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Austin, Texas is an exciting state capital that calls itself the live music capital of the world. With a rich and varied history and modern day emphasis on high tech development, Austin offers something for everyone today, as evidenced by its city limits population of over 790,000.
Austin’s history dates back to the 1830’s. This is when pioneers moving into the region began to settle the central Austin area on the Colorado River. By 1839, the town had grown rapidly enough to take Houston’s place as capital for the Republic of Texas. The city name was changed from Waterloo to Austin to honor the “Father of Texas” and initial secretary of state Stephen F. Austin. All through the 1800’s, the city expanded into a leading center for education and government through the building of the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Capitol.
The Great Depression slowed down growth and economic activity for a decade before Austin’s steady growth and development continued. In the 1990’s, the city was on the map as a major center for business and technology. Many Fortune 500 firms have either regional offices or company headquarters in Austin. This includes Apple, Amazon, 3M, eBay, Cisco, Google, General Motors, Intel, IBM, Oracle, Texas Instruments, PayPal, and Whole Foods Market. The world headquarters of Dell Computers is found in Round Rock, an Austin suburb nearby.
Austin occupies a roughly 305 square mile area (as of 2010). As such, the city has grown into the 11th biggest city in the U.S. by population. It is also the fourth most heavily populated city in all of Texas. Austin has the honor of being the most rapidly growing city in the entire nation, as well as the second biggest state capital by population following Phoenix, Arizona. It is also the farthest south located state capital in the continental United States.
Austin lies at the Balcones Escarpment’s foot along the Colorado River. It counts three man made lakes in the official city limits, including Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and Lake Walter E. Long. The foot of Lake Travis and Mansfield Dam also both lie within the city limits. Austin’s elevation ranges from 425 feet high to around 1,000 feet above sea level.
The climate of Austin is unique as it lies in the midst of a transitional zone between the humid, green, lusher American Southeast and the drier deserts in the American Southwest. This means that its climate is a function of both zones. The climate is officially called a humid subtropical one.
It boasts extremely hot and long summers and mild, shorter winters. The fall and spring are both pleasingly warm. Austin receives an average of 34.32 inches of year rainfall in total. It enjoys 2,650 average hours of bright sun each year.
The metropolitan Austin area boasted a GDP of $86 billion back in 2010. The city enjoys the enviable reputation as an important high technology center. The workforce is fueled by thousands of computer science and engineering grads from the University of Texas at Austin every year. These workers help to power the defense and technology industries dotting the city.
Thanks to the fantastic growth in the city and area, Forbes has ranked this region its best big city for jobs in the 2012 yearly survey. WSJ Marketwatch ranked the region as top for growing businesses. In 2013, Austin received the ranking of number 15 on the Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers,” coming in just below #14 Dallas, Texas.