Central Texas includes the Austin–Round Rock, Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Bryan–College Station, and Waco metropolitan areas. The Austin–Round Rock and Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood areas are among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the state. Some of the largest cities in the region are Austin, College Station, Killeen, Round Rock, and Waco.
The Central Plains region of Texas is mostly rolling grasslands, with cross timbers area populated often heavily with hardwood trees. Farming is common in this area due to the fertile soils, as well as, is cattle, goat and sheep ranching all thriving industries in the Central Texas region. There are many landscapes in Central Texas. Rivers, escarpments, grasslands, hardwood trees are only some of the many beautiful geographic topographies this region has to offer. The Cap Rock escarpment makes up the western border, the Gulf Coastal Plains border the region to the east, the Colorado River forms the southern border, and the northern border between Texas and Oklahoma is formed by the Red River. Central Texas produces many resources like grains, cattle, poultry, hay, cotton and pecans. These are all commodities of this region which makes them important for their economy. The weather of the central plains is usually very hot, and susceptible to drought as a result of the high heat. While other regions do have some tornadoes, the Central Plains region by far has the most and is considered as part of the “Tornado Alley”. The Central Plains is one of the many parts of Texas that has had rapidly growing populations, so the Central Plains of Texas may have more major cities and urbanization in the future.
Major Rivers: Colorado River, Red River, Brazos River, Trinity River
Trinity, Ellenburg/San Saba, Hickory, Marble Falls, Granite Gravel, Granite