The City of Manor Strives to promote Community spirit through the preservation of our unique character and heritage while fostering a dynamic economic environment. In the past decade, the population of the city of Manor has grown more than 500 percent. Like other suburbs in Central Texas, many newcomers move there from Austin – pushed out by rising housing costs.
Living in Manor
The City of Manor is situated approximately 12 miles east of Austin on U.S. Highway 290, which links much of Central Texas to Houston. Over the next decade, Manor is poised to see explosive growth as its proximity to Austin, its affordable land, and its location at an interchange of the SH130 toll-road set the stage for this growth. Many new subdivisions offer a variety of housing types for first-time homebuyers to retirees. In addition, the possibility that the still-active rail line might be used for commuter rail has increases Manor’s growth prospects. Manor city staff estimates that the population has grown to 7,900 as of August 2015. By 2020, it forecasts that the population will reach 10,300 people. If projections pan out, Manor will have seen an 8.5-fold population increase over 20 years, and that doesn’t even include the Shadowglen and Presidential Meadows subdivisions that lie just outside of city limits and are home to approximately 4,000 residents. Manor is the 358th largest community in Texas.
There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Manor, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Manor and putting down their money on brand new construction. Manor’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Manor does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people because the median household income is $67,542.00. Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Manor is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Manor is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Manor who work in sales jobs (14.26%), office and administrative support (14.04%), and computer science and math (7.91%). Also of interest is that Manor has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. In conjunction with the current boom in residential growth, commercial retail and service providers are discovering that the City of Manor has affordable land, along with streamlined development processes created to welcome new development.
Parks and recreation
The Manor area offers abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Jennie Lane Park in downtown Manor is the center of most community-oriented events such as the Manor Farmers Market, Summertime Movie Series, and Christmas in the Park. The park is a "Smart Park" with WiFi access and coded signage accessible by smartphones for retrieving historical and other information. The park consists of a gazebo, pavilion, and outdoor exercise equipment provided by a grant from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department’s Steps to a Healthier Austin Program. East Metro Park is a multiple-use recreational area with ball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts, playscapes, hiking trails, stock ponds, and both free and fee reserved pavilions. The park also includes a swimming pool managed by the YMCA of Austin and is five minutes southeast of Manor. Wildhorse Creek & ShadowGlen & Stonewater subdivisions include parks, playscapes, and multi-use fields. ShadowGlen amenities include a 4-acre (16,000 m2) water park and junior Olympic-size pool. Adjacent to ShadowGlen subdivision is one of Golf Digest’s America’s Best New Courses of 2004.
Manor Independent School District is a rapidly growing, diverse district that encompasses approximately 100 square miles and includes addresses in Austin, Manor, and Elgin, Texas. It serves over 8,700 students at two high schools, two middle schools, eight elementary schools, and one alternative academy. The District is made up of a unique blend of rural and urban features with its diverse population. Its primary focus offers exciting opportunities and demonstrates what is possible when educating 21st-century students.
Attached below is the attendance zone map for Manor ISD's eight elementary school campuses. Below are the middle school feeder patterns.
Decker Middle School -- Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School -- Decker Elementary School -- Oak Meadows Elementary School -- Pioneer Crossing Elementary School
Manor Middle School -- Blake Manor Elementary School -- Manor Elementary School -- Presidential Meadows Elementary School -- ShadowGlen Elementary School
Both Decker Middle School and Manor Middle School feed to Manor High School unless students are accepted to Manor New Tech High School in the spring of their 8th-grade year through the lottery process.
GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATION
Manor ISD will implement three research-based programs at its Middle and Elementary Schools to provide new educational opportunities in Manor ISD. The three programs are a fine arts academies, International Baccalaureate schools, and the New Tech model. The percentage of adults in Manor who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.52% of the adults in Manor have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
Originally established in the late 1880s, the Manor community was a hub for the Central Texas cotton industry. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and Manor is proud to be a hub for the high-tech industry, with Samsung and Applied Materials within its boundaries and Dell and Freescale Semiconductors in close proximity. This town of three stoplights along U.S. 290 East ballooned from 1,200 people in 2000 to more than 5,000 to day 15,000 if you consider a five-mile radius beyond its city limits and that growth has developers and city officials crowing about a mini business boom these days. Manor is a community at a crossroads, both geographically and culturally. Located near the interchange of US Highway 290 East and State Highway 130, Manor is just six miles northeast of Austin’s city limits. Manor lies along the main highway linking Austin and Houston metropolitan areas. Using State Highway 130, Manor is only minutes from Austin- Bergstrom International Airport to the south and Round Rock to the north. Traffic counts along the stretch of highway through Manor exceed 50,000 trips per day.
Manor is becoming less of an isolated rural community and more of an Austin suburb, making it an attractive and economical location to live and to do business. The City of Manor has adopted an ordinance that provides incentives to developers to encourage growth within the Manor area. Today, the Manor community has become a hub for the central Texas technology industry, with technology giants such as Applied Materials and Samsung, among others, listed on their tax role. For a lot of companies, Texas is a business-friendly destination. There's no personal state income tax and wages are competitive. In Austin, you'll find a thriving business base that includes enterprises in technology, digital media, clean energy and life sciences, advanced manufacturing and data centers. It's a dynamic business ecosystem that has provided consistent growth for some of the world's most successful companies, including Dell, Whole Foods, eBay, Facebook, 3M, General Motors, NXP Semiconductors, Samsung, and more. Central Texas has the infrastructure to support your business. We offer proven telecommunications, transportation, and electric and water utility capacities that support major industries. Our municipal utility, Austin Energy, boasts the lowest outage frequency and outage duration rates in the country. Also, our modern international airport is among the most sophisticated in the nation. When it comes to business, it seems the whole world has a place in the heart of Central Texas. Austin is a region defined by stunning growth, lower business and living costs, and a youthful, well-educated population. It's easy to see why Austin business makes national headlines; in fact, Forbes's ranked Austin in 2016 as the city most likely to prosper over the next decade. This 5 region offers the right location for every kind of business. When you step off the jet at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, you're standing at the portal of a region that encompasses rural areas ripe for development, upscale suburban communities, historic squares, and busy college towns. It's a region anchored by a world-class metropolitan area with the culture, environment, and lifestyle that attracts the best in class employees. Our communities offer urban, suburban, and rural operating environments that offer choices for every type of facility.