The city takes its name from Stephen F. Austin.
Politics and Government
Austin is considered to be a very liberal city. In 2004, residents of the city helped Sen. John Kerry take Travis County, even though every other county in the Central Texas area went to George W. Bush.
Also, due to Austin's liberal social and fiscal political atmosphere, libertarianism is also active here.
Austin's mayor is Steve Adler.
Sports and recreation
Austin is the largest city in the country without a team in any of the major sports leagues (the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association or the National Hockey League), but it is home to several minor league teams. The city is also the home to Circuit of the Americas, a recently opened racetrack that hosts Formula 1 racing.
Austin is also known as the "live music capital of the world" due to its diverse performance of live music by various musicians.
Austin is home to the University of Texas at Austin.