Get to know Georgetown, TX

The Red Poppy Capital of Texas is located just 30 miles form Austin.  The area has inhabited by prehistoric cultures as well as Native Americans before American and Swedish pioneers came to the area for its rich timber resources and clear water.  The city was named in honor of the man who donated the land for the new town, George Washington Glasscock.  The community had an agrarian economy until the early 20th century, with the Shawnee Trail, a cattle trail, running through the center of the town.  The establishment of the oldest university in Texas, Southwestern University,  in 1873 and the construction of a railroad shortly after allowed the town to grow.  The population and industry continued to grow throughout the twentieth century.  Urban expansion from nearby Austin in 1960 brought rapid residential, commercial, and industrial growth.  The city is also known for Sun City Texas, a 55 and over retirement community that makes up one-third of residents.  Georgetown is considered one of the best places to retire in the nation.  Georgetown is also home to five endangered species.  A number of films have been filmed in the city, including Dazed and Confused and the hit TV drama Friday Night Lights.

Quick Facts

Population:53,007

Median Household Income: $62,219

Median Property Value: $197,600

 

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