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45. Georgetown, TX
Georgetown
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 45
Population: 46,900
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The population of this Austin suburb, about 28,000 in 2000, is expected to nearly double by 2010 -- which explains the many new subdivisions here.

But there's history too. Local businesses are concentrated in the square around the old county courthouse, a part of town with several Victorian gingerbread homes and prized live oak trees.

Georgetown is a popular place to retire (there's a Sun City development just west of downtown) and to get educated (Southwestern University, a small liberal arts school, is just to the east). --N.A.

Is Georgetown a great town, or what?
Georgetown stats
Median family income
(per year)
$86,912 $97,441
Job growth %
(2000-2008)*
37.72% 19.58%
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Median home price $178,302 $262,148
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
8.1% 25.6%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
11.0% 28.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 16 19
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
1,123 1,923
High temp in July ° F* 95.5° 85.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F* 35.9° 21.0°
Median age 40.2 36.6
Median family income
(per year)
$86,912 $97,441
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$93,353 $95,041
State sales tax 6.25% 5.63%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 6.06%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 3.07%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,867 $1,744
Job growth %
(2000-2008)*
37.72% 19.58%
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Median home price $178,302 $262,148
Average property taxes
(2008)
$4,029 $3,853
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Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
6 20
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
8.1% 25.6%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
11.0% 28.2%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
96.1/3.9 90.1/9.9
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
N.A. 78.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 16 19
Median commute time (in minutes) 21.6 22.5
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
19.3% 13.8%
% population walk or bike to work 4.7% 2.3%
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
14 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
1,123 1,923
Bars
(within 15 miles)
50 174
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
103 148
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
17 53
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
1 7
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A. 17
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.2 1.2
Annual rainfall
(inches)
35.58 39.77
% clear days in the area 32 27
High temp in July ° F* 95.5° 85.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F* 35.9° 21.0°
Median age 40.2 36.6
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
69.2% 71.9%
Married % 61.8% 62.9%
Divorced % 7.7% 7.7%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
64.4 58.9
From the August 2009 issue
Notes:
* County data
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