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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,204
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens7%
Employed Population 16+17,877
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married60%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.7%
Median Earnings25+$45,729
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,978
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,537

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,467
% Above Poverty Level95.2%
% Below Poverty Level4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home8.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone16.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,461
Median House Value$180,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.5%
German17.6%
Irish9%
English7.8%
Italian4.8%
French Except Basque2.4%
Polish2.3%
Scottish1.8%
Norwegian1.4%
Czech1.3%
Dutch0.9%
African0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Sudanese0.8%
West Indian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Iranian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Russian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Greek0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Latvian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Leander Almanac

CategoryValue
County Williamson County, Travis County
Standard Zip Codes78641, 78645
P.O. Box Zip Codes78646
Phone Area Codes512, 737
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.56
Approximate Longitude-97.86

Leander Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGEORGETOWN LAKE
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp35 to 59 F
Apr Temp55 to 78 F
Jul Temp72 to 96 F
Oct Temp56 to 81 F
Annual Precip36.4 inches
StationAUSTIN CITY (CAMP MABRY)
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp40 to 60 F
Apr Temp58 to 79 F
Jul Temp73 to 95 F
Oct Temp60 to 81 F
Annual Precip33.6 inches
StationTAYLOR
Distance26 miles
Jan Temp36 to 59 F
Apr Temp54 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp56 to 81 F
Annual Precip35.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cedar Park63,551$101,842
Georgetown59,436$80,107
Jonestown1,740$72,411
Lago Vista6,505$84,360
Liberty Hill1,050$69,286
Round Rock112,767$85,603

Leander Public Libraries

Leander Public Library
1011 S BAGDAD RD
Leander, Texas
(512) 259-5259

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Leander Public Schools

Bagdad El
800 Deer Creek Dr
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Block House Creek El
401 Creek Run Dr
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-7600
Primary
Total Enrollment 655
Christine Camacho El
204 W S St
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-0000
Florence W Stiles Middle
3250 Barley Ln
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-0000
Middle
Total Enrollment 950
Founders Classical Academy Of Leander
1303 Leander Dr
ZIP: 78641
(972) 316-3663
Other
Total Enrollment 454
Jim Plain El
501 S Brook Dr
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 850
Knox Wiley Middle
1526 Raider Way
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-3600
Middle
Total Enrollment 967
Leander H S
3301 S Bagdad Rd
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-1000
High
Total Enrollment 2090
Leander Middle
410 S W St
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-3200
Middle
Total Enrollment 862
New Hope H S
401 S W St
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-2200
High
Total Enrollment 42
Pleasant Hill El
1800 Horizon Park
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 844
Rouse H S
1222 Raider Way
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-2000
High
Total Enrollment 2336
Travis Co J J A E P
204 W S St
ZIP: 78641
(512) 434-5000
Whitestone El
2000 Crystal Falls Pkwy
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 803
William J Winkley El
2100 Pow Wow
ZIP: 78641
(512) 570-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 782
Leander Charter Academy
1650 Cr 271
ZIP: 78646
(512) 986-9545
Other
Total Enrollment 198

Leander Private Schools

Harbor Christian Academy
17317 Fm 1431
ZIP: 78641
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 78
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