Austin

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View of Austin from Congress St. Bridge
Austin is the fastest-growing large city in America, located in free-market friendly Texas, where it is the capital city for the state. The Texas state legislature meets in Austin for 5–7 months every two years. Part of Travis County, Austin is home to 790,390 people (as of the 2010 Census).[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.

Other examples of liberal college towns include Berkeley, California; Santa Cruz, California; Madison, Wisconsin and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Austin's liberal social and fiscal political atmosphere has also bred considerable libertarianism in the capital city.

Austin's mayor is Steve Adler, a Democrat in a nonpartisan position.

Ralph Yarborough, an attorney from Austin, was from 1957 to 1971, one of the two U.S. Senators from Texas. He was a leader of the dominant liberal wing of the Democratic Party. He defeated George Herbert Walker Bush in the 1964 general election but then was upset in the 1970 Democratic primary by Lloyd Bentsen, considered a mainstay of moderate Democrats in Texas though he had like Yarborough a mostly liberal voting record in the Senate.

Sports and recreation

Austin is known as the home of cyclist Lance Armstrong, whose seven Tour de France championships were stripped of him based on doping allegations, and professional 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. The city is also the home to Circuit of the Americas, a recently opened racetrack that hosts Formula 1 racing.

Austin is known as the "live music capital of the world" due to its diverse performance of live music by various musicians.

Education

Austin is home to the University of Texas at Austin.

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