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Austin’s 1999 time capsule

What was Austin like at the turn of the millennium? We took a look back at the final year of the 20th century to see what life was like pre-Y2K.

Austin aerial view with search bar looking up "Austin 1999"

Hey Google, what was Austin like in 1999?

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Do you remember 1999? That year, Google officially launched. To celebrate a quarter century, Google Trends opened its time capsule to look at the world’s search history.

To explore our local time capsule, we used the 25-year-old search engine to take a glimpse at life in Austin at the turn of the millennium.

  • Median family income: $55,400
  • Austin’s population: 587,873
  • Average cost to buy a home: $181,900
  • Average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Texas: $0.718
  • In the news: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport opened to replace Robert Mueller Municipal Airport + UT Austin professors warned of the possible risks of Y2K.
  • Who was performing: Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock joined forces at City Coliseum, before it was demolished.
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