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Travis County, Texas

Travis County is located in Central Texas with scenic hills broken by the Colorado River, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake, and Walter E Long Lake. Land features cedars, pecans, other trees, diverse soils and mineral deposits. Local economy consists of government services, education, technology, research and industry.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $3.8M
Lowest Price $369K
Highest Price $33M
Total Listings 219
Avg. Days On Market 117
Avg. Price/SQFT $43.8K

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Where is Travis County, Texas?

  • Travis County is in Central Texas, 150 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Austin, the state capital and county seat, is at the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 and U.S. highways 183 and 290, 100 miles southwest of Waco and seventy-five miles northeast of San Antonio. The geographical center of the county lies two miles northwest of downtown Austin.
  • Travis County comprises 989 square miles on the eastern edge of the Edwards Plateau and is divided by the Balcones Escarpment. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,024,266; the estimated population in 2019 was 1,273,954. It is the fifth-most populous county in Texas. Its county seat is Austin, the capital of Texas. The county was established in 1840 and is named in honor of William Barret Travis, the commander of the Republic of Texas forces at the Battle of the Alamo.

Adjacent Counties

  • Williamson County (north)
  • Bastrop County (east)
  • Caldwell County (south)
  • Hays County (southwest)
  • Blanco County (west)
  • Burnet County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Travis County

  • Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered "Austin's most-loved park." This 351-acre metropolitan park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities, facilities and special events for individuals and families.

  • The Texas State Capitol is the capitol building and seat of government of the American state of Texas. Located in downtown Austin, Texas, the structure houses the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and of the Governor of Texas.

  • On any of the more than 300 days of sunshine in Austin each year, there is no better place to go than Lady Bird Lake. Whether hiking or biking the trails, doing stand-up paddle board yoga, or taking a river cruise, you will find no shortage of outdoor fun to be had in the heart of beautiful downtown Austin.

  • Travis County offers many recreational and cultural activities for its residents and visitors, including hunting, boating, and fishing, the South by Southwest film and music festivals in the spring, Austin’s Sixth Street entertainment and music district, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Farming and Ranching in Travis County

  • The land west of the escarpment is more arid than that to the east, and the vegetation varies accordingly, ranging from juniper, mesquite, and scrub brush to oak, cottonwood, redbud, and pecan trees. Elevations in Travis County range from 400 to 1,300 feet above sea level. Between 21 and 30 percent of the land is considered prime farmland. 
  • Among the county's mineral resources are dolomite, limestone, industrial sand, gravel, oil, and gas. The climate is subtropical, with an average low temperature in January of 38° F and an average high in July of 96°. The average yearly rainfall is thirty-two inches, and the growing season is 270 days.
  • Though the area was rapidly urbanizing, in 2002 Travis County had 1,306 farms and ranches covering 298,426 acres (down 29 percent from 1997), 55 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 34 percent to crops. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $17,116,000; crop sales accounted for $10,017,000 of the total. Cattle, nursery crops, hogs, sorghum, corn, cotton, small grains, and pecans were the chief agricultural products.

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