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According to Sperling's BestPlaces , Christianity is the dominant religion in the city and its largest group is the Catholic Church The second largest group of Christians are Baptists 8. The second largest religion in Austin is Islam 1. The region's rapid growth has led Forbes to rank the Austin metropolitan area number one among all big cities for jobs for in their annual survey and WSJ Marketwatch to rank the area number one for growing businesses.
In , Facebook accepted a grant to build a downtown office that could bring as many as jobs to the city. Austin is also emerging as a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; the city is home to about 85 of them. It was founded and is headquartered in Austin. In addition to national and global corporations, Austin features a strong network of independent, unique, locally owned firms and organizations.
This motto has not only been used in promoting Austin's eccentricity and diversity, but is also meant to bolster support of local independent businesses. Austin has a long history of vocal citizen resistance to development projects perceived to degrade the environment, or to threaten the natural and cultural landscapes. According to the Nielsen Company , adults in Austin read and contribute to blogs more than those in any other U.
In , Forbes listed Austin as 1 Boom Town  because of its economic strength, including jobs among other appealing attributes. This area is home to coffee shops, eccentric stores, restaurants, food trucks, trailers and festivals. It prides itself on "Keeping Austin Weird", especially with development in the surrounding area s.
The growth and popularity of Austin  can be seen by the expansive development taking place in its downtown landscape. This city was never about money. It was about quality of life. Henry House Museum hosts the annual O. Henry Pun-Off , a pun contest where the successful contestants exhibit wit akin to that of the author William Sydney Porter.
The Trail of Lights were cancelled four times, first starting in and due to the September 11 Attacks, and again in and due to budget shortfalls, but the trail was turned back on for the holiday season. As Austin's official slogan is The Live Music Capital of the World , the city has a vibrant live music scene with more music venues per capita than any other U.
The concentration of restaurants, bars, and music venues in the city's downtown core is a major contributor to Austin's live music scene, as the ZIP Code encompassing the downtown entertainment district hosts the most bar or alcohol-serving establishments in the U. In the city was first in MovieMaker Magazine 's annual top ten cities to live and make movies.
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. In order to draw future film projects to the area, the Austin Film Society has converted several airplane hangars from the former Mueller Airport into filmmaking center Austin Studios. The film review websites Spill.
Rooster Teeth Productions , creator of popular web series such as Red vs. Austin has a strong theater culture, with dozens of itinerant and resident companies producing a variety of work. The Church of the Friendly Ghost is a volunteer-run arts organization supporting creative expression and counter-culture community.
Latinas Scorts San JoseAustin hosts the Fuse Box Festival each April featuring theater artists.
The Paramount Theatre , opened in downtown Austin in , contributes to Austin's theater and film culture, showing classic films throughout the summer and hosting regional premieres for films such as Miss Congeniality. The Long Center for the Performing Arts is a 2,seat theater built partly with materials reused from the old Lester E. Ballet Austin is the fourth largest ballet academy in the country.
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 Austin improvisational theatre scene has several theaters: Austin also hosts the Out of Bounds Improv Festival, which draws comedic artists in all disciplines to Austin. The Texas State Capitol itself is also a major tourist attraction.
The Driskill Hotel , built in , once owned by George W. Littlefield , and located at 6th and Brazos streets, was finished just before the construction of the Capitol building. Sixth Street is a musical hub for the city. The Enchanted Forest, a multi-acre outdoor music, art, and performance art space in South Austin hosts events such as fire-dancing and circus-like-acts.
Austin is also home to the O. Henry House Museum, which served as the residence of O. Henry from to Farmers' markets are popular attractions, providing a variety of locally grown and often organic foods. Jeremiah the Innocent frog mural. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge houses the world's largest urban population of Mexican free-tailed bats.
Starting in March,   up to 1. Every evening around sunset, the bats emerge in search of insects, an exit visible on weather radar. Watching the bat emergence is an event that is popular with locals and tourists, with more than , viewers per year. The bats migrate to Mexico each winter.
The Austin Zoo , located in unincorporated western Travis County, is a rescue zoo that provides sanctuary to displaced animals from a variety of situations, including those involving neglect. Austin is the most populous city in the United States without a major-league professional sports team.
Natural features like the bicycle-friendly Texas Hill Country and generally mild climate make Austin the home of several endurance and multi-sport races and communities. The Capitol 10, is the largest 10 K race in Texas, and approximately fifth largest in the United States. Additionally the city is home to the largest 5 mile race in Texas,  named the Turkey Trot as it is run annually on thanksgiving.
Started in by Thundercloud Subs, a local sandwich chain who still sponsors the event , the event has grown to host over 20, runners. All proceeds are donated to Caritas of Austin, a local charity. The Austin-founded American Swimming Association hosts several swim races around town. Austin is also the hometown of several cycling groups and the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
There are several well-known swimming locations. These include Deep Eddy Pool, Texas' oldest man-made swimming pool, and Barton Springs Pool , the nation's largest natural swimming pool in an urban area. Both range in temperature from about Activities include rockclimbing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, exploring, and hiking along the greenbelt, a long-spanning area that runs through the city.
Zilker Park, a large green area close to downtown, forms part of the greenbelt along the Colorado River. Hamilton Pool is a pool and wildlife park located about 30 minutes from the city. APF works to fill the city's park funding gap by leveraging volunteers, philanthropists, park advocates and strategic collaborations to develop, maintain and enhance Austin's parks, trails and green spaces.
The city had 39 homicides in , the most since FBI statistics show that overall violent and property crimes dropped in Austin in , but increased in suburban areas of the city. One of the first American school mass-shooting incidents took place in Austin on August 1, , when a gunman shot 43 people, killing 13 from the top of the University of Texas tower see University of Texas tower shooting.
The resulting explosion killed 1 person excluding the pilot , injured 13, and completely destroyed the building, costing the IRS a total of A series of bombings occurred in Austin in March Austin is administered by an member city council 10 council members elected by geographic district plus a mayor elected at large.
The council is accompanied by a hired city manager under the manager-council system of municipal governance. Council and mayoral elections are non-partisan, with a runoff in case there is no majority winner. November marked the first election under the new system. In five elections between and Austin voters rejected single-member districts.
Austin formerly operated its city hall at West 8th Street. Law enforcement in Austin is provided by the Austin Police Department , except for state government buildings, which are patrolled by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Fire protection within the city limits is provided by the Austin Fire Department , while the surrounding county is divided into twelve geographical areas known as Emergency Services Districts, which are covered by separate regional fire departments.
Austin is the county seat of Travis County and hosts the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse downtown, as well as other county government offices. Austin is known as an enclave of liberal politics in an otherwise conservative state—so much so, that the city is sometimes sarcastically called the "People's Republic of Austin" by residents of other parts of Texas, and conservatives in the Texas Legislature.
Since redistricting following the United States Census, Austin has been divided between six congressional districts at the federal level: Texas's 35th congressional district is represented by Democrat Lloyd Doggett. The other five districts are represented by Republicans, of whom only one, Michael McCaul of the 10th district, lives in Travis County. As a result of the major party realignment that began in the s, central Austin became a stronghold of the Democratic Party , while the suburbs tend to vote Republican.
A controversial turning point in the political history of the Austin area was the Texas redistricting. Before then, Austin had been entirely or almost entirely within the borders of a single congressional district—what was then the 10th District—for over a century.
Opponents characterized the resulting district layout as excessively partisan gerrymandering , and the plan was challenged in court by Democratic and minority activists; of note, the Supreme Court of the United States has never struck down a redistricting plan for being excessively partisan. The plan was subsequently upheld by a three-judge federal panel in late , and on June 28, , 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 affected Austin's districting, as U. Lloyd Doggett 's district U. Congressional District 25 was found to be insufficiently compact to compensate for the reduced minority influence in the southwest district; it was redrawn so that it took in most of southeastern Travis County and several counties to its south and east.
Overall, the city is a blend of downtown liberalism and suburban conservatism but leans to the political left as a whole. Bush successfully ran for President. In , the Democrats rebounded strongly as John Kerry enjoyed a City residents have been supportive of alternative candidates; for example, Ralph Nader won Of Austin's six state legislative districts, three are strongly Democratic and three are swing districts, two of which are held by Democrats and one of which is held by a Republican.
Two of the candidates for president in the race called Austin home. During the run up to the election in November, a presidential debate was held at the University of Texas at Austin student union involving the two candidates. While the Commission on Presidential Debates only invites Democrats and Republicans to participate in televised debates, the debate at UT was open to all presidential candidates.
Austin also hosted one of the last presidential debates between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their heated race for the Democratic nomination in In the presidential election, Travis County, which contains the majority of Austin, voted for Hillary Clinton D by a The distinguishing political movement of Austin politics has been that of the environmental movement, which spawned the parallel neighborhood movement, then the more recent conservationist movement as typified by the Hill Country Conservancy ,  and eventually the current ongoing debate about "sense of place" and preserving the Austin quality of life.
Much of the environmental movement has matured into a debate on issues related to saving and creating an Austin "sense of place. In addition, the University of Texas at Austin operates the seventh-largest academic library in the nation. Austin was voted "America's No. Austin is home to the University of Texas at Austin , the flagship institution of the University of Texas System with over 38, undergraduate students and 12, graduate students.
In rankings, the university was ranked 53rd among "National Universities" 17th among public universities by U. The Texas State University System , which consists of eight institutions throughout Texas and educates more than 84, students, is headquartered in downtown Austin. Other institutions of higher learning in Austin include St.
The Austin area has 29 public school districts, 17 charter schools and 69 private schools. Two districts—Eanes and Round Rock—are rated "gold medal", the highest of the magazine's cost-performance categories. Andrew's Episcopal School , St. Austin Catholic School , St. Francis School , St. Gabriel's Catholic School , St.
Ignatius Martyr Catholic School, St. Michael's Catholic Academy , St. Paul Lutheran School, St. Stephen's Episcopal School , St. Theresa's, Trinity Episcopal School, and a number of Montessori schools. Along with homeschooling and unschooling communities, Austin is home to a number of part-time learning environments designed to offer basic academics and inspired mentoring.
Austin's main daily newspaper is the Austin American-Statesman. Austin's business newspaper is the weekly Austin Business Journal. Texas Monthly , a major regional magazine, is also headquartered in Austin. The Texas Observer , a muckraking biweekly political magazine, has been based in Austin for over five decades. Smith co-founded the Texas Tribune , a nonprofit, non-partisan public media organization, with Austin venture capitalist John Thornton and veteran journalist Ross Ramsey.
KUT-FM is the leading public radio station in Texas and produces the majority of its content locally. The national average is 8. Central Austin lies between two major north-south freeways: Interstate 35 to the east and the Mopac Expressway Loop 1 to the west. Highway runs from northwest to southeast, and State Highway 71 crosses the southern part of the city from east to west, completing a rough "box" around central and north-central Austin.
Austin is the largest city in the United States to be served by only one Interstate Highway. Highway enters Austin from the east and merges into Interstate Its highway designation continues south on I and then becomes part of Highway 71, continuing to the west. Highway splits from Highway 71 in southwest Austin, in an interchange known as "The Y.
Interstate 35 is the highway link to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro-plex in northern Texas. Highway leads northwest of Austin toward Lampasas. The iconic Pennybacker Bridge , also known as the " Bridge", crosses Lake Austin to connect the northern and southern portions of Loop The first segment was opened in November , which was located east of Austin—Bergstrom International Airport at Austin's southeast corner on State Highway Highway runs concurrently with Highway 45 from Pflugerville on the north until it reaches US well south of Austin, where it splits off and goes west.
The entire route of State Highway is now complete with last leg, which opened on November 1, A tolled extension of State Highway Loop 1 was also created. Officially, the tollway will be dubbed Tollway with the Manor Expressway as a nickname. Despite the overwhelming initial opposition to the toll road concept when it was first announced, all three toll roads have exceeded revenue projections.
The airport is on the site of the former Bergstrom Air Force Base , which was closed in as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. Austin Executive Airport serves the general aviation coming into the city, as well as other smaller airports outside of the city centre. An Amtrak Texas Eagle station is located in west downtown. Railway segments between Austin and San Antonio have been evaluated for a proposed regional passenger rail project called "Lone Star Rail"; however, failure to come to an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad , the tracks' current owner, ended the project in The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority "Capital Metro" provides public transportation to the city, primarily by bus.
Future expansion could include a line to Manor and another to Round Rock. The MetroRail system has struggled to build ridership and has faced heavy criticism for its high per-rider cost to the public. Capital Metro has also explored building a light rail system to connect the MetroRail line to key destinations in Central Austin. Austin is known as the most bike-friendly city in Texas, and was ranked the 7 city in the US by Bicycling Magazine in The city's bike advocacy organization is Bike Austin.
Bicycles are a popular transportation choice among students, faculty, and staff at the University of Texas. A study by Walk Score ranked Austin 35th most walkable of the 50 largest U. Downtown Austin scored 88 points out of a possible , with the West Campus neighborhood scoring 87, and East Austin scoring From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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