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Bastrop is a city and the county seat of Bastrop County, Texas, United States. Located about southeast of Austin, it is part of the metropolitan area. The population was 7,218 according to the 2010 census.GeographyBastrop is located near the center of Bastrop County along the Colorado River. The downtown business district of the city is located on a bluff on the east bank of the river, but the city extends to the west side of the river as well. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.6km2, of which 23.3km2 is land and 0.3km2, or 1.23%, is water.Three miles (5 km) northeast of the town, Lake Bastrop is a 906acre reservoir on Spicer Creek operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) since its impounding in 1964. Although primarily used as a cooling pond for the Sim Gideon Power Plant, the lake is also used for recreation, and the LCRA maintains two public parks on the lake.EducationThe Bastrop Independent School District serves Bastrop. Austin Community College conducts night and continuing education classes at the Bastrop High School.EconomyAccording to the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation as of 2004, the area's three largest employers are the Bastrop Independent school district, Wal-Mart, H-E-B Grocery Store and the Bastrop County government. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa opened on June 2, 2006 and gave a boost to employment in the area. The Texas Boot Company, which opened in 2010, draws people from around the state to Bastrop in search of the perfect pair of boots.
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