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Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas and the American Southwest, it is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America and the fourth-largest city in state of Texas. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin is also the second largest state capital in the United States. Austin has a population of 842,592 (2012 estimate). The city is the cultural and economic center of the five-county Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which had an estimated population 1,834,303 (2012 U.S. Census).

In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. After Republic of Texas Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited the area during a buffalo-hunting expedition between 1837 and 1838, he proposed that the republic's capital then located in Houston, Texas, be relocated to the area situated on the north bank of the Colorado River near the present-day Congress Avenue Bridge. In 1839, the site was officially chosen as the republic's new capital (the republic's seventh and final location) 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.

Happening Now

Additional safety improvements coming to Manchaca fatal crash area

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:10:39 +0000

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man in his 20s died Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash just south of Austin’s most dangerous intersection, Manchaca Rd. an…

Boil water order for some neighborhoods near Travis/Hays line

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:25:13 +0000

Due to a break in a water main, WTCPUA customers between Circle Drive and the Travis-Hays County Line experienced a period of low pressure o…

UT vice president condemns ‘affirmative action bake sale’

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:12:42 +0000

The UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) sold baked goods to students at varying prices based on their race and gender.

Richard Sherman dresses as Harry Potter

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:22:02 GMT

Holy Hogwarts.


Austin tennis team 2nd in national...

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:26:35 GMT

The men’s tennis team from Austin, Texas, representing the USTA Texas Section, finished second at the USTA League Adult 40 & Over 4.5+ National Championships held at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif.


Reagan's Alvin Harper

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:59:33 GMT

Alvin Harper is the 3rd best quarterback in Central Texas with 2100 yards passing. 

But, Harper's identity is that of a passing quarterback. He is the 3rd best quarterback in Central Texas with 2100 yards passing.. His head coach, Keith Carey said, "watching that kid finally have a chance to play quarterback and just watching him have success has been the best".


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