Throughout its history, Austin has attracted diverse cultural groups, including immigrants from Europe, Africa, Mexico and, more recently, from Asia. All of these groups have enriched Austin's civic and cultural life, including its recent development as a mecca for music fans. Austin's musical revival began in the 1970s, when artists like David Rodriguez and Willie Nelson brought national attention, and more musicians, to the city. Now, on any given night, you can hear dozens of artists playing countless musical styles in clubs nightclubs and concert halls in the city.
In 1987, Austin created and continues to host South by Southwest (stylized as SXSW and colloquially referred to as South By), an annual conglomerate of parallel film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March. In the city, 22.5% of the population was under 18 years old, 16.6% were between 18 and 24, 37.1% between 25 and 44, 17.1% between 45 and 64, and 6.7% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.8 men.
Other Austin-based companies include NXP Semiconductors, GoodPop, Temple-Inland, Sweet Leaf Tea Company, Keller Williams Realty, National Western Life, GSD&M, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Golfsmith, Forestar Group, EZCorp, Outdoor Voices, Tito's Vodka, Indeed, Speak Social and YETI. The Henry House Museum annually hosts O. Henry Pun-Off, a word game contest in which the winning contestants show ingenuity similar to that of author William Sydney Porter. The Long Center for the Performing Arts is a 2,300-seat theater built in part with reused materials of the former Lester E.
Building To strengthen the region's park system, which encompasses more than 29,000 acres (11,736 ha), the Austin Parks Foundation (APF) was established in 1992 to develop and improve parks in and around Austin. The APF works to fill the funding gap for the city's parks through the support of volunteers, philanthropists, park advocates and strategic collaborations to develop, maintain and improve Austin's parks, trails and green spaces. The Austin Police Department is responsible for law enforcement in Austin, except in state government buildings, which are patrolled by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The University of Texas Police operates out of the University of Texas.
In 2003, the city adopted a resolution against the U.S. Patriot Act that reaffirmed constitutionally guaranteed rights. Other institutions of higher education in Austin include St. Edward's University, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Community College, Concordia University, Southwest Seminary, Texas Health and Science University, St.
Augustine University of Health Sciences, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin Austin's Austin campus of Austin, Austin campus of Austin, Austin campus of Virginia College Austin, Austin campus of Virginia College, Austin Institute of Art, Institute of South Austin Careers, the Austin Conservatory, and the branches of Case Western Reserve University and Park University. The University of Texas System and the Texas State University System are headquartered in downtown Austin. The Capital Area Rural Transportation System connects Austin to outlying suburbs and surrounding rural areas. Austin has two types of relationships with other cities, sister and friendship. The ban introduces penalties for camping, sitting or lying on a public sidewalk, or sleeping outside in or near downtown Austin or the area around the University of Texas campus.
Only 15 of the original 31 innovative towers remain standing in Austin, but none remain in any of the other cities where they were installed. Historically, Austin's skyline was modest, dominated by the Texas State Capitol and the main building of the University of Texas. Austin's central business district is home to the tallest condominium towers in the state, such as The Independent (58 stories and 210 m high) and The Austonian (56 stories and 209 m) tall). Austin also hosts the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, which attracts comedic artists.
from all disciplines to Austin. A controversial turning point in the political history of the Austin area was the redistricting of Texas in 2003. Austin's soils range from shallow, stony clay loams on limestone in the western suburbs to fine, deep sandy loam, loamy, loamy, or clay loam in the eastern part of the city. The Austin Monitor is an online medium that specializes in insider information about the City Council, the Travis County Commissioners Court, the AISD, and other issues related to local civic education. After the annexation of Texas to the United States in 1845, two state elections were needed to maintain to Austin as the capital.
Austin has also long been the technology hub of Texas, with 6,500 new technology companies based here, including Dell, which was founded in 1984 by Michael Dell when he was at the University of Texas and helped start the city's tech boom. The vote of the fourth president of the Republic, Anson Jones, and the Congress, which reconvened in Austin in 1845, resolved the question of keeping Austin as the seat of government and annexing the Republic of Texas to the United States. One official who helped shape these public works was the young congressman Lyndon Baines Johnson, who started in government work in Austin.