Austin was a tiny community on the verdant banks of the (Texas) Colorado River when Mirabeau B. Lamar, president of the Republic, suggested in 1839 that it would make a better capital than swampy and disease-ridden Houston. Early building had to be done under armed guard, while angry Comanche watched from the surrounding hills, but despite its perilous location, the city thrived.
Over the past three decades, the small university town has grown into a big city with world-renowned festivals, top-notch attractions, a glittering skyline and 1.5 million people in the metropolitan area. Austin also stands as the gateway to the scenic Texas Hill Country – a vast region of rolling hills, sparkling lakes and fields of wild flowers.
An eclectic pick-and-mix of retro funk and new-age entrepreneurial spirit, Austin’s best side is a mystic soup of social consciousness and capitalist development, tattoo-covered artists and internet millionaires. According to Forbes Magazine, Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country – and they have ranked Austin as the “Number One Best Big City for Big Jobs”. Austin is fourth-largest city in Texas and the 13th most populous city in the United States. Austin is the Capital of Texas and is known as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, “Silicon Hills”, “Interactive Mecca”, and the “Violet Crown”.Residents of Austin are known as “Austinites” and our slogan is “Keep Austin Weird”. Austin is also known as a “clean air city” and caring about the environment is not just something we talk about – we make conscious decisions to do our part every day. Our roadside signs say, “Littering is unlAWFUL” and residents take pride in being ‘Green’.