Cedar Park is a suburb of Austin, Texas. The town is named for a park located next to a rail stop that existed in the 1800s. It has continued its tradition of city parks. Today, the city owns more than a thousand acres of parkland. The town was officially incorporated in 1973. The city was named the fourth fastest growing city in the United States in 2013. Its population was approaching 60,000 people at that time.
As of 2020, it is home to nearly 75,000 people. It is a suburban community in the classic sense that it is dominated by single family homes. Roughly two thirds of residents own their home, while another third rent. It has rapidly grown because the average home costs around 300,000 dollars. This is roughly a third less than a comparable home in Austin to the south. Median rents are 1400 to 1500 dollars a month. That is closer to what you would pay in Austin.
Niche.com ranked the city the second best place to live in Williamson County. Its public school district received a grade of A plus. It gets an A-minus for housing costs. It was given a B minus for crime and safety. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, it has one of the lowest crime rates for any city its size in Texas. These are a few of the reasons why the city is popular with families. The median age in the city is 35, five years less than the state average. Because the area has so many high-tech employers, the town is notable for half the population having a bachelor’s degree or better. The median household income is a little over 100,000 dollars a year. It has a diversified economy. While many residents work at the Dell facility in Round Rock, National Oilwell Varco is a major employer, too. It is a fortune 500 company. Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Firefly Aerospace, and ABEO are located here. James Avery Artisan Jewelry opened a regional corporate office here in 2020.
Leander is located to the north. Most Cedar Park students are assigned to schools in the Leander Independent School District. This doesn’t mean they have to travel a long way to attend school. For example, Leander High School sits on the Leander-Cedar Park border. A few neighborhoods in the south and east of the city are served by Round Rock Independent School District. This does create the ironic situation that Cedar Park High School is being run by the Leander ISD.
Anderson Mill is located to the south. Round Rock is west of the city. Jollyville and Austin are located to the south. Downtown Austin and the UT Austin Campus are sixteen miles to the southeast.
Lake Travis is a short distance to the southwest. Twin Creeks Country Club is located within the city’s limits, while the Baker Sanctuary is just outside of the city limits. Parts of the Anderson Mill West subdivision are outside of the city limits. The Jonestown neighborhood at the north end of Lake Travis is just outside of Cedar Park. The Crystal Falls subdivision and Crystal Falls Golf Course haven’t been annexed by the city. The city has annexed the neighborhood of Cypress Mill but not neighboring El Salido. The aptly named Breakaway Park is an unincorporated area entirely surrounded by the city of Cedar Park. The Southwest Williamson County Regional Park is the northwest boundary of the town.
Bushy Creek straddles the town’s boundary with Round Rock. For example, the Bushy Creek Lake Park, Bushy Creek Road, and Bushy Creek Sports Park are inside of Cedar Park, while the Bushy Creek Greenbelt and Bushy Creek Elementary are in Round Rock.
Texas Highway 183 is a major north-south artery through the town. Business 183 or 183A runs through the city before merging with 183 in north Leander.
The city has several second-tier sports teams. It is the home of the Texas Stars. They are an American Hockey League team affiliated with the Dallas Stars. The city is also home to the Austin Spurs. This is an NBA G League team and an affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. They play at the HEB Center in Cedar Park. The HEB Center is named for H-E-B, a major regional grocery store chain. Before the corporate sponsorship, the facility was known as Cedar Park Center.