Burnet, Texas is located approximately 48 miles northwest of Austin and 36 miles west of Georgetown. It is named after David Gouverneur Burnet, the first interim President of the Republic of Texas.
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For years, Burnet has been a hidden gem of a lakeside community, tucked away in the hills of central Texas and far away from the stresses of big city living. But with Burnet’s designation in a 2006 Money magazine article as one of the top five “rural hot spots “to invest and its growth since then, more people are discovering this Hill Country town.
Burnet’s natural beauty and convenient location to the Highland Lakes chain makes it appealing, as does its sense of community. As with many small communities, life in Burnet is centered on its children and schools. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is the largest employer here, and the Hill Country Community Foundation awards a scholarship to every Burnet High School graduate accepted to an accredited college or university.
Health services here include Seton Highland Lakes Hospital – a 42-bed acute care hospital located between Burnet and Marble Falls that offers 24-hour emergency care, plus comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for residents in the surrounding area. The healthcare clinic adjacent to the hospital offers primary and preventive care.
Families and empty nesters alike choose to live here, with many people coming to look for retirement community. Burnet also offers smaller local shops and stores, as well as larger department stores in nearby Marble Falls.