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Austin is the seat of Travis County and the capital of the state of Texas. It is the eleventh largest city by population in the United States and the fourth largest city in Texas. Austin has approximately 842,592 people living in the city, and the landscape spans over 272 square miles. Situated in the central part of the state of Texas, the city of Austin serves as the economic and cultural center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which has approximately 1.8 million residents.

Austin Real Estate

The average listing price in the city of Austin is $575,809. The average home value is $?227,400 and homes spend about 43 days on the market. The median price in the city is $235,000. The most active neighborhoods in Austin are: Downtown, Steiner Ranch, West Oak Hill, Allandale, and South River City. Other popular areas include: Riverside, The Fairway At Great Hills, Vista West, North Burnet, and Franklin Park.


The most popular styles of homes in Austin are: Craftsman style, Spanish style, Tuscan style, and Mediterranean style homes. Bungalow homes can also be found in the city of Austin, as well as condominiums and townhouses.


Austin is located inside a humid subtropical climate, which is characterized by mild winters and hot summers. During the summer months of June, July, and August the daytime highs generally reach into the low to mid nineties, though they sometimes rise to the high nineties. Overnight lows in the same months dip into the low seventies. Winter daytime highs average in the low sixties, with overnight lows typically falling to the low forties.


Austin has a fairly diverse population, with its residents 68.3 percent white, 35.1 percent Hispanic or Latino 8.1 percent black, 6.3 percent Asian, while residents of two or more races total 3.4 percent, with 0.9 percent being an American Indian, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander account for 0.1 percent, according to the latest figures available through the US Census Bureau.

Main Attractions

The most visited attractions in Austin are: the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum with its high tech, interactive exhibits, artifacts, and IMAX Theatre, Blanton Museum of Art features European paintings and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Barton Springs Pool. Other popular destinations include the Texas State Capitol building and the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail.


Like many cities in the state of Texas, the residents of the city of Austin and the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metro area, travel in private passenger car. Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority provides mostly buses but also operates a light rail service. Austin is also served by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Because it is a sprawling city, the majority of residents choose to drive their own vehicles, though more public transportation options are being planned or becoming available.


Being the anchor city of the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA, the area boasts a gross domestic product of $86 billion. The city of Austin in very big for high tech companies, and is an emerging as a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Forbes named its metropolitan area number one among all big cities for jobs for 2012.