Best Affordable Places to Live-Round Rock Makes the List


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There’s an old saying that “everything is bigger in Texas.” But quite the opposite is true when it comes to tax bills and living expenses for the residents of Round Rock, our pick for the most affordable city. Living costs in Round Rock are nearly 7 percent below the national average, according to The Council for Community and Economic Research. This suburb of Austin offers higher than average salaries and lower than average home prices. Low costs of living, a high number of jobs and a stellar line up of entertainment options make Round Rock the No. 1 city on our list of the Best Affordable Places to Live.

A healthy economy, anchored by the city’s largest employers, Dell and motor maker TECO-Westinghouse, helps keep prices in check. Local taxes remain low thanks to adequate sales tax collections and conservative spending by city leaders. The average property tax bill in Round Rock was under $824, according to the city. Residents also get to keep more money in their pockets since Texas has no state income tax.

Things to Do in Round Rock

Families enjoy the many things to do in Round Rock that won’t slim your wallet too much. Some of the cheapest entertainment options include watching the minor league baseball team the Round Rock Express (season tickets start at $395), catching a movie at Flix Brewhouse, where tickets are typically less than they are at larger cinemas, and playing in the many recreational amenities the city provides, like parks, playgrounds and pools.