provided a thousand full-time jobs and is one of the largest Amazon distribution centers in Texas.
Lake Pflugerville was created in 2005 to provide water for the growing city. RRE Austin Solar promised to build a 60 MW solar farm in 2013. The East Blackland Solar Project was scaled down in 2016. It was contingent on the city signing a non-annexation agreement for the nearly one thousand acre solar farm planned for a plot east of the city. RRE Austin Solar has donated almost a million dollars’ worth of solar panels for local schools in the meantime. Another 600 solar panels were donated for the city’s water plant. Recurrent Energy has since purchased the East Blackland Solar Project and is moving forward toward completing the site. When completed, it would produce enough power to supply 23,000 homes.
Students attend schools in the Pflugerville Independent School District. It educates more than 25,000 students. Most of them are in Pflugerville, but it includes parts of Hutto, Coupland, Manor and Round Rock, Texas. On the other hand, some Pflugerville students are assigned to schools in the Manor Independent School District. Over ninety percent of residents have a high school degree, and almost all students graduate from high school. Roughly a quarter of residents have a college degree. The closest college to the city is one of several Austin Community College campuses in the north Austin suburbs. Virginia College Austin is eleven miles away. Southwestern University is a fifteen minute drive for Pflugerville residents. UT Austin is less than twenty miles away.
Pfluger Park is one of the largest parks in the city. It covers about thirty acres. Stoney Creek Park is almost as big. Lake Pflugerville Park is next to the 180 acre reservoir. Typhoon Texas is a water park in Pflugerville. The water park was built by Hawaiian Falls in 2013 and purchased by Typhoon Texas in 2016.
The city was named one of America’s Best Places to Live by Money Magazine. And it received that title multiple times. The first time was in 2013. It received the coveted designation again in 2013, 2015 and 2017.