28 Facts About Austin City Limits

1. Austin City Limits hosts the O Henry Pun-Off World Championships, which draws pun-loving individuals from around the country.

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2. Austin City Limits has the largest urban bat population of any city in the country.

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3. Austin City Limits has access to carsharing services from Car2Go and Zipcar.

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4. Austin City Limits is served by several ride-sharing companies including Uber, Lyft, and RideAustin.

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5. Austin City Limits averaged 1.65 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8.

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6. Austin City Limits is home to child developmental institutions including the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the Central Texas Autism Center, Johnson Center for Child Health and Development and many more.

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7. Austin City Limits is home to the University of Texas at Austin, the flagship institution of the University of Texas System with over 38,000 undergraduate students and 12,000 graduate students.

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8. Austin City Limits hosted one of the last presidential debates between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their heated race for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

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9. Austin City Limits is known as an enclave of liberal politics in an otherwise conservative state—so much so, that the city is sometimes sarcastically called the "People's Republic of Austin" by residents of other parts of Texas, and conservatives in the Texas Legislature.

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10. Austin City Limits is the county seat of Travis County and hosts the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse downtown, as well as other county government offices.

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11. Law enforcement in Austin City Limits is provided by the Austin Police Department, except for state government buildings, which are patrolled by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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12. Austin City Limits is home to more than 50 public pools and swimming holes.

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13. Austin City Limits Parks and Recreation Department received the Excellence in Aquatics award in 1999 and the Gold Medal Awards in 2004 from the National Recreation and Park Association.

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14. Austin City Limits is the hometown of several cycling groups and the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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15. Austin City Limits-founded American Swimming Association hosts several swim races around town.

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16. Austin City Limits is home to the O Henry House Museum, which served as the residence of O Henry from 1893 to 1895.

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17. Austin City Limits hosts the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, which draws comedic artists in all disciplines to Austin.

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18. Austin City Limits has a strong theater culture, with dozens of itinerant and resident companies producing a variety of work.

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19. Austin City Limits has a large craft beer scene, with over 50 microbreweries in the metro area.

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20. Austin City Limits is home to a large number of food trucks, with 1,256 food trucks operating in 2016.

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21. Austin City Limits is perhaps best known for its Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine.

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22. Austin City Limits is emerging as a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; the city is home to about 85 of them.

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23. Austin City Limits is located within the middle of a unique, narrow transitional zone between the dry deserts of the American Southwest and the lush, green, more humid regions of the American Southeast.

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24. Many of Austin City Limits's soils, especially the clay-rich types, are slightly to moderately alkaline and have free calcium carbonate.

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25. The University of Texas at Austin City Limits emerged as a major university.

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26. Austin City Limits is the capital of the US state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties.

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27. Austin City Limits gives ambulances two minutes more than the NFPA's eight-minute recommendation to respond to priority one calls; Travis County gives them four.

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28. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history.

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