Jarrell is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States, and is located about 12 miles north of Georgetown, Texas, or about 38 miles (62 km) north of Austin. The total population is 984 according to the2010 census. The total population for Sonterra West is estimated for 2014 to be 3,000, based on the existing 1,200 households in the district.
|City of Jarell|
Jarrell City Hall
Location in the state of Texas
|Coordinates: 30°49′40″N 97°36′24″W|
Founded in 1909 by real estate developer O.D. Jarrell, along with E. C. Haeber, the town was settled at the intersection of an old stagecoach road and the Bartlett and Western Railway that was under construction. Soon after the railroad was completed, a saloon, two stores, a post office, and a bank were built. Because of the proximity of Jarrell to the railroad, the residents of nearby Corn Hill moved to the town. The city reached a population peak of 500 residents in 1914. The closing of the railway and the decline of the cotton industry, however, led to a long term recession. At one point, Jarrell had only 200 residents. After this low point, the city experienced a recovery that increased its population to 410 by 1990. Over 15 new businesses opened in Jarrell in 2009.
On May 27, 1997, the town suffered heavily from the destructive F5Jarrell Tornado, which obliterated the Double Creek Estates subdivision, killing 27 people plus 300 cattle and horses.
In 2004, Sonterra West Master Plan Community began development adjacent to Jarrell, TX and located within the City’s ETJ. Sonterra West is a Municipal Utility District (MUD). A MUD is a special-purpose district or other governmental jurisdiction that provides public utilities (such as electricity, sewage treatment, waste collection/management, water, parks, recreation centers, pools, etc.) to district residents. Although adjacent to the city and very much part of Jarrell, the MUD and its development are governed by a MUD Manager/Board of Directors and not by the traditional Mayor/City Council bodies. Sonterra West has a population of well over 3,000. Couple this with the population of the City of Jarrell and you have thriving community.