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July 8, 2024

Is Pflugerville, TX a Good Place to Live?

Located just north of Austin, the city of Pflugerville is gaining attention as one of the best places to live in Texas. With its quiet suburban feel, affordable living, excellent schools and employment opportunities, and easy access to the entertainment of the “Live Music Capital of the World,” it’s no wonder that more and more homeowners are looking to put down roots in Pflugerville.

Learn more about what makes Pflugerville, TX a good place to live and see if it’s right for you:

History of Pflugerville, Texas

Pronounced “floo‑gr‑vil,” Pflugerville was named for German immigrant Henry Pfluger, Sr., who first settled it in 1849. Pfluger means “plowman,” and the Pfluger family raised corn, wheat, rye, beans, sweet potatoes, and sugar cane.

Following the American Civil War, Pflugerville grew into a settlement with commercial businesses and charitable organizations. The population grew to about 250 during the 1890s, then skyrocketed after the Missouri‑Kansas‑Texas Railroad was completed in 1904.

Pflugerville experienced limited growth and economic development through the Great Depression and World War II as residents sought opportunities in larger cities, but it survived. Throughout the 1980s, new development fueled the city’s growth, turning it into one of the fastest‑growing cities in the state.

Pflugerville more than doubled in size by 2,000, bolstered by the rapid growth of Austin. As of 2023, the city boasts over 65,301 people.

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Where Is Pflugerville, Texas?

Pflugerville is 14 miles northeast of downtown Austin along FM 1825 in northern Travis County. State Highway 130 and State Highway 45 of the Texas tollway system increase the access to Pflugerville, leading to the rise of major retail centers, medical centers, an airport, and multiple businesses, including:

  • Flextronics
  • FedEx Ground
  • Dell
  • Amazon Distribution Center
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • H‑E‑B
  • Star Furniture Company

As a bustling city, Pflugerville has easy access to the rest of Texas, including Dallas/Fort Worth to the north, San Antonio to the south, and Houston and the Gulf Coast to the east.

What’s the Weather Like in Pflugerville?

Like most of the region, Pflugerville has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. It can get as hot as 95°F in the summer, but warm temperatures around 56°F are common in the winter with rare snowfall.

Drought isn’t a problem in Pflugerville. With an average of 34 inches annually, Pflugerville has a lot of lush green space. However, there are more sunny days than rainy days throughout the year.

Is Pflugerville Affordable?

One of the factors driving relocation to Pflugerville is affordability. Despite trying economic times, Pflugerville’s cost of living is 3% lower than the national average.

The housing expenses are about 5% lower than the national average, with a median home price of $429,269 and a median rent of $1,305. Utilities are about 3% lower than the national average, while grocery prices are about 14% lower than the national average.

K‑12 Through Higher Education in Pflugerville

If you have school‑age children, Pflugerville offers over 60 schools, including 40 private schools. Public education is offered by the Pflugerville Independent School District (PflSD), which includes Pflugerville, Austin, Coupland, Hutto, Manor, and Round Rock. PflSD scored an A‑ on Niche for its teachers, college prep, diversity, academics, and activities.

There’s more than just K through 12, however. Some of the best colleges and universities are close to Pflugerville, including South University, Texas Health and Science University, University of Texas, Texas State University, and Temple College.

Children studying together in a Pflugerville ISD classroom with a teacher supporting

 

Employment Opportunities in Pflugerville

Pflugerville may have started as a bedroom community of Austin, but it’s now a hub of small businesses and major companies that offer a variety of employment opportunities.

The median household income in Pflugerville is $111,151 – compared to the national median of $75,149 – and the top employers are AFP, EDGE Memory, Community Impact Newspaper, and the City of Pflugerville, TX.

In addition to the major employers in Pflugerville, you have the opportunity to seek employment in the Greater Ausitn area. Accenture, Amazon, Apple, Applied Materials, Dell, NXP Semiconductors, the Texas State Government, the US Federal Government, and the local colleges and universities are among the largest employers.

Business Development in Pflugerville

With a pro‑business administration, plenty of industrial space and land, affluent consumers, and easy access to the rest of the state, Pflugerville offers unique benefits for entrepreneurs.

If you have plans to start or relocate a business in Pflugerville, the City of Pflugerville offers incentives to stimulate growth and expansion, including:

Tax Abatement
Triple Freeport Exemption
Chapter 380 Financing
Tax Increment Financing
Industrial Foundation
Public Utility Incentives
Low Property Tax Rates
EB 5 Financing

Things to Do in Pflugerville

Among its other benefits, there are also plenty of things to see and do year round in Pflugerville:

Outdoor Fun

With so many warm, sunny days in Pflugerville, it’s no surprise that residents spend a lot of their time outdoors. There are lush parks throughout the city, including Mirror Lake Park and Pfenning Park, with playgrounds, pools, picnic areas, and community events.

If you want more adventure, Lake Pflugerville offers 180 acres of water for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wind surfing. There are beaches, boat launches, walking trails, and playgrounds along the banks.

Family Fun

Pflugerville caters to families with children. Typhoon Texas, an outdoor waterpark, is one of the city’s biggest attractions. Open nearly year‑round, the park features over 30 different rides and attractions, including wave pools, a lazy river, and waterslides for all ages. You’ll find interactive play areas, eateries, and private cabanas on site as well.

Another popular water park is Hawaiian Falls, which boasts splash zones for younger children, water rides, wave pools, and lazy rivers. For the adults, the park has shaded cabanas and picnic areas for lunch and relaxation.

For more educational experiences, the Pflugerville Public Library offers a variety of programs and events for children, ranging from storytelling to craft sessions to summer reading programs.

Shopping and Dining

The Stone Hill Town Center is the city’s premier shopping and dining spot with popular retail chains to independent shops. After shopping, you can dine in one of the many restaurants and cafes, take the kids to the onsite playground, or see one of the latest movies at Cinemark theater.

View of shops and natural outdoor plant decorations at The Domain shopping center in Austin

Events in Pflugerville

There’s always something happening in Pflugerville. Here are some examples of the hotly anticipated events:

  • Deutschen Pfest: This annual fall festival in Pfluger Park celebrates the city’s heritage with food, live music, arts and crafts, and more.
  • Library Con: This annual library convention features artists and authors offering interviews, panels, and book signings, as wel las activities, crafts, and costume contests.
  • Music in the Park: Held in Pfluger Park on Friday nights, these outdoor concert series are a highlight of the summer season.
  • Maker Pfest: This library event features artists, crafters, and makers to demonstrate arts and crafts with patrons.
  • Pfarmers Market: Held each week from May to October, the Pfarmers Market brings together local vendors for fresh produce and baked goods.
  • Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade: The annual holiday parade fills the downtown area with Christmas cheer, including lighting of the Christmas tree, photos with Santa, and more.
  • Pfloating Pumpkin Patch: One of the most unique events in the city, the Pfloating Pumpkin Patch invites residents to dive into the pool to pick a pumpkin and decorate it.
  • Pfishing Day: Located on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville, Pfishing Day is a fun competition for all ages.
  • Winter Pfest: This family‑friendly event features indoor games, crafts, and activities for families with children under age 10.
  • Pfreeze Pflop: Pflugerville’s version of the Polar Plunge, the Pfreeze Pflop challenges residents to ring in the new year by sliding into the Scott Mentzer Pool.

In addition to the fun in Pflugerville, you’re just a short ride from Austin and its many attractions, including live music venues, specialty museums, haunted tours, food tours, and must‑see sites like the LBJ Presidential Library, the Texas State Hospital, and the Formula One Grand Prix at  the Circuit of the Americas.

Cielo East: The Best Neighborhood in Pflugerville

Combining modernity and low‑maintenance design, Cielo East offers new construction homes in a premiere gated community available from the high $300s, with spacious living areas and high‑end finishes. The community is situated in the heart of Pflugerville, within minutes of major highways, golf courses, and Zola Park, as well as major retail centers like Round Rock Premium Outlets, the Domain, and an upcoming development called The District.

Interior view of a new home decorated in warm modern style in Cielo East, a gated community in Pflugerville

Masonwood’s new homes in Cielo East also offer the latest energy efficiency standards with ideal plans for singles, couples, and families, and with seven floor plans to choose from, you can customize everything from the layout to the finishes and fixtures to make it your own – with so much to offer, it’s no surprise why Cielo East was named one of the best gated communities in the Austin area!

Want to learn more about life in Pflugerville? Contact us to learn more about our available move‑in ready homes in Cielo East.

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