Moving to Austin, TX

Thinking of Moving to Austin?

Well, you’re in good company. As the fastest growing city in the country, Austin has an average of 157 new people arriving every day. Famous for its sunny weather and laid-back vibe, Austin is a popular destination for visitors. And many like it so much that they never leave. The saying I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could rings true!


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Living in Austin

As the city’s occupancy continues to rise, so does the cost of living. Rent prices have shot up and the housing market is very competitive. In fact, for the last five years straight, home sales have set a record. The good news is that Austin is building as fast as it can to make room for all its new inhabitants. For better or worse, the major construction has become a fact of life for city-dwellers.

Traffic

If there’s one thing that unifies the people of Austin, it’s complaining about traffic. The rate of growth has become a strain on the city’s infrastructure. Rush hour commutes can be tedious and the major highways can be gridlocked at random times of day or night. But the city is making progress with expanded bus lines and a light rail for those who live in the suburbs. Those who prefer to ride their bicycles have dedicated bike lanes all over the city.

Weather

Texas ranks as one of the hottest states in the US, so Austin can experience extreme temperatures in the summer months. But 100+ days don’t stop people from swimming, sipping margaritas, and finding other ways to keep cool. And the rest of the year is pleasantly warm, enabling people to enjoy outdoor activities to their heart’s content.

Summer average (June – Aug): 95 F high, 74 F low
Winter average (Dec – Feb): 63 F high, 43 F low

Economy

Austin’s tech sector is an important piece of its economy, which is also bolstered by retail, real estate, government, and labor. Recent growth in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies has put the city on the map for those sectors as well. Job creation grows at a steady rate, with most new opportunities being business related.

Major employers include Whole Foods, Keller Williams Realty, EZCorp, Freescale Semiconductor, Dell, and 3M Corporation.

Unemployment rate: 3.1% (as of December 2015)
Average weekly wages for all industries: $1220 (2015)

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Austin, TX Arts and Entertainment

Stubb's BBQ

Stubb's BBQ, Red River Street, Austin, TX, United States

The Mohawk

Mohawk Austin, Red River Street, Austin, TX, United States

Parish

Parish, East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

ACL Live at The Moody Theater

ACL Live at The Moody Theater, West Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

Emo's

Emo's, East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX, United States

Antone's

Antone's Nightclub, East 5th Street, Austin, TX, United States

The Continental Club

The Continental Club, South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States

The Backyard

The Backyard, Texas 71, Austin, TX, United States

The Belmont

The Belmont, West 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Waterloo Records

Waterloo Records & Video, North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

Music

You know you're in Austin when you hear live music coming from every nook and cranny of this city.

Stubb's BBQ
The Mohawk
Parish
ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Emo's
Antone's
The Continental Club
The Backyard
The Belmont
Waterloo Records

Veracruz All Natural

Veracruz All Natural Food Truck, East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, United States

Uchi

Uchi, Austin, TX, United States

East Side King at The Liberty

The Liberty, East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Salty Sow

Salty Sow, Manor Road, Austin, TX, United States

Franklin BBQ

Franklin Barbecue, East 11th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Barley Swine

Barley Swine, Burnet Road, Austin, TX, United States

Odd Duck

Odd Duck, South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

Contigo

Contigo, Anchor Lane, Austin, TX, United States

Vox Table

VOX Table, South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

Ramen Tatsu-ya

Ramen Tatsu-ya, Research Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

Restaurants

Our love of breakfast tacos isn't an obsession; it's a lifestyle.

Veracruz All Natural
Uchi
East Side King at The Liberty
Salty Sow
Franklin BBQ
Barley Swine
Odd Duck
Contigo
Vox Table
Ramen Tatsu-ya

Elephant Room

Elephant Room, Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States

Barbarella

Barbarella, Red River Street, Austin, TX, United States

The Tigress Pub

The Tigress Pub, West North Loop Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

Blackheart

THE BLACKHEART, Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United States

Hotel San Jose

Hotel San José, South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States

Whisler's

Whisler's, East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

The Historic Scoot Inn

Historic Scoot Inn, East 4th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Firehouse Lounge & Hostel

Firehouse Lounge & Hostel, Brazos Street, Austin, TX, United States

Péché

Péché, West 4th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Handlebar

HandleBar, East 5th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Nightlife

"Dirty Sixth" only scratches the surface of Austin's ever-vivacious nightlife.

Elephant Room
Barbarella
The Tigress Pub
Blackheart
Hotel San Jose
Whisler's
The Historic Scoot Inn
Firehouse Lounge & Hostel
Péché
Handlebar
Nature

Austin boasts miles of open water in the city and surrounding areas, making paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, and waterskiing all popular activities. A large stretch of greenbelt provides hikers and rock climbers an expanse of beautiful hilly forest to explore. Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring-fed pool, is the largest natural swimming pool in an urban area.

The unique geography of the city means the best of all worlds, with coasts, hills, flatlines, and diverse flora and fauna that thrives in each. Austinites love being outside and take pride in the natural beauty of the city. It’s not just people that love the city; 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make Austin their home each year under bridges and emerge at night to eat insects.

Food

In the last decade or so, Austin has become as famous for its cuisine as its music. Whether your budget allows for fine dining or food trucks, the quality and creativity of the food is impressive. The city is known for outstanding Texas barbecue and tacos. Neither disappoints, nor will the craft cocktail and beer scene. The restaurant selection is as diverse as its residents, so there’s something for everyone: vegans, carnivores, and everyone in between.

Nightlife

Downtown is hopping every weekend with each neighborhood offering a different vibe. Sixth Street alone features three distinct areas, West Sixth (trendy bars for young professionals), East Sixth (laid-back hipsters) and nestled between the two is Dirty Sixth (shot bars). Rainey Street is another bar-laden street with craft beer joints, cozy martini bars, and stylish watering holes that hit the spot for locals and tourists alike

Culture

Austin’s culture is a unique one, and the old saying Keep Austin Weird still describes many places. The influx of new residents has brought a new diversity that’s evident in the spirit of the city from the public art to the changing culinary landscape. Austin takes pride in its smart and creative residents and is welcoming to the many new faces (and businesses!) that seek to be a part of the magic.

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