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Travis County has a higher fully vaccinated rate than the state overall. But it is also reporting starker disparities across demographic groups. (Jordan Vonderhaar)

More than 55% of Travis County residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated, compared to less than 45% of Texas residents 12 and older, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Despite outperforming the state in terms of overall vaccination rates, the county is reporting starker disparities across its demographic groups.

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The 2020 census was plagued by the pandemic and politics at the state and federal level. But Austin outperformed other cities across Texas in terms of its self-response rate. (Stock photo)

The census occurs every 10 years and determines how trillions of dollars of federal funds are allocated to state and local governments and where district lines are drawn at the local, state and federal levels. "This data is important," Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Officer Julie Wheeler told local elected officials on Tuesday. "It touches every area of our lives."

Although more granular census data won't be available until later this year, the 2020 census is already having an impact on Austinites, from how they will be represented in Congress to confirming its status as a perpetual boomtown.

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Google is implementing a hybrid work week across all of its offices. (1000Photography/Shutterstock)

Austin's big tech offices are starting to open up—to varying degrees.

Over a year of remote work later, some companies found it to be the perfect fit, while others experienced less productive employees. Overheard on Conference Calls, a workplace reviews site, ranked Austin as the third best city for remote work last year based on a variety of factors, including cost of living, average WiFi speed, commute time savings and coffee shops per capita.

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Austin's dating landscape, from the casual to marriage-centric, is back in a big way this summer. (Homegets)

Hot Girl Summer, a term popularized by Texas-raised rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the summer of 2019, is back as vaccinated Austinites take to their newfound freedom and return to the dating scene in what is being called Shot or Vaxxed Girl Summer.

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