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Located only 17 miles from the heart of downtown Austin, the State Capitol and The University of Texas, Cedar Park offers all the amenities of a major metropolitan area but is far enough away to offer the comfortable lifestyle that is in keeping with a family-oriented community.
Cedar Park boasts plenty of recreational opportunities for all family members. The Cedar Park Center, in addition to being home to the AHL Texas Stars and NBDL Austin Toros, also hosts concerts, family shows and area graduations. Youth sports are scheduled year-round and include basketball, Pop Warner football and soccer, as well as baseball and softball for all ages. Between 2000 and 2010 Cedar Park was the tenth fastest growing city in Texas for cites with a population between 25,000 and 100,000, with a growth rate of 88 percent. From a population of 5,161 in 1990, Cedar Park has exploded on the popularity scale, developing into a community of about 50,000 residents today.
Cedar Park attracts a qualified workforce, with an exceptional level of educational attainment: 83% have at least some college and nearly half hold a four-year degree or higher. The area’s labor force offers a wide range of skills with the largest group of occupational skills being professional/managerial (76.8%), followed by office-related skills (67%). Over half of the working adults in Cedar Park travel 10 miles or more to work. Of these individuals, 60% would be willing to change jobs if there was comparable opportunity available closer to home. Cedar Park’s popularity as a place to live, work and raise families comes as no surprise to the citizens who contributed to the town’s growth.
Cedar Park has a number of performance-based financial incentive programs available for businesses that are creating new job opportunities, expanding the local tax base and raising the local per capita income level. Incentives are determined on a case-by-case basis according to criteria that include capital investment, job creation and sales tax generation. A project’s ability to advance strategic initiatives of the city, such as how a business might enhance other new business prospects for the area, is also considered.