Cedar Park, Texas

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Cedar Park, Texas
City
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Location of Cedar Park, Texas
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Coordinates: 30°30′24″N 97°49′49″W / 30.50667°N 97.83028°W / 30.50667; -97.83028Coordinates: 30°30′24″N 97°49′49″W / 30.50667°N 97.83028°W / 30.50667; -97.83028
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Williamson, Travis
Established 1887
Incorporated February 24, 1973
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Matthew Powell
Stephen Thomas
Mitchell Fuller
Lyle Grimes
Lowell Moore
Jon Lux
Donald Tracy
 • City Manager Brenda Eivens
Area
 • Total 22.5 sq mi (58 km2)
 • Land 22.3 sq mi (57.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2)
Elevation 906 ft (276 m)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 61,238
 • Density 2,631/sq mi (1,016/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78613, 78630
Area code(s) 512 & 737
FIPS code 48-13552
GNIS feature ID 1354140[2]
Website CedarParkTX. us/

Cedar Park is a city in Williamson County in the State of Texas. A small portion of the city extends into neighboring Travis County. According to the 2013 Census Estimate, the population is 61,238.[1] The city is a major suburb of Austin, the center of which is approximately 16 miles (26 km) to the southeast, although Austin directly borders Cedar Park at the latter's southern extent.

Geography[edit]

Cedar Park is located at 30°30′24″N 97°49′49″W / 30.50667°N 97.83028°W / 30.50667; -97.83028 (30.506620, -97.830317).[3] It lies mostly in Williamson County, although a small amount extends into Travis County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.6 sq mi (66 km2), of which, 25.3 sq mi (66 km2) of it is land and .3 sq mi (0.78 km2) of it (0.88%) is water.

Cedar Park is generally bisected north to south by U.S. Route 183. A bypass route, the 183A toll road, also runs through Cedar Park and opened to traffic on March 15, 2007. Major east-west routes include RM-1431/Whitestone Boulevard and Cypress Creek/Brushy Creek Road.

Government[edit]

Cedar Park was incorporated in 1973 with a council-manager system of local government. As of Dec 14, 2012, Cedar Park City Council members are as follows:[4]

The seven members serve two year terms. The mayor and council members place two, place four and place six are elected in even years. Council members place one, place three and place five are elected in odd years.

Cedar Park is represented in Texas House of Representatives by former Cedar Park Council member and Mayor Pro Tem, Republican Tony Dale. In the State Senate, Cedar Park is represented by Republican Charles Schwertner.

Sports[edit]

Cedar Park is home to two top-level minor league professional teams. The Texas Stars began American Hockey League play in October 2009 at the Cedar Park Center.[5] The arena is also home to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

A major public skate park facility opened in Cedar Park in July 2010. The 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) facility features a large bowl, mini bowl and modern street course.

Institutions and schools[edit]

Cedar Park is served primarily by the Leander Independent School District, and is home to the Cedar Park High School Timberwolves and the Vista Ridge High School Rangers. Cedar Park won its first football state championship on December 21, 2012. The Timberwolves defeated Lancaster 17-7 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, winning the Class 4A, Division II state title.

Neighborhoods in the southern and easternmost areas of the city are wholly or partially served by the Round Rock Independent School District.

The city is home to the Cypress Creek campus of Austin Community College, which was significantly expanded in 2008 to accommodate the area's growing population.[6]

The Texas Psychological Association is located in the city.[7]

Cedar Park Center[edit]

The Cedar Park Center was completed in 2009, and hosts a wide array of live entertainment events. George Strait opened the Cedar Park Center as the first event at the Center on September 25, 2009. The Cedar Park Center is also home of the Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, and the Austin Toros, the D-league affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. The Center is located at the corner of New Hope Dr. and 183A Toll Road.

History[edit]

Before the arrival of European settlers in the 19th century, the Cedar Park area was inhabited by various Native American tribes including the Tonkawa, the Lipan Apache, and the Comanche. A paleo-American archaeological site (named the Wilson-Leonard site) was discovered in Cedar Park in 1983 that showed evidence of continual habitation of the area since circa 5000 BC.

In the mid-19th century the community was known as Running Brushy, named after a spring that formed the headwaters of a creek of the same name. In 1873 George and Harriet Cluck, after having run cattle up the Chisholm Trail for many years, bought 329 acres (1.33 km2) of land that included the Running Brushy spring. Their ranch formed the core of the community that would one day become Cedar Park.[8]

Ten years later, the railroad came through. The Austin & Northwest Railroad, which connected the state capitol with the cities of Burnet and Lampasas to the north, was finished in 1882 and passed through Running Brushy and the Cluck ranch. The community was at this point renamed Bruggerhoff, after a railroad company official. However, the name was generally disliked by locals, being both hard to spell and pronounce. In 1887, Emmett Cluck (son of George and Harriet) changed the community name to Cedar Park. In 1892, a "strolling park" of 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) was built near the train depot. Austinites would ride the train to Cedar Park for day trips to the park.[9]

Cedar Park changed little until the 1950s and 1960s when housing subdivisions began to be built, spurred by the growth of nearby Austin. On February 24, 1973, the citizens of Cedar Park voted to incorporate. A library followed in 1978.

On May 27, 1997, a strong and destructive F3 tornado struck the town. The tornado was one of 20 confirmed tornadoes that occurred during the 1997 Central Texas Tornado outbreak. It devastated the downtown area of the city, killing one person and nearly destroying the Albertson's grocery store.

Major retailers began finding their way to the city in 2002 as Walmart opened. Additional large retailers now include Super Target, multiple HEB grocery stores, Academy Sports and Outdoors, and Costco. In December 2007, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opened becoming the first major medical center in Cedar Park.

In 2013, the US Census Bureau named Cedar Park the 4th fastest growing city in the United States, with a population of 57,957.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 117
1940 129 10.3%
1950 202 56.6%
1960 385 90.6%
1970 692 79.7%
1980 3,474 402.0%
1990 5,161 48.6%
2000 26,049 404.7%
2010 48,937 87.9%
Est. 2013 61,238 25.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[11]

As of the census of 2010, there were 48,937 people, 8,621 households, and 7,155 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,141.9 people per square mile (592.7/km²). There were 8,914 housing units at an average density of 525.3 per square mile (202.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.4% White, 4.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 5.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.10% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19% of the population.

There were 8,621 households out of which 52.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.5% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 40.3% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $67,527, and the median income for a family was $70,587. Males had a median income of $49,657 versus $32,039 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,767. About 3.0% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Religion[edit]

Cedar Park is served by a number of Christian churches, including New Hope First Baptist Church, The Sanctuary, Highpoint Fellowship, Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Park United Methodist Church, Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Lakehills Free Will Baptist Church, Cedar Park Church of Christ, Trinity Tabernacle, Rockbridge Church, Cypress Creek Community Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fellowship Bible Church, Church of the Savior, Whitestone Assembly of God, Shenandoah Baptist Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, among many others.

Congregation Shir Ami is a Reform Jewish synagogue in Cedar Park, founded in 2002, and led by Cantor Marie Betcher.[12][13][14]

Cedar Park is also home to the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of the Hindu faith to cater to the growing Hindu community in Cedar Park and in the Greater Austin area.

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