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
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
Website www.ci.austin.tx.us

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 humid subtropical climate (Cfa in the Koeppen climate classification) with hot summers and mild winters. The city rarely gets snow at all and frosts are infrequent.

Government[change | change source]

The current mayor of Austin is Steve Adler (D).

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.

Famous Destinations[change | change source]

-6th Street (Known also as Pecan Street): Known for various bars (incl. old fashioned saloons, dive bars, gay bars, etc.), most of these bars hosting live music.

-Mount Bonnell: The highest point in Austin, TX. Come here for romantic moments and beautiful nature in front of scenic vistas.

-Capitol Building: Bigger than the U.S. Capitol.

-Congress Ave.: One of the main streets of the city. Famous for the bat bridge which hosts millions of Mexican Free-Tail Bats. South Congress Ave. (Aka SOCO) is a famous tourist district with unique and odd shops, trailer park eats, and more live music.

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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