Round Rock is a suburb of the Austin metropolitan area in Texas. Its prime location and sunny weather has made it a desirable option for retirees. Besides that, the city is home to a quaint downtown and many historical landmarks.
Climate and Geography
Round Rock is a city just north of Austin. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are mild, rarely experiencing freezing temperatures and snow. Residents of Round Rock can expect over 200 sunny days a year.
The city is built on mostly low, flat land, and is home to plenty of greenspaces.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Round Rock is known for its outdoor activities and historic sites. For sports fans, there are many stadiums and outdoor recreational facilities, including Round Rock Express and Dell Diamond. There are also plenty of local and state parks in the city where residents can explore the scenery.
Locals love going to Round Rock Premium Outlets where they can do their shopping, as well as find many restaurants and antiques. Another popular attraction is the Rock’n River Family Aquatic Center where residents find fun for the whole family.
Those looking for a more relaxed outing can visit Bluebonnet Beer Company and Idle Vine, both popular breweries where residents can take a tour or grab a drink.
Best of all, the fun of Austin is only a short drive away for residents who want to enjoy culture, music, and food.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Round Rock is higher than the national average. This is due to the housing cost, which is significantly higher than both state and national averages. Utilities and transportation are higher than the national average, but the cost for groceries is lower.
Texas is a tax-friendly state. There is no tax on Social Security or income tax, and the state offers a homestead exemption for all homeowners. Retirement income remains untaxed as well.
The sales tax in Texas is 6.25 percent and Round Rock adds a 2 percent tax onto that rate.
Texas ranks among the top states in Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There are four hospitals and medical centers in Round Rock. They are Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Round Rock, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Round Rock (ranked high performing in two procedures by U.S. News), and Ascension Seton Williamson.