CEDAR PARK — Cedar Park is the fourth fastest-growing city in the nation, according to population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to the Census, Cedar Park’s population grew 4.67 percent, adding 6,674 new residents in just one year. The Census Bureau compared its population estimates for Cedar Park from 51,283 people on July 1, 2011, to 57,957 people for the year ending July 1, 2012.
Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell believes that Cedar Park’s unique charm and quality of life are driving the numbers, and says he sees both huge potential and great responsibility as result.
“As we welcome each new resident to Cedar Park, we maintain our focus on enhancing quality of life through public safety, city services, and job creation,” Powell said.
The Census estimates are no surprise to city officials, who are in the midst of the comprehensive planning process to help determine how Cedar Park will look and feel over the next 20 years, and residents still have an opportunity to share their ideas and opinions via the city’s interactive social media website www.ImagineCedarPark.com.
Some tangible results of the previous comprehensive plan include Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, and the multi-spectrum shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities offered at 1890 Ranch.
Census population estimates pertain only to people living within city borders, and do not take into consideration those residing in a city’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Cedar Park estimates that it serves an additional 23,000 people living in its ETJ, bringing the city’s population estimate for its entire service area to around 80,000 people.
About Cedar Park
Cedar Park has been named one of the Fastest-Growing Suburbs in America by Forbes Magazine and one of the “Top Ten Places to Raise a Family” by Family Circle Magazine. Located 17 miles from downtown Austin, Cedar Park is the third largest city in the Austin area. Cedar Park is well-established –founded in 1887 and incorporated as a City in 1973. Cedar Park is currently celebrating its 40th year of incorporation. Cedar Park attracts residents from all over the globe because of its unique charm, close proximity to Austin and the Texas Hill Country, and the beauty surrounding the Lower Colorado River Lake System. Cedar Park boasts more than 860 acres of park land and offers a variety of family entertainment and recreation. Whether it is hiking, bicycling, water sports, live music, fine wine, great food, shopping, or any other activity, there is truly something for everyone in Cedar Park.
Cedar Park is located in the exemplary-rated Leander Independent School District, and is home to the Austin Community College Cypress Creek Campus. There are other institutions for higher learning located near Cedar Park including the University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University, Southwestern University Georgetown, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward’s University, Texas AM Health Sciences Center, and Texas State University Round Rock Campus. More than two-thirds of Cedar Park citizens have at least some college education and nearly half hold a four-year degree or better. The largest portion of our population is under the age of 40 years old and the median household income is $74,156.
For two consecutive years, Cedar Park has been named by the Texas Department of Public Safety the Second Safest City of its size in Texas, and is one of approximately 60 cities across the nation with the highest fire protection class, an ISO 1 rating, from the Insurance Services Office. The Austin American-Statesman has also named the Cedar Park Fire Department one of the Top Workplaces in the Austin Metro Area.
Cedar Park is a city that truly espouses its core values of community, service, innovation, professionalism, integrity, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. These standards are at the heart of daily life for Cedar Park citizens, City leaders, City staff, and business leaders. Visit www.cedarparktexas.gov today to learn more about the City of Cedar Park!