Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing small cities in the nation, Leander’s population reached 52,000 in 2017. With similar growth rates predicted in the near future, the city is preparing to eventually serve a population as large as 250,000.
Growth in Leander is driven by a low cost of living at 4.7% below the national average, an award-winning school system, and access to Highway 183A and a commuter rail service, two of the least congested transportation routes into the heart of Austin, Texas. Nestled in the northwest corner of the Austin metropolitan area, Leander is also a short drive from the popular Texas Hill Country and Highland Lakes vacation areas.
Within Leander’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) district, a new 100-acre Austin Community College campus designed for up to 12,500 students opened in 2018. A nearby 50-acre Saint David’s Hospital is also under construction with plans to grow into a 400-bed healthcare facility. Both developments are the first of their kind in Leander.
- A lower cost of living and doing business. Proximity to the metropolitan area’s only commuter rail line and least congested highways offers easy access to downtown Austin.
- Award-winning elementary and secondary schools with a postsecondary campus scheduled to open in 2018.
- High population growth rates are a strong catalyst for new retail and service-oriented businesses.
- Immediate access to the rural amenities of the renowned Texas Hill Country.
|LEANDER||WILLIAMSON COUNTY||AUSTIN MSA|
|Population growth 2007-2017||129.9%||46.5%||34.1%|
|Land area (sq. mi.) 2010||22.9||1,118.3||4,219.9|
|Median age 2017||33.6||35.6||34.0|
|Home ownership rate 2017||78.2%||64.3%||52.4%|
|Median household income 2017||$74,788||$77,538||$65,500|
|Per capita income 2017||$30,308||$35,033||$35,339|
|High school grads 2017||90.8%||93.0%||89.2%|
|College grads 2017||34.0%||40.7%||43.0%|
|Labor force 2017||22,535||287,330||1,152,626|
|Unemployment rate 2017||3.3%||3.2%||3.1%|
|Public school enrollment 2016-2017||—||115,575||322,690|
|High school graduates 2016||—||7,607||19,682|
|Retail sales 2016||$288 mil.||$9,566 mil.||$35,506 mil.|
Sources: Texas Comptroller for retail sales; Texas Workforce Commission for labor force, unemployment, businesses, employees, and salaries; Texas Education Agency for public school enrollment and graduates; ESRI for 2017 demographic estimates; and U.S. Census Bureau for all other data.