Pflugerville is a great place to live. In fact, the city was recently ranked No. 43 on CNNMoney's 2012 list of America's best small cities. Mayor Jeff Coleman wasn't surprised, commending Pflugerville for having safe streets, a beautiful park system and incredible community spirit. Located just 18 miles north of the vibrant city of Austin, Pflugerville is a haven for some of the best opportunities in the American South and a great place to raise a family. Look for Pflugerville apartments for rent, and join the city's 48,000 residents who love to relax on Lake Pflugerville and enjoy the Texas sun.
William Bohls founded Pflugerville in 1860 by building a general store and post office at this location just north of Austin. The town was named after Henry Pfluger who purchased the first land in the area ten years earlier after fleeing Germany to escape the Prussian War. The first Pflugerville residents were farmers who grew corn, wheat, rye, beans, sweet potatoes, sugar cane and cattle to sell in markets on the Chisholm Trail. Pflugerville experienced rapid growth when the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad was brought to the area in 1904. The town prospered until the Great Depression led many residents to relocate to larger cities to find work, despite the busy cotton gins and ice factory in town. Today, Pflugerville is once again a progressive community with a growing population. Local residents celebrate Texas' rich history and culture with a new commitment to sustainability - Pflugerville is home to one of the largest solar farms in the United States.
Pflugerville is home to the Austin Community College Pflugerville Center. The Austin Community College system offers top-notch opportunities to residents in eight counties, and is one of the fastest growing community college networks in the country. With 235 valuable degree and certificate programs, ACC offers Pflugerville residents a dynamic education. The nearby city of Austin is also home to a number of acclaimed universities including The University of Texas at Austin, Huston-Tillotson University and St. Edwards University, among others.
Pflugerville is home to many business professionals who work both locally and in Austin. 72 percent of residents work in management, sales and office occupations across the scientific, administrative, educational and waste management industries. The manufacturing sector is also very popular here and provides jobs for 21 percent of residents. With Texas' strong tourism market, many Pflugerville residents also work in the service industry to help support local visitors.
There are many attractive aspects of the suburban Texas lifestyle, which unfortunately drives rent prices up in Pflugerville. United States Census Bureau statistics indicate that the standard apartment here costs $1,151 a month, which is $350 more than the state average. Although rent prices are relatively expensive, Pflugerville's cost of living index is a 94.9, which is still slightly below the national average of 100. Residents here believe they get what they pay for, and see the incentives of living in Pflugerville apartments as being well worth the price.
Pflugerville is home to many family-friendly events throughout the year. The annual Spring Pfling at Heritage Park features recreation programs, green initiatives, a petting zoo and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Local residents celebrate Pflugerville's unique heritage with the annual Deutchen Pfest, bringing Dutch food and cultural attractions into town. Other local favorites include the Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival, Pfall ChiliPfest & BBQ Cook Off and the Pfleugerville Arts and Crafts show.
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