Watch out, Austin, though you’ve been endlessly ranked on the lists of “Best Cities to Live In”, Cedar Park may not be far behind. After all, it’s already earned the titles of Best Place to Raise a Family, Fourth Fastest-Growing City in the US, 16th Best Small City, and 7th Top City for Millennials. And it makes sense why. This laid-back suburb, just 17 miles north of Austin and minutes away from Round Rock and the Texas Hill Country—offers an easy working commute to Austin, family-centric neighborhoods with wide lawns and friendly neighbors, and enough exciting recreation that you don’t ever have to leave.
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Families with school-aged kids, get ready to experience true Texas high school football, a la Friday Night Lights. Cedar Park has won multiple state titles and is the only Texas high school to win UIL state titles in both band and football during the same school year, so rooting on the Timberwolves and the Rangers will be on your list of duties as a true Texan. Cedar Park students attend either the Leander Independent School District or the Round Rock Independent School District, and both have received accolades for not just their sports programs, but academics, too. As for higher education, Austin Community College has a satellite location here—Cypress Creek—as does Texas State University.
As an educated city that’s also a hub of high-tech employers, this booming Austin suburb is ideal for professional growth. Add to that the safety, affordability, and community-minded family atmosphere, and Cedar Park offers a quality of life that can’t be beaten.