By May 2, 2020 7:22 pm
moving to Austin

People are moving to Austin, Texas, for many reasons: the awesome weather, the hills and lakes, the warmth and amicability of the people, the promising job market and the one-of-a-kind culture. There’s just something exciting about the idea of planting roots in the live music capital of the world and a major top-10 film production center. If you love music, the tech scene, independence, and all the great food and fare you can imagine, you probably won’t regret moving to Austin.

On average, around 100 people move to Austin every day—and for good reason. Centered in the heart of Texas, the city has been transformed from a sleepy college town to one of the largest, most vibrant cities in the U.S. Austin was even ranked as the number one best place to live on U.S. News’ Best Places to Live in the USA list.

Austin is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the second largest state capital. It’s no secret that Austin is a great place to visit and to live. More people are moving here every day, and that growth isn’t slowing down anytime soon. It’s been projected that the area could grow by more than 80 percent by 2030.

Living in Austin, Texas

People in all walks of life love Austin and call Austin home for themselves and their families. This diversity makes for a vibrant and societal city with a variety of events and festivals year round. The local residents are very amicable, welcoming and new friends are often just a conversation away. The music scene in Austin has something to offer everyone. The well-deserved official motto of Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World”, a label earned from its long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits, the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the now world famous South by Southwest annual film/music festival.

Employment in Austin, TX

People like to plant roots in Austin. Combine the city’s cutting-edge cuisine, social and music scene with its warm, moderate climate, ample metropolitan nature and booming tech communities and you can see why so many people move to Austin each year.

Recently, Austin has become known as a tech hub. Due to the large number of tech companies with home or regional offices in the area, it’s referred to as “Silicon Hills.” The technology companies in Austin account for the majority of tech-related revenue in the entire state of Texas, behind the DFW area.

Tech companies that have set up shop in the Austin area include:

  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Dell
  • Intel
  • Samsung
  • Apple
  • Google

Austin also offers diverse employment opportunities for other sectors including health care, entertainment, business, education, and government. Nearly 10 percent of the population works in engineering and tech sector, a number twice as high as the national average.

Getting Around Austin, TX

Whether you’re travelling to work, sightseeing or enjoying a night on the town, there are plenty of ways to get around in Austin. Austinites prefer to travel by car but driving in Austin isn’t great, but it’s still fairly average. While there are some areas of Austin that are fairly walkable, the city as a whole is quite car-dependant. But, until recently, Austin’s best commuter option was the humble bicycle. Today, the electric scooter has overtaken the bike as a safe, fun and practical way to get around. This is probably due, in part, to the fact that Austin is an extremely active, healthy city with a population that skew younger in some areas.

  • Capital Metro: It is Austin’s public transit system and is one of the simplest ways to explore downtown and the greater Austin area. It operates more than 80 bus routes and a 32-mile rail line, and single rides start at $1.25.
  • MetroRail: MetroRail is a 26-mile line that runs between Leander and Downtown Austin during the week and from Lakeline to Downtown on Saturdays. It offers comfy and reliable service and costs $3.50 per ride.
  • Ridesharing: Uber and Lyft are both popular in the Austin area, as is the local rideshare app, RideAustin. RideAustin is a community-based, non-profit organization serving Greater Austin. Riders download the app and pay 99 cents per mile; they can then choose between SUV, premium and luxury rates.
  • Biking: Downtown Austin also heavily promotes biking. Austin BCycle offers kiosks throughout the downtown area that can be accessed through memberships. There are several membership options, including Pay-as-you-ride, Explorer, the ACL Pass, and the Local365 Pass.
  • Micro mobility: Micro mobility refers to skateboards, scooters and other compact devices designed for personal mobility, of which there are a few options in Austin. Many vendors offer scooters and e-bikes for rent.
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: If you need to fly to or from Austin, the airport is just a few miles from downtown and has over 500 daily flights.

Buying a Home in Austin Isn’t Cheap

With a median home price of $407,400, Austin real estate isn’t cheap, though when compared to other major hubs for tech and business elsewhere in the country (like New York City, San Francisco and Seattle), it does look downright affordable. While the cost of living in Austin is three percent lower than the national average,however some areas can still be much more expensive than others. That’s why it’s important to consider all factors before purchasing a home. Some of those factors include:

  • Size: How much living space is ideal for you and your family? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Costs can vary significantly.
  • Neighborhood: – With different vibes, communities and costs, it’s important to understand the different neighborhoods in Austin before buying a home. Which would be the best fit for you and your family?
  • Distance. How far will you be travelling for work, school and other activities? The average commute in Austin is just under a half-hour. It might save you some bucks to have a longer commute, but it might also be more of a hassle to have to travel further every day.

The Neighborhoods of Austin

Austin has repeatedly been named one of the top 10 best and safest places to live in the US, and it is well justified. Austin isn’t a huge city, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have attractive regional distinctions.

The center of town, including the Downtown, Central, and parts of the East and West regions, are going to be both the most exciting and most expensive place to live.

As you move outwards from the middle such as the North, South, and Southeast regions, things will get cheaper but it’ll become more and more difficult to find cool things to do.

Rental Break down area wise

Bouldin, Triangle State, Downtown, and Old West Austin are some of the most costly, oldest, and busiest neighborhoods available with rents ranging from $1796 to $2501 in 2020.

Brentwood, Rosedale, Hyde Park, and East and West Congress are more moderately priced areas with rent coming in between $1191 and $1530.

Wooten, Highland Parket Lane, and Windsor Park are all on the cheaper-end of the affordability spectrum where you’ll find rent ranging from $955 to $1074.

Education in Austin

Austin is an educated town with plenty of learning options, including 29 public school districts, 27 charter school districts and over 100 private schools. In addition, the city is home to the flagship campus of the University of Texas and 26 other public and private universities and colleges.

Recreation Options in Austin

People in Austin love to eat, drink, see live music and be outdoors. Knowing where all the hottest food joints, concert venues, bars and hiking trails are is a way of life here. People like to take swimming laps in Barton Springs Pool, trail-running on the Greenbelt, sipping local brews on patios and splurging on fine cuisine (and eating all the tacos), and everywhere you look.

Art, Culture, and the Killer Austin Music Scene

  • Blanton Museum of Art: Located on the campus of the University of Texas, the Blanton Museum of Art is the main art collection for the city of Austin. With nearly 18,000 works in the collection, the Blanton showcases art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism. With a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites at the Blanton.
  • The Contemporary Austin: The Contemporary Austin has two architecturally unique locations that offer multidisciplinary exhibitions. The Laguna Gloria offers a different way to experience art through nature, history, and sculptures. Set in a historic 1916 Italianate-style Driscoll Villa surrounded by the Betty and Edward Marcus sculpture gardens. Drop in tours take place every Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. The Jones Center is the downtown location. Set in a recently renovated historic building, visitors can experience the vibrancy of downtown and explore contemporary art in different forms.
  • Red River Cultural District: This is a very popular area in the Austin music scene, especially for the hipster-types. If you branch off of Red River to 7th Street you will find more popular venue choices like Empire Control Room and Barracuda, which have both been consistently providing great live shows lately.The Red River Cultural District runs from the 600 to 900 blocks of Red River and is packed with top notch music venues such as Stubbs, Mohawk, and Cheerup Charlies.

There really is something special about Austin and we’re pretty confident that you’ll love living here. We hope this guide gives you a little insider’s insight into what Austin has to offer. If you decide to take the plunge and move to Austin, we at AB moving would love to help you! We have been serving residents moving to, from and within the Austin area since 2005.

AB Moving is a top rated professional Texas mover offering a wide array of moving services to residents and businesses throughout North Texas and beyond. We understand what you are facing and we can help, with choices you can make, and a cost you can count on.

Planning a move in near future? Give us a call or contact us to get a free moving quote today.

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