Comparing Austins City Limits With Other Cities Around The World

Dated: 09/11/2015

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Comparing Austin’s city limits with other cities around the world

Hannah Thornby

No, we’re not trying to compare our biggest urban music festival, Austin City Limits, with those of other cities. 


(Although that would be no contest because what other fest has a Golden Porta Potty, right?)

When we speak of comparing Austin’s city limits, we’re talking about the roughly 274 square miles of land that make up the city of Austin and how that area compares to similar cities’ square mileage.

Brian Shreckengast, a researcher at the Sparefoot Blog, recently went about illustrating this graphically, putting Austin up against cities around the world, from San Antonio to Paris. 

To do this, Shreckengast used a mapping software called MapFrappe to overlay Austin’s city outline on other city maps, while also accounting for slight adjustments that come with mercator projection distortions.

While not all the map illustrations will blow your mind, they do provide a neat new way think about the city of Austin.

First, Austin versus its neighbor just down the road, San Antonio:

austin versus san antonio

Austin is also dwarfed by Houston, one of the largest cities in the U.S. austin versus houston

New York City is only 30 square miles larger than Austin, but is home to nearly ten times as many people.

austin versus new york city

Austin claims over 200 more square miles than San Francisco.austin san franciso

All of Paris is about the size of Central Austin.

austin versus paris

Graphics courtesy of Sparefoot

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