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Austin- City Information
Austin is the capital of the state of Texas. Austin is located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest. It is the
fourth largest city in Texas and the 15th largest in the United States. It was the third fastest growing large city in the nation from 2000 to
2006. Austin has a population of 786,382 (2009 U.S. Census estimate). The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin Round Rock
metropolitan area, with a population of 1,705,075, making it the 35th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Residents of Austin are
known as "Austinites" and include a diverse mix of university professors, students, politicians, musicians, state employees, high-tech workers,
blue-collar workers, and white-collar workers. The main campus of the University of Texas is located in Austin. The city is home to development
centers for many technology corporations and in the high-tech 1990's adopted the nickname "Silicon Hills". However, the current official slogan
promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the area. In recent
years, many Austinites have also adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird"; this refers partly to the eclectic and liberal lifestyle of
many Austin residents but is also the slogan for a campaign to preserve smaller local businesses. Long ago, Austin also became known as the
city of the "Violet Crown" for the wintertime violet glow of color across the hills just after sunset. Even today, many Austin businesses use
the term "violet crown" in their name.
Austin is considered to be a major center for high tech. Thousands of graduates each year from the engineering and computer science
programs at The University of Texas at Austin provide a steady source of employees that help to fuel Austin's technology and defense industry
sectors. The metro Austin area has much lower housing costs than Silicon Valley, but much higher housing costs than many parts of rural Texas.
As a result of the high concentration of high tech companies in the region, Austin was strongly affected by the dot com boom in the late 1990s
and subsequent bust. Austin's largest employers include the Austin Independent School District, the City of Austin, Dell, the U.S. Federal
Government, Freescale Semiconductor (spun off from Motorola in 2004), IBM, St. David's Healthcare Partnership, Seton Family of Hospitals, the
State of Texas, Texas State University San Marcos, and The University of Texas. Other tech companies with operations in Austin include 3M,
Apple Inc., Hewlett Packard, Google, AMD, Applied Materials, Cirrus Logic, Cisco Systems, eBay PayPal, Hoover's, Intel Corporation, National
Instruments, Samsung Group, Silicon Laboratories, Sun Microsystems and United Devices. The proliferation of technology companies has led to the
region's nickname, "the Silicon Hills", and spurred development that greatly expanded the city. The concentration of high tech companies has
led the former American Airlines flight between Austin and San Jose, California to be dubbed the "nerd bird." 
Austin is also emerging as a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. About 85 companies from this industry are based in Austin. The
city was ranked by the Milken Institute as the #12 biotech and life science center in the United States.
Austin has a variety of unique and diverse neighborhoods that make up the character of the city. Some unique neighborhoods where you can
find apartments to rent in Austin and townhomes to rent in Austin include: Allandale, Avery Ranch, Balcones Woods, Barton's Bluff, Battle Bend
Springs, Barton Creek, Barton Hills, Boouldin Creek, Brentwood, Bryker Woods, Canyon Creek, Cat Hollow, Circle C Ranch, Clarksville,
Copperfield, Crestview, Dawson, Dove Springs, Delwood, East Riverside, Far South Austin, Far West, French Place, Galindo, Gracy Woods, Great
Hills, Hancock, Harris Branch, Highland, Hyde Park, Lamplight Village, Laurel Oaks, The Mountain, Mueller, North Campus, North Loop, North
Shoal Creek, Northwest Hills, Northwood, Oak Hill, Old West Austin, Onion Creek, Pemberton Heights, The Ridge at Lantana, River Oaks, Rosedale,
Rosewood, Saint John, Scofield, Scofield Farms and Ridge, Seabrook, Shadow Lawn, Skyview, SoCo, Tarrytown, Travis Heights, West Campus,
Westgate, Windsor Hills, Windsor Park, Wooten, Zilker. All of these neighborhoods are great choices for apartments for rent in Austin, houses
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Austin Culture and Living
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.S. city. Austin's music revolves around the many nightclubs on 6th Street and an annual film, music, interactive
festival known as South by Southwest (SXSW). The longest running concert music program on American television, Austin City Limits, is recorded
on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Austin City Limits and C3 Presents produce the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual music
and art festival held at Zilker Park in Austin based on the Austin City Limits television show. The festival and television show alike attract
musical artists from around the world. Other music events include the Urban Music Festival, the Fun Fun Fun Fest, Chaos In Tejas and the Old
Settlers Music Festival. The Austin Symphony Orchestra traces its roots to 1911. Austin was selected as the No. 2 Best Big City in "Best
Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2006, and No. 3 in 2009, and also the "Greenest City in America" by MSN. According to Travel & Leisure
magazine, Austin ranks No. 1 on the list of cities with the best people, referring to the personalities and attributes of the citizens.
SoCo is a shopping district stretching down South Congress Avenue from Downtown. This area is home to coffee shops, eccentric stores,
restaurants and festivals. It prides itself on "Keeping Austin Weird", despite development surrounding the area. Austin has an emerging
Entrepreneurship Scene, which supports multiple entrepreneurial paths, including craft, bootstrap and funding driven. The scene comes together
every March at RISE Austin, an annual week long conference around the city. The Scene have been featured in BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine
(twice, and a THIRD time), GigaOm, Time, ABJ Entrepreneur, Kiplinger and CNN.
Austin is the largest city in the United States without a franchise in a major professional sports league. Many Austinites support the
University of Texas Longhorns' sports programs. The University of Texas football and baseball teams each won their respective national
championships during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The Texas Longhorns play home games in the state's second largest sports stadium, Darrell K
Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, seating over 101,000 fans
Austin Colleges and Universities
Austin is home to several institutions of higher learning. The University of Texas and seven other public and private universities and
colleges have a combined enrollment of over 118,000. Within 200 miles of Austin, an additional 67 four year colleges and universities enroll
over 360,000 students. Nearly 40 percent of Austin area residents age 25 and over hold a bachelor's degree. Austin is also home to the
University of Texas at Austin, the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. The university has several internal colleges located
inside the city including the College of Pharmacy, McCombs School of Business, the School of Architecture, and the School of Engineering. The
university was ranked in 2010 in the Top 10 CEO Undergraduate Alma Maters by Bloomberg Businessweek. Other institutions of higher learning in
Austin include Austin Community College, Concordia University, Huston Tillotson University, St. Edward's University, the Seminary of the
Southwest, the Acton School of Business, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Virginia College's
Austin Campus, The Art Institute of Austin, Austin Conservatory and a branch of Park University. Austin was voted America's number 1 College
Town by the Travel Channel. If you are a student in Austin, you will need student housing! Renbits is a great place to find student housing
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Austin Public Transportation
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) provides public transportation to the city, primarily by bus. Capital Metro is planning to change some routes to "Rapid Lines". The lines will feature 60 ft (18 m) long, train like high tech buses. This addition is going to be implemented to help reduce congestion. Capital Metro opened a 32 mile commuter rail system known as Capital MetroRail on March 22, 2010. The system was built on existing freight rail lines and will serve downtown Austin, East Austin, North Central Austin, Northwest Austin, and Leander in its first phase. Future expansion could include a line to Manor and another to Round Rock. Capital Metro is also looking into a circulator system of streetcars to connect most of Downtown, the University of Texas, and the 700 acre (2.8 km2) Mueller Airport Redevelopment. The streetcar system would help connect the new rail line to key destinations in Central Austin. Austin has a robust and exciting public transportation system and is planning even more! Use rentbits to find apartments for rent and houses for rent near Capital Metro lines and Capital Metro Rapid Lines in Austin! When you are close to the Capital Metro, you will be near all of the exciting things that Austin has to offer! Use rentbits when you are looking for apartments for rent and houses for rent near the Capital MetroRail in Austin!
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