The city of Austin is one of the cities of the state of Texas which is situated in the United States of America. The city has the status of being the capital of Texas as well as being the seat of the Travis County. Austin is located in the central part of the state of Texas, and is ranked fourth among all the cities of the state, and sixteenth among all the cities of the United States, with respect to size. According to the figures collected in the year 2006 by the Census Bureau of the United States of America, Austin was home to more than seven hundred and nine thousand people. The population has grown from the year 2000 to the year 2006 at a rate which has made the city rank third among all the other large cities of the country with respect to the speed of population increase. The city of Austin is the economic as well as the cultural hub of the metropolitan area of Greater Austin. The Greater Austin is home to 1.6 million people.

In the year 2006, Money magazine selected Austin as being the best place to live in. it was also declared by MSN to be the Greenest City in America. The travel and leisure as well as the Headline News section of CNN has ranked Austin second referring to the traits and the character of the people who live there. The inhabitants of the city of Austin are known as Austinites. The people who live in the city belong to different walks of life. There are musicians, professors, lobbyists, students, politicians, white collar workers, state employees, blue collar workers, and high tech workers. The University of Texas has its main campus in Austin. Because of the fact that there are so many big technology companies in the city, it has been given the nickname Silicon Hills.