Austin is the 4th largest city in Texas and the 16th most-populated city in the United States. Austin, located in the central portion of Texas, is also the state's capital.
Austin lies on the Colorado River in the center of the state and has a temperate-to-hot climate with summer temperatures averaging 90 degrees. However, winters are generally more moderate and dry and snow is uncommon. There are also 3 major lakes in the city that add beauty to the cityscape.
Austin is known for it's entertainment, music, and culture and residents of Austin surely have the opportunity to take advantage of all. In fact, the official slogan of Austin is "The Live Music Capital of the World" and has gained notoriety from it's famous music festival, South by Southwest (SXSW). This festival, which began in 1987, boasts over 1400 performers each spring. Apart from SXSW, Austin maintains a great music scene with many independent musicians flocking to the city.
Many Austin residents take a great pride in the individuality and uniqueness of their city, going so far as to adopt the mantra "Keep Austin Weird." Through celebrating the "weirdness" of their city, Austinites have successfully developed a culture unique to the city.
The presence of numerous colleges and universities also give Austin a particular feel and Austin sits atop the polls as one of "The Best College Towns" in America. In fact, Austin is home to the largest university in the country, The University of Texas at Austin. Whether rallying behind the Longhorns or taking advantage of the educational aspects offered by the school, the University certainly lends its flavor to the city.
Austin is home to numerous well known names including (but not limited to): Matthew McConaughey (actor), Andy Roddick (tennis player), Sandra Bullock (actress), Willie Nelson (country music singer), Lance Armstrong (cyclist), Drew Brees (football player), Lyndon B. Johnson (president),and Michael Dell (founder of Dell).