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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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