Cedar Park is a city in Travis and Williamson Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. From a population of 5,161 in 1990, Cedar Park grew to a population of 26,049 at the 2000 census. As of 2008, the population is estimated to be around 52,721, making it the seventh-fastest growing city in the United States. The city is a major suburb of Austin. The center of Austin is approximately 16 miles to the southeast, although Austin directly borders Cedar Park at the latter's southern extent.
In 1892, a half-acre "strolling" park was built near the train depot. In the late 1800s Austinites would make day trips to the train depot/park in Cedar Park.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44.3 km²), of which, 17.0 square miles (44.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.88%) is water.
There were 8,621 households out of which 52.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.5% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 40.3% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $67,527, and the median income for a family was $70,587. Males had a median income of $49,657 versus $32,039 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,767. About 3.0% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
In June 2006, the city estimated its population to be approximately 42,000.
Cedar Park is generally bisected north and south by U.S. Highway 183. A second north-south route, the 183A toll road, opened to traffic on March 15, 2007. Other recent developments include a major hospital (Cedar Park Regional, which opened in early 2008) and 1890 Ranch, a shopping/dining/entertainment complex which opened in October 2007.
Cedar Park was incorporated in 1973 with a Council-Manager system of local government. As of May 2006, Cedar Park City Council members are as follows:
Mayor: Robert S. Lemon
Place 1: Matt Powell
Place 2: Stephen Berry
Place 3: Scott Mitchell
Place 4: Melissa Beaudoin
Place 5: Stephen Thomas
Place 6: Cobby Caputo (Mayor Pro-Tem)
The seven members serve two year terms. The mayor and council members place two, place four and place six are elected on even years. Council members place one, place three and place five are elected on odd years.