Georgetown is the county seat of Williamson County, Texas. As of the 2010 census, Georgetown had a population just over 47,000. The oldest college in Texas, Southwestern University, is located less than a mile from Georgetown’s historic square. As of 1977, the Williamson County Courthouse Historical District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Members of the Tonkawa Tribe were among the first inhabitants of Georgetown. Throughout the 18th century, The Tonkawas transitioned to a horse culture. Despite the fact that most Native Americans were forced off of their land by European settlers, the Comanches continued to raid settlements in and around Georgetown until the 1860s.
Major Georgetown employers include Williamson County Government, Georgetown Independent School District, St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, Airborn, Inc., the City of Georgetown, Southwestern University, Caring Home Health, Wesleyan Homes, Inc. and Sun City (Del Webb). Sun City Georgetown (1995) was the second-largest economic development in the history of the city.
Countless films and television series have been shot in or around Georgetown over the years, including Friday Night Lights, Leadbelly, Grindhouse, Bernie, My Boyfriend’s Back, Natural Selection, The Big Picture, Picnic, Uber Goober, Pair of Aces, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Night Job, Johnny Be Good, Michael, Varsity Blues, Lemmy Lemmy, Where the Heart Is, Shady Grove, The Prophet of Armageddon, Dazed and Confused, Hope Floats, Temple Grandin and Men, Women & Culture.
Notable residents include Nolan Ryan, Mason Crosby, Brian Anderson, Matt Dominguez, John Wesley Snyder, Paul Womack, Ryan Ludwick and W. E. “Pete” Snelson. The Georgetown Municipal Courthouse is located at 101 East 7th Street in Georgetown, Texas, 78626.