Here are 11 things you may not have known about Austin, Texas.
- Austin, Texas is famous for its bats. Between March and October, an estimated 1.5 million bats emerge from under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge just before sunset. This is the largest bat colony in North America.
- More than 10% of Austinites are of German ancestry
- Constructed from sunset red granite, the Texas State Capitol building in Austin is the largest state capitol in the United States.
- The city of Austin, Texas covers 280 square miles, making the city nearly as large in landmass as New York City.
- With 200 live music venues and as many as 2,000 bands and performing artists, Austin is considered the Live Music Capital of the World.
- According to the Nielsen Company, adults in Austin read and contribute to blogs more than those in any other U.S. metropolitan area.
- U.S. News & World Report named Austin the best place to live in the U.S. in 2017.
- Austin doesn’t have a professional sports team.
- Austin is one of the sunniest cities in America.
- Austin has celebrated the birthday of the fictional character from Winnie the Pooh since 1963. Eeyore’s Birthday Party usually happens on the last Saturday of April. Attendees arrive in colorful costumes and are entertained by live music and very large drum circles.
- Austin has tons of museums, including one dedicated to ‘junk.’
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