Austin is the capital state of Texas and it is known around the globe as the, “Live Music Capital of the World”.
Located in Central Texas , pioneers began to the settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River in the 1830s. In 1839, the site was officially chosen as the republic’s new capital and was incorporated under the name, Waterloo. Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas” and the republic’s first secretary of state. The city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin. Dell’s worldwide headquarters is located in nearby Round Rock, a suburb of Austin. Residents of Austin are known as “Austinites”, a quirky and eccentric, casual, independent and friendly population which includes a diverse mix of government employees (e.g., university faculty & staff, law enforcement, political staffers); foreign and domestic college students; musicians; artists, high-tech workers; blue-collar workers and business people.
The premier showcase of Austin’s music scene is the annual South by Southwest Festival. This event draws musicians and fans from around the world, and features not only famous as well as upcoming musicians, but groundbreaking films and is an important venue for the international film festival scene. The “Longest Running Concert Music” program on American television is Austin City Limits. The annual Austin City Limits Festival draws global fans and acts in its multi-day event.
Austin has a vibrant creative and performing arts scene, as well. The nation’s largest university-owned art collection is exhibited at the Blanton Museum. Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin and the Austin Symphony are key contributors to the classical performing arts. The beloved Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue, built in 1915, is the oldest surviving theatre in Austin. It is vibrant venue to this day, drawing international talent year round. Around the corner from the theatre is the historic Driskill Hotel. Built in 1886, and restored to its original elegance, this hotel features fine dining in a gracious setting.
Austin is routinely recognized in national polls and publications for its achievements. In July 2011, Forbes Magazine named Austin “America’s Number 1 ‘boom town’” based on U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics growth and demographic data. It is recognized has having a strong employment outlook based vibrant business sectors, most notably, technology.
The University of Texas, founded in 1883, is 56th in academic reputation among the top national universities, and 18th among the public schools, draws students from around the world according to by U.S. News & World Report. It is one of the largest universities in the country with 18 schools and colleges for students to choose from.
Not only is Austin the live music capital of the world, it is a foodie capital, as well. Home of Whole Foods Market, Austin is also noted for its creative and vibrant food truck activity. A trip to Whole Foods is a travel destination not to be missed, and a day, or three, exploring the food trucks around the city helps visitors understand the Austin vibe. Austin’s emerging restaurant scene boasts nationally and internationally recognized chefs.
Austin is great place to live and work. It is an active city, with a vibrant social scene, and an outdoor lifestyle.
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