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Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos
Map of Greater Austin

Common name: Greater Austin
Largest city Austin
Other cities  - Cedar Park
 - Georgetown
 - Pflugerville
 - Round Rock
 - San Marcos
Population  Ranked 36th in the U.S.
 - Total 1,652,602 (2008 MSA est.)
 - Density 386.2/sq. mi. 
Area 4279 (2003 MSA) sq. mi.
11085 km²
State(s)  Texas
 - Highest point feet ( m)
 - Lowest point 0 feet (0 m)

Greater Austin, also known as the Austin Area or the Capital Area, is a metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Texas. It is centered around the city of Austin in the central part of the state straddling the Balcones Escarpment and the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country. The area is sometimes called Central Texas or South-Central Texas, though these terms often refer to a much larger region that may include Greater San Antonio. Greater Austin is home to the state capitol, numerous universities, and many high-tech firms. The numerous lakes along the Colorado River (the Texas Highland Lakes) and many protected areas in the region create multiple venues for outdoor recreation, and provide a powerful draw for the area's resorts and resort communities.

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines three regions around Austin for government statistics: the Austin urban area, the five-county Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan statistical area, and the six-county Austin–Round Rock–Marble Falls combined statistical area. For these regions the OMB designates as "principal cities" Austin, Round Rock, San Marcos, and Marble Falls.[1] As of the 2008 U.S. census estimate, the population of the OMB-defined urban area exceeded 900,000 and the populations of the MSA and the CSA exceeded 1.6 million people.[2][3]



Location of the Austin–Round Rock–Marble Falls Combined Statistical Area and its components:      Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos Metropolitan Statistical Area      Marble Falls Micropolitan Statistical Area


The Austin area is centered around the City of Austin and Travis County. As of 2009 the U.S. Office of Management and Budget defines the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA as including Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties. The Austin–Round Rock–Marble Falls CSA additionally includes Burnet County.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis includes the counties of Blanco, Lee, Llano, Mason , and Milam Counties, in addition to the Austin CSA, in its definition of the Austin Economic Area.[4] The Capital Area Council of Governments, an Austin-area intergovernmental cooperative, adds Blanco, Fayette, Lee, and Llano Counties to the CSA counties in its definition of the metropolitan area.[5] Other counties in Central Texas included by some sources are Burleson, Colorado, and Gillespie Counties.[6]


The two largest cities in the metropolitan area are Austin and Round Rock. Other large municipalities in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA (cities with over 25,000 people as of the 2008 census) are, in order of size, San Marcos, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander.[7][8]

Smaller communities in the MSA include Bastrop, Brushy Creek, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Hutto, Jollyville, Kyle, Lakeway, Lockhart, Luling, Shady Hollow, Taylor, Wells Branch, and Windemere. Marble Falls and Burnet are included in the CSA.

Distant communities such as Johnson City, La Grange, Killeen, Lampasas, and Fredericksburg are sometimes considered part of Greater Austin though they fall well outside the bounds of the OMB definitions.[9]


El Camino Real de los Tejas, an important Spanish/Mexican trade route

When Europeans first arrived in the area, the Tonkawa tribe was the most prevalent, though the Comanches and Lipan Apaches were known to travel through the area as well.[10] Spanish explorers, including the Espinosa-Olivares-Aguirre expedition, traveled through the area for centuries though few permanent settlements were created for some time.[11] In the mid 18th century the San Xavier missions were established along the San Gabriel River in what is now western Milam County to facilitate exploration.[12]

In 1804 the fort Puesta del Colorado was established by the Spanish in what is now Bastrop.[13] In 1807 the San Marcos de Neve settlement (modern San Marcos) was established on the San Marcos River.[11] Following the indepdence of Mexico, of which Texas was a part, the empresario Stephen F. Austin issued grants to settlers in what is now Bastrop and Fayette Counties. During the mid 1820s settlements were established along the Colorado River near modern La Grange.[14] The village of Mina (later renamed Bastrop) was established in 1827. Growth of the settlements was stagnant for some time because of conflicts with the Native Americans in the region.[13] Nevertheless the region sat along an important trade route known as the Camino Real de los Tejas, which ran from Mexico, though San Antonio and San Marcos, to Natchitoches.[15] During the 1830s others, such as Martín Veramendi and Thomas G. McGehee, were issued land grants by the Mexican government to encourage settlement in the region.[11] A string of forts was established east of modern Austin in what was then the western frontier.[16]

In 1835 Texans fought for independence in what was known as the Texas Revolution and won. Following independence other settlements were gradually established including Waterloo and Brushy Creek (modern Round Rock).[12] In 1839 a commission appointed by Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar selected Waterloo as the site for the new capital and the name Austin was chosen as the town's new name.[17] In 1840 a series of conflicts between the Texas Rangers and the Comanches known as the Council House Fight and the Battle of Plum Creek finally pushed the Comanches westward mostly ending conflicts in Central Texas.[18] Settlement in the area began to expand quickly. Travis County was established in 1840 and the surrounding counties were mostly established within the next two decades.[16] New settlements were established such as Hamilton (now Burnet) in 1852.

An 1873 illustration of Austin

In 1861, with the outbreak of the American Civil War, voters in Austin, Bastrop, and other Central Texas communities and counties voted against secession.[19][13] However, as the war progressed and fears of attack by Union forces increased, the communities contributed hundreds of men to the Confederate forces. With the end of the war and the emancipation of Texas slaves, the African American population of the area swelled dramatically. Black communities such as Wheatville, Pleasant Hill, and Clarksville were established around Austin by these newcomers.[19] The postwar period saw dramatic population and economic growth. The town of Bastrop became a significant manufacturing center producing iron, coal, and textiles.[13] The Chisolm Trail, one of the major routes for exporting cattle, passed through the region.[20] The opening of the Houston and Texas Central Railway, connecting Austin with Houston, transformed Austin into the major trading center for the region. However as new railroads were built through the region in 1870s, Round Rock and other communities took over much of Austin's role as a trading center.[19] In 1868 the Coronal Institute was established in San Marcos and in 1873 Texas University (later renamed Southwestern University) was opened in Georgetown following the consolidation of five earlier colleges.[21][22] During the 1880s Austin gained new prominence as the state capitol building was constructed and other universities were established in the area, most notably the University of Texas.[19] Cattle and cotton production were major economic drivers for many outlying communities.[23]

In the late 1800s Austin expanded its city limits to more than three times its former area and the Austin Dam was built to power a new street car line and the new municipal water system.[19] In the early 1900s the Texas Oil Boom took hold creating tremendous economic opportunities in Southeast Texas and North Texas. The growth generated by this boom largest passed by Austin at first, with the city slipping from 4th largest to 10th largest in Texas between 1880 and 1920.[19] Bastrop, however, become a significant center for oil drilling and coal mining in the early to mid 1900s.[13] San Marcos, and some other communities, established significant manufacturing operations during the world wars substantially diversifying their economies.[24]

Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s the Austin launched a series of civic development and beautification projects that created much of the city's infrastructure and parks. In addition the state legislature established the Lower Colorado River Authority that, along with the City of Austin, created the system of dams along the Colorado River that formed the Highland Lakes. These projects were enabled in large part by the fact that Austin received more Depression era relief funds than any other Texas city.[19]

During the mid and later 1900s Austin became firmly established as the major metropolitan center of what is now Greater Austin. Communities such as Round Rock, Georgetown, and San Marcos increasingly became attractive bedroom communities for Austin, even as each of these communities has maintained its own economic core as well.[24]


Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge

Greater Austin is located in Central Texas along the Balcones Fault and Interstate 35, northeast of San Antonio. As a result of its stradling the Balcones Fault the eastern part of the city is flat, whereas the western part and western suburbs consist of rolling hills on the edge of the Texas Hill Country.[25]

The region is crossed by the Colorado River with several man-made lakes, known as the Highland Lakes, along its length.[19] Because the hills to the west are primarily limestone rock with a thin covering of topsoil, the western portions of the area are frequently subjected to flash floods from the runoff caused by thunderstorms.[26][27] To help control this runoff and to generate hydroelectric power, the Lower Colorado River Authority operates a series of dams that form the lakes.[28]

The Austin area is located at the intersection of four major ecological regions and is consequently a temperate-to-hot green oasis with a highly variable climate having some characteristics of the desert, the tropics, and a wetter climate.[29] The area is very diverse ecologically and biologically, and is home to a variety of animals and plants.[30]

Highland Lakes
Lake Dam
Lake Buchanan Buchanan Dam
Inks Lake Inks Dam
Lake LBJ Wirtz Dam
Inks Lake Inks Dam
Lake Marble Falls Max Starcke Dam
Lake Travis Mansfield Dam
Lake Austin Tom Miller Dam
Lady Bird Lake Longhorn Dam

The soils of Central Texas range from shallow, gravelly clay loams over limestone in the western outskirts to deep, fine sandy loams, silty clay loams, silty clays or clays in the city's eastern part. Some of the clays have pronounced shrink-swell properties and are difficult to work under most moisture conditions. Many of Austin's soils, especially the clay-rich types, are slightly to moderately alkaline and have free calcium carbonate.[31]


Greater Austin has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers and mild winters.[32] On average, the City of Austin receives 33.6 inches (853.4 mm) of rain per year, with most of the precipitation in the spring, and a secondary maximum in the fall.[33] To the east, away from the Hill Country, precipitation is typically higher. For example, Bastrop receives an average of 38.0 inches (965.2 mm) of rain per year.[34] During springtime, severe thunderstorms sometimes occur, though tornados are rare in the city. Austin is usually at least partially sunny.

Central Texas summers are usually hot and humid, with average temperatures of approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) from June until September. Temperatures above 100 °F (38 °C) are common.[32][35][33] For the entire year there is an average of 111 days above 90 °F (32 °C) and 198 days above 80 °F (27 °C) in the City of Austin.[32] In general temperatures are somewhat cooler to the west in the Hill Country than in the plains to the east. The average August high temperature in Marble Falls in 94 °F (34 °C)compared to 96 °F (36 °C) in Bastrop, and the average January low in Marble Falls is 33 °F (1 °C) compared to 37 °F (3 °C) in Bastrop.[36][34] Winters in the Austin area are mild and dry. For the entire year, Austin averages 88 days below 45 °F (7 °C) and 24 days when the minimum temperature falls below freezing. Snowfall is rare in Central Texas, but the area suffers occasional ice storms each year that freeze over roads and can affect parts of the region for as much as 48 hours or more.[32]

Climate data for Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas, USA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 90
Average high °F (°C) 60
Average low °F (°C) 40
Record low °F (°C) -2
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.89
Source:[33] 16 Feb 2010


Employment by Industry for MSA[37]
Sector Percentage
Government 21.9%
Professional and
business services
Retail trade 10.4%
Education and
health services
Leisure and hospitality 10.1%
Manufacturing 8.6%
Financial activities 6.0%
Construction and mining 5.6%
Wholesale trade 5.3%
Information 3.0%
Transportation, warehousing,
and utilities
Other services 3.9%

Greater Austin has a diverse economy heavily anchored by government activities and education. High-tech firms, particularly related to semiconductors and software, are also important economic pillars.

Most of the area's largest employers are all within the City of Austin. These include Advanced Micro Devices, Austin Independent School District, the City of Austin, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Seton Healthcare Network, the Texas Government, the United States Government, and the University of Texas at Austin.[37] Major employers outside of Austin include Dell (Round Rock), MD/Totco in Cedar Park (a division of National Oilwell Varco), Southwestern University in Georgetown, and Texas State University in San Marcos.



The principal highways in the metropolitan area are Interstate 35 and the MoPac Expressway (State Highway Loop 1). Other important arteries in the city and its immediate vicinity are U.S. Highway 183, U.S. Highway 290, State Highway 71, and State Highway Loop 360. Further out, two toll roads, State Highway 45 and State Highway 130, also serve the metropolitan area.

Public transportation

The metro area is served by buses of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro). Capital Metro operates 48 fixed-route, 1 flex-route, and eight express bus services within the city of Austin and several nearby suburbs in Travis and Williamson counties. Capital Metro also operates the shuttles of the University of Texas, which provides limited-stop services to and from neighborhoods where many university students reside. A commuter rail service, the Red line of Capital MetroRail is expected to begin service in late March 2010, connecting Downtown with the city of Leander.[citation needed]


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1960 301,261
1970 398,938 32.4%
1980 585,051 46.7%
1990 846,227 44.6%
2000 1,249,763 47.7%
Est. 2008 1,652,602 32.2%
historical data source: [38]

As of 2000 U.S. Census Bureau estimated that in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA there were 1,249,763 people, 471,855 households, and 295,781 families. The racial makeup of the metropolitan area was 72.49% White, 7.96% African American, 0.57% Native American, 3.52% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 12.75% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.23% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $46,512 and the median income for a family was $54,361. Males had a median income of $35,612 versus $27,095 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $20,721.

As of 2008 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA had increased to 1,652,602. The population of the Austin–Round Rock–Marble Falls CSA was estimated to be 1,695,498.[3][39] The urban area population (as defined by the Census Bureau) was estimated to be 901,920 with the population of Austin proper estimated at 746,835.[2][40]


Universities and colleges

The region contains numerous universities. Major area universities include the University of Texas at Austin (flagship of the University of Texas System), Texas State University–San Marcos, and Southwestern University (Georgetown). The city of Austin itself contains numerous other institutions of higher education including Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward's University, and others. Additional institutions in the suburban communities include Temple College in Taylor and the Texas State University extension in Round Rock.

In 2006, 35% of adults in the City of Austin held college degrees, fourth place among the 77 largest cities in the U.S.[41] As of 2010 this percentage had climbed to 43.3%. In Round Rock 37.2% of adults held degrees, in Pflugerville 40.50% held degrees, in Cedar Park 39.1% held degrees, and in San Marcos 34.1% held degrees.[42] This compares to 23.2% for all of Texas and 24.4% for the entire U.S. making the Austin area one of the most educated metropolitan areas in the U.S.[43][44]

Primary and secondary

The region is served by numerous school districts. As of 2010 the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce lists 29 public school districts, 17 charter schools, and 69 private schools.[45]

The Chamber lists as the primary districts Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Del Valle ISD, Eanes ISD, Georgetown ISD, Hays CISD, Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD, Pflugerville ISD, and Round Rock ISD.[46] Adding to this list the San Marcos Consolidated Indepdendent School District and the Marble Falls Independent School District, the districts of the other two principal cities defined by the CSA, there are a total of 12 core districts. As of 2009 the Texas Education Agency ranks one district, Eanes, as "Exemplary", the highest rating. Three districts, Del Valle, Leander, and Round Rock, are ranked as "Recognized", the second highest rating. All of the others are ranked as "Academically Acceptable". These 12 districts operate 330 individual schools. Of these schools 98 (30%) are ranked as "Exemplary", and 87 (26%) are ranked as "Recognized".[47]

Major private schools in the area include Redeemer Lutheran School, Brentwood Christian School, Hill Country Christian School, Hyde Park Baptist School, the Regents School, Round Rock Christian Academy (Round Rock), Summit Christian Academy (Leander), St. Andrew's Episcopal School, and St. Michael's Academy.[48]

Culture and recreation

Annual events and festivals

The communities in Greater Austin hold many annual events. In Austin two of the most well known festivals are the South by Southwest Music and Film Festival and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which draw artists and spectators from around the U.S. Many other Austin festivals take place including the Old Pecan Street Festival, Blues on the Green, and the Laguna Gloria Art Museum Fiesta.[49] The Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival is centered in Austin but takes place at restaurants and venues in multiple communities.[50]

Outside of Austin many communities host local events of their own. Marble Falls hosts the Bluebonnet Blues and Fine Arts Festival, an event that attracts artists and performers from around the state to the community's downtown. Burnet hosts the Spring Bluebonnet Festival, which features a golf tournament, car shows, vintage airplane shows, and other activities.[51] The Old Settler's Music Festival in Driftwood features live outdoor performances ranging from folk music to bluegrass and jazz.[52] Some area communities host civic heritage festivals including the Cedar Park Heritage Festival and the Chisolm Trail Round Up in Lockhart.[53][54] The Oktoberfest celebration in Fredericksburg is one of the largest and most traditional in Texas.[55]

Owing to the culture of Texas, rodeo fairs occur annually including the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo and the Burnet Rodeo.

Arts and music

Austin for its part has adopted the nickname "Live Music Capital of the World" based on its claim of having the highest percentage of music performers of any other major city.[56] The city has a variety of venues for live music performance of popular and country music including famous clubs such as Antone's and Emo's. The long running television program Austin City Limits has for decades showcased the city's music scene, as has the South by Southwest festival and other events in the city. Apart from these the city hosts major classical music performances via the Austin Lyric Opera and the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Other communities in the Austin Area host their own music venues and organizations as well. The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, founded in 2002, offers performances at locations throughout the county.[57] The Starlight Symphony, a community orchestra, offers performances at various venues within the southwestern areas of Greater Austin including San Marcos, Dripping Springs, and Johnson City.[58] The Round Rock Symphony, a recently established organization, offers performances within Round Rock.[59]

Parks and preserves

Bastrop State Park

The Austin area has long been known for its outdoor attractions. It is home to numerous parks and nature preserves both within the municipalities and outside.

Major parks within the City of Austin include McKinney Falls State Park, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Zilker Park, and Hippie Hollow Park. Mount Bonnell Park is a popular destination, located at one of the highest points in the city. Outside of the Austin various other parks, including Bastrop State Park, Lockhart State Park, and Longhorn Cavern State Park, are available. Further from the area's core is the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a 640-acre (260 ha) park near Fredericksburg featuring a large granite mound that is popular with hikers and climbers. Additionally Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, and Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, are among the many other parks available in Central Texas.

The largest nature preserve in the area is the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, a preserve northwest of Austin near Burnet and Marble Falls comprising 21,436 acres (8,675 ha).[60] Other preserves in the area include the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, the Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Onion Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. These preserves are all part of the Heart of Texas Wildlife Trail, a network of trails and sites for viewing wildlife habitats, created by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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