Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Vital Stats

POPULATION: 1.3 million in metropolitan area; 690,000 within city limits; the 16th largest city in the U.S.

POPULATION: 1.3 million in metropolitan area; 690,000 within city limits; the 16th largest city in the U.S.

AREA: City li mits: 232 square miles; Metro area: 2,705  square miles.

This story first appeared in the September 11, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

OUTDOORS: The active city has 220 parks, including the 360-acre Zilker Park, the 68-degree spring-fed swimming hole Barton Springs and a 10.1-mile hike-and-bike trail around Town Lake. Austin’s three lakes (Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Town Lake, also now known as Lady Bird Johnson Lake) have a combined shoreline of 405 miles and total water surface area of 20,693 acres.

WEATHER: 300 days of sunshine annually; 68.5 degrees average year-round temperature; 32 inches of rainfall annually.

HISTORY: Founded in 1838 by Jacob Harrell along the Lower Colorado River; named for Texas colonist Stephen F. Austin.



TAXES: 8.25 percent sales tax, no state income tax.

• The Lone Star State’s capital, Austin is home to the State Capitol of Texas, which stands 302 feet high — 14 feet higher than the nation’s capitol in Washington (not an accident).
• The University of Texas, located just north of downtown, is one of the nation’s largest public universities with nearly 50,000 students.
• Locally called “Silicon Hills,” Austin is headquarters for Dell Computer Corp. and major operations for IBM, Samsung, Freescale and Advanced Micro Devices.
• Dubbed the “live music capital of the world,” Austin is home to musicians including Willie Nelson and the Dixie Chicks, and the city offers nearly 200 live music venues.
• Austin’s night scene’s three main strips are Sixth Street, the Warehouse and Red River Entertainment Districts.
• With up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats roosting under the Congress Avenue Bridge from March through October, Austin is home to North America’s largest urban bat population

load comments


Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account, or simply type your comment below as a guest by entering your email and name. Your email address will not be shared. Please note that WWD reserves the right to remove profane, distasteful or otherwise inappropriate language.
blog comments powered by Disqus