After Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited the area during a buffalo-hunting expedition between 1837 and 1838, he proposed that the republic's capital, then in Houston, be relocated to the area situated on the north bank of the Colorado River (near the present-day Congress Avenue Bridge). It prides itself on "Keeping Austin Weird," especially with development in the surrounding area(s). [163] The film review websites and Ain't It Cool News are based in Austin. [56] Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and Lake Travis are each on the Colorado River. The Austin area has 29 public school districts, 17 charter schools and 69 private schools. It is common for a lengthy series of warm, dry, low-humidity days to be occasionally interrupted by very warm and humid days, and vice versa. The 41-mile section of the toll road between Mustang Ridge and Seguin has a posted speed limit of 85 mph (137 km/h), the highest posted speed limit in the United States. Chart. The current population of Austin, Texas is, The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at, only ethnic group in Austin that is shrinking, construction has not kept up with the population growth. [84] However, severe weather and/or supercell thunderstorms can occur multiple times per year, bringing damaging winds, lightning, heavy rain, and occasional flash flooding to the city. The Texas State Capitol itself is also a major tourist attraction. The city is also home to the Ballet East Dance Company, a modern dance ensemble, and the Tapestry Dance Company which performs a variety of dance genres. The Monitor is backed by the nonprofit Capital of Texas Media Foundation. Print. Other institutions of higher learning in Austin include St. Edward's University, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Community College, Concordia University, the Seminary of the Southwest, the Acton School of Business, Texas Health and Science University, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Virginia College's Austin Campus, The Art Institute of Austin, Southern Careers Institute of Austin, Austin Conservatory and a branch of Park University. Neighborhood in Austin, TX; 11 reviews #34 Most Diverse Places to Live in Austin Area. The Austin Public Library is a public library system operated by the City of Austin and consists of the Central Library on César Chávez Street, the Austin History Center, 20 branches and the Recycled Reads bookstore and upcycling facility. Highway 183 leads northwest of Austin toward Lampasas. Austin is the most populous city in the United States without a major-league professional sports team, which will change in 2021 with Austin FC entry to MLS. Dashboard. Austin has been the location for a number of motion pictures, partly due to the influence of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Radio-Television-Film. The Austin Chronicle is Austin's alternative weekly, while The Daily Texan is the student newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin. [213] The 10.1 miles (16.3 km) Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail forms a complete circuit around the lake. Males had a median income of $35,545 vs. $30,046 for females. There were 276,842 housing units at an average density of 1,100.7 per square mile (425.0/km2). The city also has live performance theater venues such as the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Vortex Repertory Company, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Rude Mechanicals' the Off Center, Austin Playhouse, Scottish Rite Children's Theater, Hyde Park Theatre, the Blue Theater, The Hideout Theatre, and Esther's Follies. However, it is most common during the spring. The University of Texas System and Texas State University System are headquartered in downtown Austin. The plan was subsequently upheld by a three-judge federal panel in late 2003, and on June 28, 2006, the matter was largely settled when the Supreme Court, in a 7–2 decision, upheld the entire congressional redistricting plan with the exception of a Hispanic-majority district in southwest Texas. This page acts as a portal to a large collection of demographic maps and a wide array of demographic data. In five elections between 1973 and 1994 Austin voters rejected single-member districts.[242]. [278] Most of the city is served by the Austin Independent School District. [42] Cotton was one of the few crops produced locally for export, and a cotton gin engine was located downtown near the trains for "ginning" cotton of its seeds and turning the product into bales for shipment. [101][102][103], According to a survey completed in 2014 by Gallup, it is estimated that 5.3% of residents in the Austin metropolitan area identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Austin averaged 1.65 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8. Austin is also home to a large number of food trucks, with 1,256 food trucks operating in 2016. 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[225], Camping is legal on all public property except in front of City Hall since 2019. For many years, Spanish colonists traveled through the area, but very few permanent settlements were created until 1730 when three missions from East Texas were reestablished at the site. Two districts—Eanes and Round Rock—are rated "gold medal," the highest of the magazine's cost-performance categories.[278]. [287], Alex Jones, journalist, radio show host and filmmaker, produces his talk show The Alex Jones Show in Austin which broadcasts nationally on more than 60 AM and FM radio stations in the United States, WWCR Radio shortwave and XM Radio: Channel 166. Copyright© 2019 Suburban Stats, Inc. All Rights Reserved. January is the coolest month with an average daytime high of 61 °F (16 °C). The city slowly grew, launching several beautification projects in the 1920s and 1930s, further boosting its appeal and population. [228] It was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1969, bearing Marker number 6473,[229] and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. The central business district of Austin is home to the tallest condo towers in the state, with The Independent (58 stories and 690 feet (210 metres) tall) and The Austonian (topping out at 56 floors and 685 feet (209 metres) tall).