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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

547,545
29.6
1,134.4
1,118.3
400–1,360
35.73
36.5
94.9
291,633
3.1
$2,130,562,667
$44,679
$60,001,540,274
$9,566,138,842

map of Williamson County
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Physical Features: Central county near Austin. Level to rolling; mostly Blackland soil, some loam, sand; drained by San Gabriel River and tributaries; Granger Lake, Lake Georgetown.

Economy: Agribusinesses, varied manufacturing, education center, government/services; the county is part of Austin metropolitan area.

History: Tonkawa area; later, other tribes moved in. Comanches raided until the 1860s. Anglo-American settlement began in the late 1830s. County named for Robert M. Williamson, pioneer leader; created from Milam County and organized in 1848.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 60.6; Black, 6.9; Hispanic, 24.1; Asian, 6.7; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 2.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 6,457; deaths, 2,625; marriages, 2,682; divorces, 872.

Recreation: Lake recreation; Inner Space Cavern; historic sites; deer hunting, fishing; Gov. Dan Moody Museum at Taylor; San Gabriel Park; old settlers park; walking tours, rattlesnake sacking, barbecue cookoff, frontier days in summer; Round Rock minor league baseball; Cedar Park Center, home of Austin Spurs NBA developmental basketball team and the Texas Stars AHL hockey team.

Minerals: Building stone, sand and gravel.

Agriculture: Corn, cattle, sorghum, cotton, wheat, hay, nursery crops. Market value $129.6  million.

GEORGETOWN (64,476) county seat; education, health, government/services, manufacturing, retail; hospital; Southwestern University; Red Poppy festival in April.

ROUND ROCK (120,068, part [1,362] in Travis County) semiconductor, varied manufacturing, tourism and distribution center; hospital; Texas Baptist Children’s Home.

Cedar Park (67,141, part [489] in Travis County) energy equipment manufacturing, millwork, concrete production, commuting to Austin; hospital, community college extension; steam-engine train; Cedar Fest in the spring.

Taylor (17,217) varied manufacturing, wholesale, transportation, government/services; hospital, college extension campuses, museum, parks; Blackland Prairie Day in May.

Other towns include: Andice (300); Bartlett (2,799, partly in Bell County) cotton, corn production, commuters, prison, first rural electrification in nation in 1933, clinic, library, Friendship Fest in September; Brushy Creek (24,221); Coupland (280); Florence (1,227).

Also, Granger (1,497); Hutto (22,471) agriculture, manufacturing, government/services, commuters to Austin, museum, Olde Tyme Days in October; Jarrell (1,227); Jollyville (17,413, partly in Travis County); Leander (36,594); Liberty Hill (1,638) artisans center; Schwertner (175); Thrall (931); Walburg (277); Weir (484).

Also, part [35,697] of Austin.

Downtown Georgetown from the courthouse square

Downtown Georgetown from the courthouse square. Photo by Robert Plocheck.