Austin is the capital of Texas and is located in southern USA. It is the 11th largest city in the United States and the fourth largest city in Texas. The city is the cultural and economic center of the metropolitan area. In the 1980’s, Austin resumed its development into a major city and emerged as a center for technology and business. Austin is home to development centers for many technology corporations, thereby adopting the "Silicon Hills" nickname in the 1990’s. It is also promoted as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the area. Austin is famed for the stringent no-smoking laws that apply to all public places and buildings, including restaurants and bars. Austin is also ranked as the second safest major city within the United States by the FBI. There are many amenities in the city, including banks, parks, museums, libraries, convenience stores, bars and restaurants.
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Austin is considered a major center for high-tech companies and a number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or regional offices here. These include Advanced Micro Devices, Apple Inc., eBay, Google, IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments, 3M and Whole Foods Market. The rapid growth throughout the region has led Forbes to rank the Austin Metropolitan Area as number one amongst all big cities for finding jobs. In 2013, Austin ranked No. 14 on Forbes list of the ‘Best Places for Business and Careers’. Austin is also emerging as a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, with 85 already situated in the city. As well as national and global corporations, Austin features a strong network of independent, unique, locally owned firms and organizations, which provides countless networking opportunities among professionals. The transport system is easily accessible and extremely efficient.
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Things to do in Austin
SoCo is a vibrant shopping district, which stretches along South Congress Avenue from Downtown. This area is home to independent coffee shops, eccentric boutiques, restaurants, food trucks, trailers and festivals. It prides itself on "Keeping Austin Weird". Austin has a strong theater culture, with many theater companies located in the area. The city also has live performance theater venues including the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Vortex Repertory Company and Salvage Vanguard Theater. The Paramount Theater shows classic films throughout the summer and has also hosted regional premieres for films such as Miss Congeniality. Austin is also home to a wide range of museums, including the Texas Memorial Museum. Steak is a favorite with the locals and ALC Steaks does not disappoint. They offer diners sizzling, hand-cut, aged beef, and have done so for the past 19 years.
- Subway: No subway service
- Railway: Downtown Station, Plaza Saltillo Station
- Nearest freeway: I-35
- Nearest airports: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
- Other: All major bus routes served nearby