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30 Interesting Facts About Austin

Facts About Austin

  • Austin is the youngest big city in the US per capita with 90,000 total college and university students.
  • Austin Finally Welcomes Its First Professional Sports Team: Austin FC.
  • Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas, as well as the seat and largest city of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties.
  • The estimated population of Austin is 978,908, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s, as of 1st of July, 2019.
  • Over 43% of Austin residents age 25 and over hold a bachelor’s degree, while 16% hold a graduate degree.
  • Austin is home to the only nude beach in Texas, Hippie Hollow situated on lake Travis, is a clothing-optional beach.
  • Residents of Austin are known as Austinites.
  • The city’s official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the city’s many musicians and live music venues.
  • Austin hosts the nation’s only Formula One racing championship.
  • Austin has been known as the “City of the Violet Crown”, because of the colourful glow of light across the hills just after sunset.
  • Austin, Travis County and Williamson County have been the site of human habitation since at least 9200 BC.
  • The city occupied a total area of 305.1 square miles, approximately 7.2 square miles of this area is water.
  • Austin is situated at the foot of the Balcones Escarpment, on the Colorado River, with three artificial lakes within the city limits: Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and Lake Walter E. Long.
  • The elevation of Austin varies from 425 feet to approximately 1,000 feet above sea level.
  • The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a history museum in Austin. Its stated mission is to tell “the Story of Texas.”
  • Austin has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network under the Media Arts category.
  • Austin’s sister cities are Adelaide, Australia; Angers, France; Antalya, Turkey; Gwangmyeong, South Korea; Hackney, United Kingdom; Koblenz, Germany; Lima, Peru; Maseru, Lesotho; Ōita, Japan; Orlu, Nigeria; Pune, India; Saltillo, Mexico; Taichung, Taiwan & Xishuangbanna, China.
  • Austin’s median household income is approximately $76,845.
  • Austin has the largest urban bat colony in North America, During spring and summer, about 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Austin.
  • Austin has celebrated the birthday of the fictional character from Winnie the Pooh since 1963. Eeyore’s Birthday Party usually happens on the last Saturday of April.
  • Austin has friendship cities, that’s covenants between two city leaders: Siem Reap, Cambodia; Tehuacán, Mexico & Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.
  • Austin is home to the last remaining moonlight towers, The city purchased 31 used moonlight towers from Detroit in 1894, and they still light up the sky today.
  • The Texas State Capitol building is the largest state capitol in the U.S.
  • In 1987 Austin originated and remains the site for South by Southwest, an annual conglomeration of parallel film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March.
  • Austin was Incorporated as a city on the 27th of December, 1839.
  • Austin is the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States and is considered a “Beta −” global city as categorized by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
  • The lowest ever recorded temperature in the city was −2 °F (−19 °C) on January 31, 1949.
  • Austin’s top three industries are; Technology, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology.
  • Austin’s climate is subtropical with prevailing southerly winds and an average of 300 days of sunshine each year.
  • “Keep Austin Weird” has been a local motto for years

 

Interesting Facts About Austin
Interesting Facts About Austin

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