For those living in the suburban areas of Round Rock, Leander and Cedar Park, be prepared for what could be a massive population shift in the near future. Over the last 20 years, Williamson Country, Travis County’s neighbor to the north, has undergone a population explosion. Estimates show that in 1990, Williamson County was home to less than 150,000 people. As of 2010, that population had surpassed more than 400,000. That’s a population growth of more than 250,000 in only twenty years. In his report of this massive growth, Colin Pope of the Austin Business Journal predicts that by 2040 Williamson County could be home to even more people than Travis County. So what is it that is driving people to move to Austin’s northern suburbs? For starters, Williamson County is producing many new jobs. In fact, Civic Analytics shows that over the last five years, 1/3 of our region’s employment growth has been created by Williamson County. Additionally, many Travis County companies are relocating to Williamson County. Wilco also offers good schools, safe neighborhoods, and a more affluent lifestyle. In fact, the Williamson County median household income is nearly $70,000 (a full $15,000 more than the average Travis County median household income). So whether you live in a house in Round Rock or a downtown condo, be sure to take notice. Williamson County is growing fast and is projected to be one of the hottest places around Austin as the area continues to expand. Click here to read more about the Williamson County growth that Ryan Robinson calls, “beyond exponential.” And if you’re looking for a home in Williamson County or anywhere else in the Austin area, be sure to start your search for Austin homes for sale here!