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With a nickname like "music capital of the world," you know that Austin, Texas is a happening place. A city population of 690,252 and an area population of 1,452,529 make Austin the 4th largest city in Texas and the 16th largest in the nation. San Marcos lies 29 miles southwest of Austin and in 2000 had a population of 34,733.

Forbes magazine rated Austin, Texas as the third best place for business and career, making the economic and professional outlook in the Austin-San Marcos area one of the best in the nation. The median per capital personal income is $32,494 -- 98% of the national average. The Austin area is hot spot for country and western musicians, and gained the added reputation of being involved in the dot-com boom. Today, the top industries are:

  • The University of Austin, Texas
  • Dell Computer Corporation
  • Austin Independent School District
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • Seton Healthcare
  • IBM Corp.


Investment capital in Austin is abundant, making the region one of the top targets for venture capital investment in the United States. The top five areas sectors luring investments are:

Software $130,755,100
Semiconductors $92,077,800
Computers and peripherals $40,449,000
IT Services $38,820,000
Electronics/instruments $25,542,000


With so much economic diversity, it is easy to see why Austin-San Marcos is a popular place to live. Since 1969 this area has grown almost 11% per year and at a rate 45% higher than the national average.

For more information on colleges and universities in Texas, explore our Texas state page.

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Austin, Texas (TX) Colleges and Universities

Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from this state.