The following are our best resources for current information and statistics on Austin and Travis County. All of these materials are available for use in our Reading Room and some are also available on the Internet. Our resources for current information on Austin also include local news media resources.
This database is a helpful resource to locate assistance available in many areas such as financial, employment, health, education, housing, food, and many more.
An annual report produced by the Texas Education Agency using information from school districts as required by state law. Contains district-wide and school-by-school statistics such as attendance and dropout rates and performance on TAAS tests during the previous school year.
Concise statistical profiles of 76 cities receiving high marks for business and living environment indicators. Appendices offer comparative statistics ranking many items including rent, health care costs, cost of living, hourly wages, per capita income, poverty rates, and much more. The most recent edition was published in 2008.
Daily newspaper, indexed on-line since 1981 for items of local interest. Complete run from 1871 on microfilm. The full text of staff-written and selected articles (1989-present) is available on the Internet at all Austin public libraries.
Weekly source for business information in Central Texas. Includes list of new incorporations in the greater Austin area. Selected articles from the current issue are available online, as well as major articles from issues dating back to June 1996.
Local alternative newspaper with coverage of politics, entertainment, books, arts, and culture. Selected articles from all issues dating back to 1995 are available on the Internet. A complete run of the newspaper is also available in hardcopy.
Annual summary of crime statistics. Includes criminal activity by census tract.
Compiled annually by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, this list contains basic information about high-technology businesses and related statistical data. Includes lists of high-tech manufacturers and firms specializing in software development and service, as well as a list arranged by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). Web addresses included.
Annual compilation published by the Austin Business Journal containing lists of the largest Austin companies in different fields, such as real estate, banking and finance, and travel and meetings.
Lists local government officials and provides brief demographic data for the region.
Using U.S. Census data, the City of Austin Demographic Work Program reports examines the vital demographic components of population and housing with detail to the tract level. Comprehensive census information is available at the Census Bureau Web site. The Austin History Center also has PCensus for updated demographic data.
Sustainability indicators recognize the complexity and interdependence of the environment, economic development, and social equity. The Indicators Project was started in 1999.
Complete proposed and approved annual municipal budgets. Approved and proposed budgets for the last ten years are available on the City's Web site.
Contains all active ordinances of "a general and permanent nature." Includes the Austin City Charter and local amendments to Uniform Building Code, Plumbing Code, etc. Indexed and updated regularly.
Minutes of meetings of City boards and commissions: Electrical Utility, Library Commission, Historic Landmark Commission, Water/Wastewater, Planning, etc. Incomplete runs since 1979. Some meetings are also available on videotape and DVD.
Weekly documentation of actions of the Austin City Council since 1971. Videotape recordings since April 1984. Minutes from 1869 through current year are available on the Internet.
List of information about the City of Austin's boards and commissions. Includes the name, purpose, authority, membership, liaison, term and meetings of each board or commission.
Database of neighborhood associations and other groups provides contact and meeting information for community groups. Information about crime and zoning issues is also available.
Annual Austin metro area directory, arranged by address and telephone number. Contains a Census Tract Marketing Section that includes streets and blocks in each trading zone and other marketing information. ZIP code Marketing Section lists market planning counts by ZIP code and an alphabetical list of streets for each ZIP code. Has a slightly different format than Polk's Austin City Directory, which is arranged by names and by address.
Monitors and tracks development from an urban planning perspective. It is available in electronic form, including spreadsheets and maps, with an emphasis on providing raw data on development activity. Most data sets are posted quarterly. Includes analysis on subdivisions, site plans, and permits.
Coverage of city hall and local politics--hot off the wire. Published by editor Ken Martin.
Monthly summary by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Gives daily average, minimum and maximum temperature and rainfall levels as well as observations at three-hour intervals. More climatological data is available from NOAA at their Web site.
A Dun & Bradstreet subsidiary annually combines census data with updated estimates for population, household income, home value, education/labor indicators, length of residence, etc. Also has sections on business market factors, new construction information, and deposit date for financial institutions. Arranged by ZIP code and/or by census tract.
MAIN hosts local nonprofit Web sites free of charge and links to nearly 400 other nonprofits. The Business Assistance section of MAIN includes listings for most of the Chambers of Commerce in the metropolitan area. MAIN also links to guidelines for building accessible Web sites.
Biweekly newsletter focusing on Austin's current political and economic climates. Pulls information from other local, state, and national sources such as Builder's Report and Texas Business Review.
Replaces the Standard Industrial Classification published in 1987. Data was compiled in 1997 and published in 1998 for this volume. Cross references to the 1987 SIC codes are provided.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' survey of earnings for workers in a sample of occupations. Covers Austin and Round Rock. See also 1999 Austin Area Pay & Benefits Survey: Job Market Pricing Report.
Lists businesses and residences within city limits of Austin by name, address, and telephone number. Includes a classified listing of businesses. Often includes individual's place of employment and indicates which entries are for new householders and/or homeowners. Contains a demographic profile section by ZIP Code.
Monthly list of Travis County properties proposed for foreclosure.
Contains statistics on employment, unemployment, layoffs, and other wage and workplace information.
Quadrennial survey compiled by the Austin Transportation Study in cooperation with the State Department of Highways & Public Transportation, Travis County, and the City of Austin. Measures daily vehicular traffic counts on selected roadways and intersections within the ATS area. Hard copy editions are available in the collection through 1992. More recent reports are available on the Internet.