Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, the Lone Star State. The city dates back to the 1830s, when the first Anglo-American settlers arrived in the area, then part of Mexico. In 1837, settlers founded the village of Waterloo on the banks of the Colorado River, the first permanent settlement in the area. By 1839, Waterloo would adopt the name Austin and the frontier town would become the capital of the Republic of Texas. The City is named for Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.”
Austin is in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties. With a population of 964,177 (2021 U.S. Census), it's the 11th most populous city in the United States; the fourth most populous city in Texas.
Austin’s mild climate allows you to enjoy outdoor activities virtually year round. Austin has 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 71 degrees in November.
Austin is an incredible place to live, work, play and invest, and it's easy to see why. Love music? Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" you can listen to live music 365 days a year. Are you looking for a job in the tech industry? Austin nicknamed "Silicon Hills,” boasts Apple, Google, Samsung, and Dell, among other tech employers. Other top job sectors include the government (Austin is the state capital), education (there are six major universities in and around Austin), and health care (There are three major healthcare systems in the Austin / Central Texas area).
Much of the city of Austin is serviced by the Austin Independent School District, with 125 schools consisting of elementary, middle, high, early college, academy, magnet, alternative, and community schools.
Established in 1881, Austin ISD is the fifth-largest school district in Texas, with approximately 75,000 students, 5,500 classroom teachers, 1,569 administrators & professional staff, and 3,900 bus drivers, custodians, and food service staff & educational aides.