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Austin is the capital city of Texas and is located in Travis County. As of the 2000 Census, Austin is home to 656,562 people.[1]

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 Will Wynn.

Sports and Recreation

Austin is best known as the home of seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and legendary golfers, such as Tom Kite.

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.

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.

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