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8. Round Rock, Texas

Suburb of: Austin
Metro area unemployment rate: 7.0%
Median house value: $224,011
Safer from crime than this percent of all U.S. communities: 28%

Round Rock has a high proportion of new real estate development, and as the international headquarters for Dell, it also has more workers in computers and math than 95% of places in the U.S. It has better public schools than 72% of all U.S. communities, and its public schools are better than 83% of schools in the rest of the state. A minority of Round Rock’s populace holds a four-year college degree (32.9%), but a majority are homeowners (63.1%). It even has a minor-league ballpark. Further analysis of the suburb is found on its Neighborhood Scout profile.

Marty Bonner