Introduction to Leander, Texas

Leander, Texas, in Williamson county, is 11 miles NW of Round Rock, Texas (center to center) and 22 miles N of Austin, Texas. The city is part of the Austin - San Marcos metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Leander History

This region was originally home to various tribes of Native Americans. When the Europeans first arrived in the 1500s, it was occupied by the Tonkawa Indians. In the late 1700s, the Comanches and Kiowas used the area as hunting grounds. The settlers in the region were frequently attacked by the Indians. In order to protect them, Stephen F. Austin sent men to build a blockhouse in 1835, but this fort was burned down by the Comanches in 1837. In the 1840s, the community was named "Bagdad" after the Tennessee hometown of one of the settlers. In 1882, the town was officially established as "Leander." It was named in honor of a railroad official, Leander "Catfish" Brown. In 1983, the skeletal remains of "Leanderthal Lady," a prehistoric woman, were discovered near the city. Leander was officially incorporated on January 21, 1978 and is now a rapidly growing metropolitan area.

Leander and Nearby Attractions

  • State Capitol
  • Bastrop State Park
  • Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum
  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park

Things To Do In Leander

The State Capitol, which was dedicated in 1888, is situated near Leander. When it was established, it was the country's largest state capitol. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum features artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the region's historical and cultural background. Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin Museum of Art, and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park are some of the other historic sites and museums in the area. The 3,503-acre Bastrop State Park offers opportunities for backpacking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, camping, biking, and golfing. Scuba diving can be enjoyed at the Inks Lake State Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Crystal Falls Club.

Leander Transportation

The closest major airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Leander Higher Education

Austin Community College, University of Texas at Austin, and Huston-Tillotson University are some of the colleges near Leander.


Total Population 32,051
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 6.1%
Employed Population 16+ 15,861
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 59.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.4%
Median Earnings25+ $43,654
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,438
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,062


Median Family Income $85,155
% Above Poverty Level 95.5%
% Below Poverty Level 4.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 16.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,353
Median House Value $164,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 8.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Leander Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of Round Rock, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles N of Austin, Texas
County Williamson
Metro Area Austin - San Marcos
Standard Zip Codes 78641, 78645
P.O. Box Zip Codes 78646
Phone Area Codes 512
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.578
Longitude -97.852

Leander Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 59 F
Apr Temp 55 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 81 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 73 to 95 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Station TAYLOR
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 81 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Leander, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Point Venture (78645)

Volente (78641)

Whitestone (78641)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cedar Park 60,841 $97,522
Georgetown 56,102 $79,145
Jonestown 1,945 $90,208

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Leander Public Libraries

Leander Public Library
Leander, Texas
(512) 259-5259
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Leander High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,074 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

204 W S ST
Serves 410 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

401 S W ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

204 W S ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.

204 W S ST
A Special Education School
Serves 1 students.

300 S W ST
A Non-traditional School

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