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Overview

Introduction to Austin, Texas

The capital of Texas, Austin is one of the largest cities in the United States and located in central Texas. It is an hour and twenty minutes north of San Antonio, and a little over three hours northwest of Houston. The city typically experiences warm weather year round. The coldest month of the year is January with an average daily temperature of almost 60 degrees. July and August are the warmest months of the year with average daily temperatures around 95 degrees.

Austin History

Native Americans inhabited the area that is now Austin before the first European settlers arrived and established a settlement around 1835. Austin was founded as the village of Waterloo in 1837. Waterloo was chosen to become the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839. At that time, its name was changed to Austin to honor Stephen F. Austin, the "father of Texas". Other key dates in Austin's history include:

  • In 1845, Texas was admitted into the Union and Austin became a state capital
  • From 1861 to 1865, Austin and the rest of Texas were part of the Confederate States of America
  • In 1881, Austin public schools opened
  • In 1888, the Texas State Capitol was completed
  • In 1900, a storm washed away the Great Granite Dam and sent a wall of water into downtown Austin creating a lot of destruction and killing dozens

Austin Arts and Culture

Austin is a center for arts and culture. Austin offers gardens, museums, the performing arts, and more. Some of Austin's more notable gardens and museums include:

  • The Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria
  • The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
  • The Texas Memorial Museum
  • The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
  • The Zilker Botanical Gardens

For patrons of the performing arts, Austin is home to many fine performing arts attractions. Some of the more notable include:

  • The Austin Chamber Music Center
  • The Austin Civic Chorus
  • The Austin Civic Orchestra
  • The Austin Lyric Opera
  • The Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • Ballet Austin
  • The Paramount Theatre
  • The Zachary Scott Theatre

Austin also plays host to numerous festivals every year, including an annual film/music/multimedia festival known as South by Southwest, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Carnaval, Eeyore's Birthday Party, the Old Settler's Music Festival, the Urban Music Festival, and more.

Austin Sports and Leisure

Austin has a very nice offering of sports attractions, including:

  • Baseball - The Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Round Rock Express play in nearby Round Rock, Texas. The Round Rock Express are a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
  • Basketball - The NBA Development League Austin Toros.
  • Football - The Arena Football League (AFL) Austin Wranglers.
  • Hockey - The Central Hockey League (CHL) Austin Ice Bats.
  • Soccer - The United Soccer League (USL) Premier Development League Austin Lightning.

Austin is also a center for bicycling and is home to several cycling groups as well as Lance Armstrong. 

Austin "Must See" Attractions

Austin has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Austin's more notable and unique attractions include:

  • Austin City Limits, the longest-running music show on television
  • Austin is home to North America's largest urban bat population
  • The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
  • The Texas State Capitol

Austin at Night

Austin promotes itself as the live music capital of the world and boasts over a hundred live music venues. Sixth Street is a famous destination for nightspots. Good sources of information about events and happenings include the free alternative weekly Austin Chronicle, or the Austin American Statesman's "XLent" supplement published weekly on Thursday.

People

Total Population 887,061
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 482,341
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 39.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.9%
Median Earnings25+ $37,698
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,906
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,437

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,928
% Above Poverty Level 82%
% Below Poverty Level 18%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,047
Median House Value $240,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.8%
Irish 7.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Austin Almanac

Category Value
County Travis
Metro Area Austin - San Marcos
Standard Zip Codes 78701, 78702, 78703, 78704, 78705, 78710, 78712, 78717, 78719, 78721, 78722, 78723, 78724, 78725, 78726, 78727, 78728, 78729, 78730, 78731, 78732, 78733, 78734, 78735, 78736, 78737, 78738, 78739, 78741, 78742, 78744, 78745, 78746, 78747, 78748, 78749, 78750, 78751, 78752, 78753, 78754, 78756, 787
P.O. Box Zip Codes 78708, 78709, 78711, 78713, 78714, 78715, 78716, 78718, 78720, 78755, 78760, 78761, 78762, 78763, 78764, 78765, 78766, 78767, 78768, 78769
Company Zip Codes 73301, 73344, 78772, 78773, 78774, 78778, 78779, 78780, 78781, 78783, 78785, 78786, 78788, 78789, 78799
Phone Area Codes 512
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.266
Longitude -97.742

Austin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station AUSTIN CITY (CAMP MABRY)
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 73 to 95 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Station RED ROCK
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 95 F
Oct Temp 55 to 82 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Station TAYLOR
Distance 28.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 81 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Austin, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Balcones (78759)

Bee Caves (78733, 78734, 78736, 78738)

Bluff Springs (78744)

Camp Mabry (78731)

Circleville (78736)

Colton (78744)

Dell Computers (78754)

Dessau (78753)

Four Points (78732)

Hornsby Bend (78725)

Marshall Ford (78732)

Montopolis (78741)

Moores Crossing (78719)

Oak Hill (78749, 78735, 78736)

Pilot Knob (78744)

Sprinkle (78754)

Tarrytown (78703)

Travis Heights (78704)

Village of the Hills (78738)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bee Cave 5,362 $153,398

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Austin Public Libraries

Library
Austin Public Library
800 GUADALUPE ST
Austin, Texas
(512) 974-7300
Library Web Site
Lake Travis Community Library
3322 RANCH ROAD 620 S
Austin, Texas
(512) 533-6131
Library Web Site
Westbank Community Library
1309 WESTBANK DR
Austin, Texas
(512) 327-3045
Library Web Site
Wells Branch Community Library
14735 BRATTON LN #210
Austin, Texas
(512) 989-3188
Library Web Site

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Austin Hospitals

BRACKENRIDGE HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
601 E 15TH STREET
(512) 324-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

SOUTH AUSTIN HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
901 WEST BEN WHITE BLVD
(512) 448-7107
Emergency Service: Yes

ST DAVIDS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
919 E 32ND ST
(512) 476-7111
Emergency Service: Yes

SETON MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1201 W 38TH ST
(512) 324-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

HEALTHSOUTH SURGICAL HOSPITAL OF AUSTIN
(Proprietary)
6818 AUSTIN CTR BLVD SUITE 100
(512) 346-1994
Emergency Service: No

SETON SOUTHWEST HEALTHCARE CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
7900 FM 1826
(512) 324-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

AUSTIN SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3003 BEE CAVES ROAD
(512) 347-9888
Emergency Service: Yes

THE HOSPITAL AT WESTLAKE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
5656 BEE CAVES ROAD, SUITE M-302
(512) 327-0000
Emergency Service: Yes

HEART HOSPITAL OF AUSTIN
(Proprietary)
3801 NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD
(512) 407-7581
Emergency Service: Yes

NORTH AUSTIN MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
12221 MOPAC EXPRESSWAY NORTH
(512) 901-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

SETON NORTHWEST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
11113 RESEARCH BOULEVARD
(512) 324-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Austin High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WESTWOOD H S
12400 MELLOW MEADOW DR
512-464-4000
Serves 2,505 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

BOWIE H S
4103 SLAUGHTER LN
512-414-5247
Serves 2,480 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

MCNEIL H S
5720 MCNEIL DR
512-464-6300
Serves 2,470 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

WESTLAKE H S
4100 WESTBANK DR
512-432-0041
Serves 2,350 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

AKINS HIGH SCHOOL
10701 S 1ST ST
512-841-9900
Serves 2,153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

AUSTIN H S
1715 W CESAR CHAVEZ
512-414-2505
Serves 2,129 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

CROCKETT H S
5601 MANCHACA RD
512-414-2532
Serves 1,965 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

ANDERSON H S
8403 MESA DR
512-414-2538
Serves 1,956 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

JOHN B CONNALLY H S
13212 N LAMAR
512-594-0800
Serves 1,872 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

LANIER H S
1201 PEYTON GIN RD
512-414-2514
A Title I School.
Serves 1,766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

MCCALLUM H S
5600 SUNSHINE DR
512-414-2519
Serves 1,684 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

JOHNSON H S
7309 LAZY CREEK DR
512-414-2543
A Title I School.
Serves 1,656 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

TRAVIS H S
1211 E OLTORF ST
512-414-2527
A Title I School.
Serves 1,619 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

LAKE TRAVIS H S
3322 RANCH RD 620 S
512-533-6100
Serves 1,425 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

REAGAN H S
7104 BERKMAN DR
512-414-2523
A Title I School.
Serves 1,136 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

JOHNSTON H S
1012 ARTHUR STILES
512-414-5810
A Title I School.
Serves 958 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS CHARTER SCHOO
1901 E BEN WHITE BLVD
512-744-1900
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 346 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

GONZALO GARZA INDEPENDENCE H S
1600 CHICON
512-414-8600
A Non-traditional School
Serves 345 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

NYOS CHARTER SCHOOL
12301 N LAMAR
512-836-7620
A Charter School.
Serves 328 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

SECONDARY ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CEN
900 NEAL ST
512-414-2554
A Non-traditional School
Serves 197 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

STAR CHARTER SCHOOL
1901 FLEISHER DR
512-989-2672
A Charter School.
Serves 191 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOME
P O BOX 7700
512-471-8272
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

ROSEDALE
2117 W 49TH ST
512-414-3617
Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.4

TRAVIS COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION C
2515 S CONGRESS AVE
512-414-2554
Serves 92 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS CHARTER SCHOO
216 E 4TH ST
512-472-8220
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 89 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

MERIDELL-WESTWOOD
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-528-2145
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

FRUIT OF EXCELLENCE SCHOOL
3015 E 51ST ST
512-281-3738
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

T-CARE
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

TNC CAMPUS (TEXAS NEUROREHABILITAT
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

PHOENIX ACADEMY
400 W LIVE OAK
512-440-0613
A Non-traditional School
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
2515 S CONGRESS
512-854-7077
A Non-traditional School
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

DEPELCHIN CAMPUS
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

BOYS AND GIRLS COUNTRY
P O BOX 7700
512-471-8272
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

SUCCESS PROGRAM WEST
12515 MELLOW MEADOW
512-428-2901
A Non-traditional School
Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

STAR RANCH CAMPUS
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Special Education School
A Charter School.
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

HIDALGO ACADEMY
324 E FLORA
956-843-3340
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

SETTLEMENT HOME
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

PATHFINDER CAMP
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

AUSTIN ST HOSPITAL
1111 W 6TH ST
512-499-1700
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.7

THE GEORGE KOZMETSKY SCHOOL
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

PATHWAYS 3H CAMPUS
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

NATIONAL ELITE GYMNASTICS
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Charter School.
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

MIRACLE FARM
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
979-836-0901
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

TRAVIS CO J J A E P
1111 W 6TH ST
512-499-1700
A Non-traditional School
Serves 13 students.

MARYWOOD
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.7

ANNUNCIATION MATERNITY HOME
3001 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD
512-232-1872
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 4 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

WESTLAKE ALTER
601 CAMP CRAFT RD
512-327-2203
A Non-traditional School

TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
1100 W 45TH ST
512-206-9167
A Title I School.

TX SCH FOR DEAF H S-MID
P O BOX 3538
512-462-5451
A Title I School.

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