Waterloo was renamed after Stephen F.
Austin, “the father of Texas” and the
founders’ vision included a state capitol
building to look down from a hill over the
city. The State Capitol was built on that hill
in 1888, with stunning views of the city.
The Texas State Capitol was built as a result
of one of the largest barter transactions in
history – the Capitol’s builders received
3 million acres in the Texas Panhandle,
which later became the largest cattle ranch
in the world, the XIT Ranch. The Capitol
is one of the state’s most popular attractions with more than 1 million visitors
each year. Constructed from limestone and
pink granite from nearby Marble Falls in
the same architectural style as the nation’s
Capitol, it’s actually taller than its distant
D.C. sibling by seven feet – making it the
largest state capitol in the U.S.
Today, Austin is “No. 1 on the List of Best
Cities in the World for Tech” by Savills,
April 2017, and “No. 2 ‘Sweet Spot’ for
Affordability and Job Opportunity” by
LinkedIn, March 2017. The area continues
to grow, and the Austin city demographer’s
office anticipates the population inside city
limits to reach 1 million by 2025. For the five-
county Austin-Round Rock MSA – which
covers 4, 279 square miles and includes Travis,
Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, and Bastrop
counties – they expect to reach 3 million by
2030 and 4 million by 2045.
No matter how long they’ve been here,
most people who live in Austin say they
wouldn’t live anywhere else – and for good
reason. The state capital of Texas inspires
fierce hometown dedication to its rolling
terrain, natural living, liberal attitudes,
interesting people, quality of life, stellar
educational opportunities, and thriving
The combination has attracted the attention of those relocating from all over the
country and internationally – and plenty
of accolades from diverse sources in
recent years. For instance, in 2016, Austin
ranked third on the Milken Institute’s list
of best-performing metro areas. Forbes
consistently highlights Austin’s remarkable
growth, naming it the “#1 City to Watch
in 2017,” the “Fastest Growing City” year
The city also regularly leads “best of”
lists for places where your dollar goes
farthest – which include such critical
factors as affordable housing, gas prices,
inflation, and job market. The bottom
line is that Austin has a lot to offer – and
that has inspired a passionate dedication
in those who live here, especially when it
comes to community service and volunteer efforts to make Austin an even better
place to live and work.
AUSTIN’S INTERESTING MIX
Austin residents – and visitors who want to
be residents – have discovered a surprising
combination that’s like no other city in
the state. The city is a heady mix of technology, education, government, music, film
and the arts – and it’s the kind of mix that’s
hard to ignore.
Think authentic Tex-Mex and barbeque
to elegant, four-star restaurants and
nationally-known chefs; two-stepping and
...it’s easy to see that there is
a lot to love about Austin. It’s a great
place to live, find success, and
enjoy the good life.
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