Travis County, Texas
Travis County, Texas is in Central Texas. Travis County was established in 1840 and Austin was named as the county seat just a few days after being named the state capital. Today, Travis County, TX is rapidly growing, with an estimated 1,026,158 people living in the county in 2009 (U.S. Census Bureau Data), an increase of more than 26 percent since the 2000 census.
Austin, the center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos Metropolitan Area, houses the majority of the technology-based companies, government offices and colleges and universities in the county. The capital area provides the majority of employment opportunities and choices for advanced education for Travis County, Texas residents.
The University of Texas at Austin provides talented graduates for Travis County's high-tech industry. Major technology-based employers in Travis County, TX include Dell, Samsung, IBM, Freescale and Advanced Micro Devices. In the rural sections of Travis County, Texas, oil and gas production, stone and gravel production and agriculture are the primary sources of employment.
Round Rock, once a quiet bedroom community of Austin, is very much its own city thanks largely to computer maker Dell, which has established its headquarters in Round Rock. Rapidly growing, Round Rock is considered the center for economic development in central Texas.
Pflugerville, a rapidly growing community north of Austin, is Travis County's other major city. A city rich in German heritage, Pflugerville is host to the annual DeutschenPfest, a celebration of German arts, crafts, food and music.
Several major highways link Travis County to the rest of Texas and the nation. Interstate 35 runs through Austin, linking Travis County to San Antonio. Highway 71, US 290, and US 183 also serve the county. The Austin Bergstrom International Airport provides air transportation service. Other transportation resources include Amtrak, Union Pacific Railroad and Greyhound. The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority provides public bus and trolley transportation in Austin and seven other Travis County communities.
In the heart of Texas, with the beautiful Colorado River running through the county, Travis County, Texas is known for an abundance of scenic areas. Travis provides public access to Lake Travis and adjacent Hill Country lands. Travis County has 26 parks which combine to offer approximately 7,300 acres of parkland countywide with facilities for family gatherings as well as trails for walking, jogging and bicycling.
The Lake Travis area of western Travis County Lake Travis is a recreational paradise. Lake Travis is 63.5 miles long, over four miles wide, covering nearly 19,000 acres. Communities comprising the Lake Travis area include the City of Bee Cave, the Village of Briarcliff, the Village of the Hills and the City of Lakeway.