ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - New U.S. Census numbers show Austin's population continues to spill out into surrounding communities quickly becoming big cities themselves.
In the last year, the numbers in Austin increased nearly 4 percent. Cedar Park, Kyle, San Marcos and Round Rock all had even greater increases. Round Rock rose to the top, adding nearly 5 percent more people to its population.
The city has come a long way since the 1850s when it was merely a cattle crossing with a population of 250. By 1980, there were 13,000 people living there, and today there are more than 100,000. By 2030, the city estimates its population will be 158,000.
Since 2005, the number of new homes built in Round Rock went up by 21 percent. In the last decade, it grew by 43 percent.
Beyond housing, schools are evidence of the population boom. Round Rock ISD – which encompasses the entire city and has boundaries in other communities - built eight new campuses in the last five years, including its largest high school - Cedar Ridge. The district adds around 1,000 each year.
"Currently, we're sitting at over 45,000 students," said JoyLynn Occhiuzzi, RRISD spokeswoman. "We have 50 campuses. We are a growing district, and we're going to start looking at the process of possibly doing a bond study with our community to find out if we need another bond."
Light snow flurries were reported early Saturday just north of the KXAN viewing area. Sub-freezing temperatures along with a slight chance of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue through Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.