Austin, Texas

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City of Austin
Skyline of 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
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
 • Mayor Lee Leffingwell
 • 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 | change 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 | change source]

Austin has a semi-arid climate (Bsh in the Koeppen climate classification) with hot summers and mild winters.

Government[change | change source]

The mayor of Austin is Lee Leffingwell.

Austin also has a city council with seven members.

Business[change | change source]

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

Sports[change | change 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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