Austin, Texas

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City of Austin
Nickname(s): Live Music Capital of the World[1], River City, ATX, The City with the Violet Crown
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°16′N 97°45′W / 30.267°N 97.75°W / 30.267; -97.75Coordinates: 30°16′N 97°45′W / 30.267°N 97.75°W / 30.267; -97.75
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Travis County
Government
 • Mayor Lee Leffingwell
Area
 • City 296.25 sq mi (767.28 km2)
 • Metro 4,285.7 sq mi (11,099.91 km2)
Population (2011)[2]
 • City 820,611
 • Density 2,396.3/sq mi (925.21/km2)
 • Metro 1,513,565+
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78701-78705, 78708-78728, 78730-78739, 78741-78742, 78744-78769
Area code(s) 512

Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas. The University of Texas at Austin is there.

Austin is frequently called the Live Music Capital of the World.

History[change | edit source]

Austin was first called Waterloo in 1835. In 1839 it was chosen to be the capital city of The Republic of Texas and named for Stephen F. Austin. The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1883.

Climate[change | edit source]

Austin has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) with hot summers and mild Winters.

Government[change | edit source]

The mayor of Austin is Lee Leffingwell.

Austin also has a city council with seven members.

Business[change | edit source]

Many businesses have their main offices in or near Austin, including AMD, Dell, Freescale Semiconductors, PayPal, and Whole Foods.

Sports[change | edit source]

Formula One has made an agreement with the city of Austin to host the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. A new racetrack will be built to host the race.[3] The last United States Grand Prix was in 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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