The capital of Texas, Austin is the sixteenth largest city in the United States and the fourth largest in Texas with a population approaching 700,000 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in the United States, and has a population of approximately 1.4 million people.
Austin is located in central Texas. It is an hour and twenty minutes north of San Antonio, and a little over three hours northwest of Houston. Austin is home to three Fortune 1000 companies, including Whole Foods Market.
Austin-San Marcos is ranked as the 40th "Most Fun U.S. City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include: the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors. Austin is also a past winner of the coveted "All-America City Award" from the National Civic League.
Austin typically experiences warm weather year round. The coldest month of the year is January with an average daily temperature of almost 60 degrees. July and August are the warmest months of the year with average daily temperatures in the 95 degree Fahrenheit range.
Native Americans inhabited the area that is now Austin before the first European settlers arrived and established a settlement around 1835. Austin was founded as the village of Waterloo in 1837. Waterloo was chosen to become the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839. At that time, its name was changed to Austin to honor Stephen F. Austin, the "father of Texas". Other key dates in Austin's history include:
Austin is a center for arts and culture. Austin offers gardens, museums, the performing arts, and more. Some of Austin's more notable gardens and museums include:
For patrons of the performing arts, Austin is home to many fine performing arts attractions. Some of the more notable include:
Austin also plays host to numerous festivals every year, including an annual film/music/multimedia festival known as South by Southwest, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Carnaval, Eeyore's Birthday Party, the Old Settler's Music Festival, the Urban Music Festival, and more.
Austin has a very nice offering of sports attractions, including:
Austin is also a center for bicycling and is home to several cycling groups as well as Lance Armstrong. Runner's World magazine named Austin one of the "25 Best Running Cities in America" in July of 2005.
Austin has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Austin's more notable and unique attractions include:
Austin promotes itself as the live music capital of the world and boasts over a hundred live music venues. Sixth Street is a famous destination for nightspots. Good sources of information about events and happenings include the free alternative weekly Austin Chronicle, or the Austin American Statesman's "XLent" supplement published weekly on Thursday.
Austin strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Texas):
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Comparing Austin to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Texas (State):
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|People Above Poverty|
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|Short Commute Times|
|Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|People Living Alone|
|Affordability of Rents|
|Affordability of Property Taxes|
|Low Violent Crime|
|Low Property Crime|
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