Residents take great pride in the city's excellent schools, which include those in the Round Rock Independent School District. More than 48,000 students currently attend the district's five high schools, 11 middle schools, 34 elementary schools, and three alternative learning centers. Campuses in the district are designed according to a "neighborhood school" concept that seeks to insert smaller than typical schools into community neighborhoods.
Higher education opportunities arise throughout Round Rock in the form of the Round Rock Higher Education Center (a combined team effort put forth by Texas State University-San Marcos, Temple College at Taylor, and Austin Community College) and Texas A&M Health Science Center-Round Rock.
ECONOMY & JOB MARKET
The unemployment rate in Round Rock is relatively low compared to the rest of the state of Texas. Round Rock serves as the corporate headquarters for Dell, Inc. and houses more than 20 major employers such as IKEA, Cintas, Round Rock Premium Outlets and Toppan Photomasks, among others. Many residents also work in the nearby Austin metro area where average commute times run in the 30 minute range.
PARKS & RECREATION
Residents looking to spend some time in the outdoors can take advantage of the city's 34 parks, with Old Settlers Park considered the main park of the city. Old Settlers Park features 570 acres of lush landscape and countryside and is an ideal area for hosting community events and festivals. Two recreation centers are also located in Round Rock: Clay Madsen Recreation Center, which includes basketball courts, indoor pool, and weight room, and the Allen R. Baca Center for Senior and Community Events.