Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Austin has a population of 786,386 (2009 U.S. Census estimate).
In 1860, 38% of Travis County residents were slaves. In 1861, with the outbreak of the American Civil War, voters in Austin and other Central Texas communities voted against secession. However, as the war progressed and fears of attack by Union forces increased, Austin contributed hundreds of men to the Confederate forces. The African American population of Austin swelled dramatically after the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas by Union General Gordon Granger at Galveston in an event commemorated as Juneteenth. Black communities such as Wheatville, Pleasant Hill, and Clarksville were established around Austin by these newcomers.
Austin is considered to be a major center for high tech. Thousands of graduates each year from the engineering and computer science programs at The University of Texas at Austin provide a steady source of employees that help to fuel Austin's technology and defense industry sectors.
The skyline has drastically changed in recent years, and the residential real estate market has remained relatively strong. Downtown growth has been aided by the presence of a popular live music and nightlife scene, museums, restaurants, and Lady Bird Lake, considered one of the city's best recreational spots. South by Southwest (SXSW) is hosted downtown and is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 2,000 performers playing in more than 90 venues around Downtown Austin over four days, in March.
Austinites take pride in personal eccentricities. Austin is the only major Texas city that has no ordinance against women appearing topless in public. "Keep Austin Weird" has become a local motto in recent years, featured on bumper stickers and t-shirts. This motto has not only been used in promoting Austin's eccentricity and diversity, but is also meant to bolster support of local independent businesses.
Austin was selected as the No. 2 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2006, and No. 3 in 2009, and also the "Greenest City in America" by MSN. According to Travel & Leisure magazine, Austin ranks No. 1 on the list of cities with the best people, referring to the personalities and attributes of the citizens.
Austin has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers and mild winters. On average, Austin receives 33.6 inches of rain per year, with most of the precipitation in the spring, and a secondary maximum in the fall. Austin is usually at least partially sunny, receiving nearly 2650 hours, or 60.3% of the possible total, of bright sunshine per year. Austin summers are usually hot and humid, with average July and August highs in the mid-90s °F. Winters in Austin are mild and relatively dry. For the entire year, Austin averages 88 days below 45 °F and 24 days when the minimum temperature falls below freezing.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Abella Salon - Category: Hair Salon- 6406 N I H 35, Austin, Texas 78752
KleenShave.com - Category: Shave- KleenShave is a premier online shaving products source for African Americans, and all shavers with pseudofolliculitis barbae. 2004 Delvin Lane Austin, Texas (800) 929-5960 - (visit website)
Nappy Edges Salon - Category: Hair Salon
- 515 W. 15th, Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 267-9990
Nonye Hair Braiding - Nonye Braids offers exceptional hair care to people from all backgrounds
- 2307 Galway St (512) 524-7364 - (visit website)
Phenomenal Hair and Skin - Specialize in healthy hair: long, short, sew-in, quick weave, natural. - 917 W. Anderson Sq # F - Austin, Texas (512) 791-5132
Salon E - Got The Bad Hair Blues? We Take Care Of You!- 7950 Anderson Sq Suite 102 - Austin, Texas (512) 452-1844
The Bottom Line Hair Salon - Category: Hair Salon
- 1509 W. North Loop, Austin, Texas 78751 (512) 467-1509
The Hair Clinic Salon - Salon and beauty supply store located on one of the busiest streets in Austin! - 3016 Guadalupe St (512) 608-4016 - (visit website)
Village Beauty & Barber Shop - Category: Barbers- 1309 E 12th St - Austin, Texas (512) 236-8856
Your Best Image - Category: Beauty- Come get expert advice & time-saving tips on grooming all hair types (especially Sisterlocks, Afros and bald heads), eyelash extensions, facial threading, and ear piercing. We feature the following industry leaders: CHI, Sisterlocks, Aquage, Biomega, Ultimate Face Cosmetics, and Coren PS. 6505 Manchaca Rd. Austin, Texas (512) 280-3731 - (visit website)
Arbeba Temple No. 1 (AAONMS) Shriners - Category: Community Services- Arbeba Temple No. 1 is a non profit/community based organization that participates in community service, fund raisers and charity for the good of the community. 1017 East 11th Street Austin, Texas (512) 270-0738
A Touch of Africa - Category: Shopping- Home Business, sell from my website and catalog parties at home. everything Africa, clothes, health products, Pure Shea Butter, Soaps, beauty products, Fabric, Drums, much more. 4 day delivery after orders made. 12820 N Lamar Blvd (512) 704-7809 Austin, Texas - (visit website)
Bobby R. Taylor - Category: Attorney -
1709 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas 78702 (512) 476-4886
Carpitality - Category: Transportation- We offer convenient, reliable and luxurious transportation in the AUSTIN and BASTROP areas. CARPITALITY boasts a modern fleet of SUVs, passenger vans and buses - guaranteed safe, clean and on time. Please call (512) 763-2068 or (512) 985-7933, and after 10pm (512) 321-3141. We're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. - (visit website)
GJ's Mens Fashion - Category: Apparel -
7801 North Lamar, Austin, TX. (512) 380-9322 - (visit website)
Huston-Tillotson College - Category: Historically Black College -
900 Chicon St, Austin, TX, 78702-2795 (512) 505-3000 - (visit website)
Keith and Assoc. - Category: Attorney -
605 W. Oltorf St., Austin, Texas 78704 (512) 288-0582
Minister/LifeCoach - Category: LifeCoach - Looking for Speaking engagements. Please call and visit my site. My Life is My Ministry, Jesus said it, I Just Do It. Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Proverbs 21:21 - 12820 N Lamar Blvd Austin, Texas (512) 704-7809 - (visit website)
Natalie Freeman - Category: Realtor - A University of Texas at Austin graduate who is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to those buying or selling real estate in the greater Austin area. - 1801 S. Mopac Expwy. Ste. 100 | Austin, TX 78746 (512) 296-8805 - (visit website)
Sunshades Window Tinting - Category: Auto - Call Sunshades Window Tinting for the highest-quality window tint in Austin. In Austin, TX, window tint and car stereos are our specialties. Call today. - 12217 Roxie Drive, Austin, TX. (512) 249-8468 - (visit website)
Super Supper Club (SSC) - Category: Auto - The Super Supper Club of Austin is a social club exclusively for women who enjoy cooking, learning to cook, or just all around good company. Our dinner parties are filled with great food, drinks, and entertainment! - All over Austin and surrounding areas. Austin, TX (512) 644-6586 - (visit website)
The Bedford Law Firm - Category: Attorney -
111 Congress Avenue, Fourth Floor, Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 215-4835
The Capitol Times - Category: African American Newspaper -
1250 Capital of Texas Hwy, Two Cielo Center, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78746 (512) 499-8660
The Villager - Category: African American Newspaper -
1223-A Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX, 78702 (512) 476-0082
World Beat Cafe - Category: Cafe - 600 West Martin Luther KIng, Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 236-0197
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