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Austin is a city in Travis County. (The community straddles Travis and Williamson counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after Stephen Fuller Austin, early leader in Texas battle for independence.

The latitude of Austin is 30.266N. The longitude is -97.742W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 489 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 672,011.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Austin demographic reports
Austin is on the Colorado River.
Public transportation: Capital Metro Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,153. The number of murders and homicides was 27. The violent crime rate was 4.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 7 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 7 on the "Best Cities for Dogs" list, Men's Health magazine, 2007
Filming location for:
· 2006 movie, "Infamous"
· 1997 movie, "Good Will Hunting"
· 2003 movie, "The Life of David Gale"
· 2006 movie, "Fast Food Nation"
· 2007 movie, "Grindhouse"
· 2004 movie, "The Alamo"
· 2006 movie, "A Scanner Darkly"
· 2006 movie, "The Return"
· 2005 movie, "Sin City"
Setting for "Austin City Limits" program on NPR
Census 2000 highlights: 16th largest city in the U.S., by population; city with the seventh largest population growth in the 1990s (162,272 people)
Well-known residents have included:
· Lance Armstrong, cyclist
· Ethan Hawke, actor
· Dabney Coleman, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include It's a Grind, Seattle's Best Coffee, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • SXSW - March 9-18, 2007
  • Spamarama - April 7, 2007
  • Greek Festival - June 1-2, 2007
  • Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo - March 9-24, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 13, 2007
  • Old Pecan Street Spring Festival - May 5-6, 2007
  • Cine Las Americas International Film Festival - April 19-26, 2007
  • "Austin City Limits" Music Festival - Sept. 14-16, 2007
  • Texas Book Festival - Nov. 2-4, 2007
  • Austin Film Festival - Oct. 11-18, 2007
  • Texas Bamboo Festival - Aug. 25-26, 2007
  • BatFest - Sept. 1-2, 2007
  • Celtic Festival - Nov. 3-4, 2007
  • Old Settler's Music Festival - April 19-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Austin web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Austin Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: McKinney Falls State Park, Arkansas Bend Park
Wildlife: A huge urban bat colony can be seen at the Congress Avenue bridge over Town Lake

Austin attractions: Austin Zoo, Austin Nature and Science Center, Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Sports teams: Wranglers (Arena Football League), Toros (NBA D League), Ice Bats (CHL)
Historic routes: Chisholm Trail, Shawnee Trail
Historic sites and museums: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Texas Memorial Museum, Austin Nature & Science Center, Austin Children's Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Texas State Capitol, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University Austin, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward's University, Austin Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 169
If you're lucky enough to hang around awhile, you'll discover for yourself that the spirit of Austin is a puff of Willie, a rift of Stevie Ray, and a little piece of Janis's heart.
-- The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic
Kinky Friedman

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Austin demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Travis County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Austin-Round Rock area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 78721 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Austin residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Austin ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: The region has a number of spring-fed swimming pools; one of the best known is Barton Springs

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Austin was $24,163, compared with $21,587 nationally.


40% of Austin residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Austin include Bremond Block Historic District, Clarksville Historic District, Congress Avenue Historic District, Hyde Park Historic District, Rainey Street Historic District, Shadow Lawn Historic District, Sixth Street Historic District, Swedish Hill Historic District, Willow - Spence Streets Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Austin, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $633.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,181.


Libraries in Austin include Austin History Center Library, Austin Public Library, Carver Branch Library, Cepeda Branch Library, Howson Branch Library, Little Walnut Creek Branch Library, Manchaca Road Branch Library, Milwood Branch Library, North Village Branch Library, Oak Springs Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Austin include Austin American-Statesman

TV stations in Austin include KEYE, KLRU, KNVA, KQUX-CA, KTBC, KVUE, KXAN.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUT.

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Travis County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Austin political report.

Postal Service

Austin restaurants taking online reservations include Capitol Brasserie, Cool River Cafe - Austin, Dona Emilia's, Eddie V's - 5th Street, Eddie V's - Arboretum, Jeffrey's Restaurant, Kenichi, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Austin, RedBud Bar & Grille, Reed's Jazz & Supper Club ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Austin workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 192 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Austin between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ If you're lucky enough to hang around awhile, you'll discover for yourself that the spirit of Austin is a puff of Willie, a rift of Stevie Ray, and a little piece of Janis's heart. ”
~ The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic
Kinky Friedman

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