Dynamic Austin, Texas offers a fun-filled, polished urban lifestyle with a home town flavor. The beautiful capital city of the State of Texas has long enjoyed a reputation as a center of cultural enrichment. From a revitalized downtown along Congress Avenue populated with civic buildings and upscale retail boutiques and trendy bistros, to quaint suburbs bordering well-maintained green spaces, this vibrant Central Texas city furnishes residents with an appealing quality of life.
The State government and the sprawling campus of the modern University of Texas at Austin dominate the historic downtown region. Yet the area still retains a charm passed down from former eras. With landmarks such as the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol, and St. David's Episcopal Church, the second-oldest Protestant church constructed in Texas, the Old Town section of Austin draws numerous visitors. Residents enjoy access to numerous amenities, including reliable public transportation, an excellent medical system, and essential police, fire and utility services.
Austin residents take great pride in the city's outstanding educational system, also. Public school children attend over 100 school facilities, scattered across the city. In addition to UT, the community houses several private colleges, including: St. Edwards University, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson College, and Austin Community College ("ACC"). The economic stimulus provided by so many institutions of higher education fosters an innovative business and corporate research climate.
For recreational pursuits, Austin's population of slightly over 900,000 enjoys many options. Some of the most important parks include Zilker Metropolitan Park, a well-maintained 358-acre recreational area with numerous facilities, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, two skate parks and miles of maintained hike and bike trails. Numerous museums also vie for public attention: the O. Henry Museum, Dougherty Arts Center, Elizabeth Ney Museum, Umlauf Sculture Garden and many others furnish cultural enrichment opportunities. A center for the music and film industry and the theatrical arts in Central Texas, Austin maintains a vital cultural life. Some people refer to the city as "The Live Music Capital of the World".