Georgetown, the county seat of Williamson County, is on Interstate Highway 35 and the San Gabriel River in the center of the county. It was founded in 1848 and named for George Washington Glasscock, who, with his partner, Thomas B. Huling, donated land for the site. Pioneers were attracted by the abundance of timber and good, clear water, as were the Tonkawa Indians, who had a village there. In addition, the land was inexpensive and extremely fertile. The first wave of settlers was from Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois, and other states. Swedish settlers came by the 1850s; after 1870 German, Austrian, and Swiss settlers began arriving and after 1880 Moravian and Czech. A few Blacks came with early Anglo families, and migration from Mexico began about 1910.
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Georgetown by the Numbers
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|75,247||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|47,400||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|28,339||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|14,842||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|9,468||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,395||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,218||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,951||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,682||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,583||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,871||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,096||1910||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,790||1900||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,447||1890||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,354||1880||Texas Demographic Center|
|320||1870||Texas Demographic Center|
|200||1858||Texas Demographic Center|