Williamson County Economic Development Partnership
One word represents the current state of Williamson County – Growth! Growth in business, in population, and in the services to take care of the people living and working in the county. Williamson County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Texas for more than a decade! Located in the central part of Texas just north of the state capital, Williamson County is big – occupying a land area of 1,135 square miles. Its population growth ranks it fourth in the state and 14th in the country with more than 617,000 according to the US Census Bureau.
Experiencing robust growth over the past decade requires more from county government to assist its new and existing residents, and Williamson County is dedicated to meeting those needs. “Demand on county services is directly tied to population growth. As one of the fastest growing counties in Texas and the United States, it is vital that we adequately address the needs of our population through the services we provide,” stated County Judge Bill Gravell.
Large employers have transformed Williamson County over recent years into a dynamic, self-sustaining community with less dependency on Austin. Major retail and commercial developments began appearing from 1999 to present, including the Rivery in Georgetown, the Premium Outlet Mall, the IKEA-area retail development and the La Frontera mixed-use center in Round Rock, and the new Hutto Innovation Business Park. Health care and higher education have both become major factors in the growth of Williamson County as well.
Williamson County also continuously ranks as one of the healthiest places to live by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Williamson County is ranked the second healthiest place in live in Texas among ranked counties. Counties are evaluated using a variety of data including Health Factors, which measures the rate of education, housing, crime, employment, unhealthy behaviors and exercise, and Health Outcomes, which are based on length of life and the quality of daily physical and mental health.
Real estate is booming, retail business is rapidly building, and people are moving to Williamson County at a steady and fast pace! Whether it is for its available jobs, relatively affordable cost of living, its natural beauty and resources, mild climate, or its small-town community way of life, Williamson County is the best place to call home!