Leander (/lindr/lee-AN-dr) is a city in Williamson and Travis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 26,521 at the 2010 census. The city was established in 1882 on the railroad to Austin and was named in honor of Leander "Catfish" Brown, a railroad official. It was near Leander that the Leanderthal Lady, a skeleton dating back 10,000 to 13,000 years, was discovered; the site was one of the earliest intact burials found in the United States. Leander is located at 303340N975137W / 30.56111N 97.86028W / 30.56111; -97.86028Coordinates: 303340N975137W / 30.56111N 97.86028W / 30.56111; -97.86028 (30.561108, -97.860301), about 22 miles northwest of Austin. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5square miles (19.3km). None of the area is covered with water.