Austin suburb rolls onto Cash’s listing of finest locations to dwell in 2021

According to a major US publication, a suburb of Austin is really rocky.

Round Rock, the booming community north of Austin, is ranked 25th in the new issue of Money magazine List of 50 best places to live in USA

Money notes that Round Rock – who, yes, folks, was named after a literal round rock in the 19th century – ranks widely on the national list for its abundance of housing options, robust educational opportunities, and low property taxes, which is likely what the nearby Austinites are likely to do covet.

In addition to its # 25 ranking, Round Rock, home of tech giant Dell, ranks first on the Money list in terms of projected employment growth through 2025. This is all good news for the suburb that doesn’t even deserve a spot on the list last year.

Other Texan communities that Money has named on its list of top places to live include the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound (No. 4) and Frisco (No. 19), although Money says it is “to keep the list interesting” , the top disqualified five finishers as of 2020, including Texas Spot Rockwall.

Chanhassen, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, ranks # 1 this year.

For the list, Money looked at communities with a population of 25,000 to 500,000. Around 133,000 people live in Round Rock, according to the US Census Bureau.

The magazine then narrowed the list down to 50 cities based on factors such as:

  • Crime rate.

  • The middle income.

  • Growth of population.

  • Diversity.

  • Cost of living.

  • Economic opportunity.

  • Education.

  • Furnishing.

  • Health and safety.

  • Real estate market.

  • Life quality.

‘Mayor Footloose’ bans dancing in St. Louis suburb | Leisure

ST. CHARLES – The Mayor of St. Charles announced Monday that dancing and “amplified music” are banned in three blocks of downtown in an effort to curb crime in the area.

The ban applies to companies with alcohol licenses in the 100-300 blocks of North Main Street, said Mayor Dan Borgmeyer at a press conference Monday.

There have been some incidents of violence in downtown St. Charles in recent months, including a fatal shootout in December in the 200 block North Main.

Borgmeyer and St. Charles police chief Ray Juegnst noted on Monday that most of these incidents were against closings of bars and nightclubs.

Borgmeyer said the city’s zone code does not include nightclubs as a legal use. Therefore, the move to ban dance and loud music is an enforcement of the longstanding code that has not yet been enforced. Failure to comply, Borgmeyer said, would lead to further action, including the revocation of a liquor business license.

“We ask for the cooperation of our companies in this matter to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors,” said Borgmeyer. “We don’t want to have to prescribe early closing times or other measures to keep the situation under control.”