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10 Reasons Why Austin is a Great Place to Live

Whether you know it as Austin or one of its nicknames, “The Heart of Texas,” “Silicon Hills,” or “The Live Music Capital of the World,” the Texas state capital is a great place to work, live, and play!

If you’ve already decided to move or you have just started to contemplate relocating, there are a lot of reasons why moving to Austin should be on your list:

  1. The city has a ‘bulletproof’ economy.’ Nicely distributed across many sectors including government, industry, and high tech, Austin has been one of America’s fastest growing job sites for decades.
  1. It’s not going to cost you much, with the low cost of living. Named the fifth most affordable city in the US in 2012, everything in Austin costs less than major cities around the country, and especially those on the east and west coasts.
  1. No real estate bubble bursting allowed. The housing market didn’t suffer the devastation most of America did during the downturn, and home values are considerably less than the national average.
  1. You won’t have to spend a lot of time in your car as the Austin commute takes 10-15% less time than the national average.
  1. Come out at night. The “Live Music Capital of the World” has plenty of venues to suit every taste for nightlife, whether you want to boot scoot boogie, enjoy a quiet cocktail and fine dining or pub crawl with the college crowd. If nightly entertainment isn’t enough, Austin hosts major music festivals like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits, six days of music, food and art overlooking downtown.
  1. Wanna park? There are nearly 20,000 acres of parkland in Austin, offering everything from hiking and bike trails, dog walking, climbing, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. There are thirty unique old-timey “swimming holes” in and around the city.
  1. Book it! Austin is home to the University of Texas, one of the largest and most notable institutions of higher learning in the US. If you can’t find a class at UT, there are a half dozen other colleges and technical / trade schools to pursue your educational passion.
  1. Hungry? You’ll be spoiled by the number of restaurant options available to Austin diners. Enjoy every type of ethnic cuisine, from casual to white linen and full-service dining. Whatever you have a hankering for, whether you want to sit down, take out or belly up to a food truck, you’ll find it in Austin.
  1. Not a taxing experience. Of course, Austin residents, as part of Texas, are not burdened by state income tax. There isn’t any state income tax! Another good reason for moving to Austin.
  1. Be a sport. If you’ve never experienced the spectacle of a UT Longhorns football game, you haven’t lived. There is even a ten block area roped off around the stadium dedicated to hard-core tailgating! Austinites love their tailgating, no matter the sport or occasion!

 

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