Austin used to be a pleasant surprise for business students and visitors from out of state, but the city's great weather, friendly atmosphere, and thriving economy are secrets no more. The city is bluebonnets and blues, high-tech and hill country, research and recreation. Demographers call Austin a "city of ideas," one of a handful of American regions where a new creative class of entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists and visionaries are reshaping the model for American prosperity.
All photos courtesy of the Austin Chamber of Commerce
The secret is out, Austin is an amazing city to live in, work and attend school. If you’ve ever been to our city, then you can probably imagine how easy it is for one to get carried away talking about how great Austin is, so don’t just take our word for it. We'll let the rankings on the following tabs speak for themselves.
Before you go any further though, check out this great video from the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau that highlights some of the key moments throughout the history of our great city, starting all the way back in 1853.
A Quick Look At Our City
A Sunny Disposition
Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, with its chain of lakes, ancient live oaks and cedar trees, Austin is one of the country’s most enjoyable places to live. In addition to its scenic beauty, laid-back atmosphere and great sense of history, Austin has a highly educated and friendly population.
If you enjoy great weather and outdoor activities, Austin is the perfect place for you – the moderate climate and more than 300 days of sunshine annually makes outdoor recreation a year-round venture. Average temperatures range from 42 to 62 degrees in winter and 75 to 95 degrees in summer. In the spring and autumn you can count on blue skies and very mild weather. Average rainfall is 33.6 inches. Summer afternoons are warm and winter days are often pleasant, but it can get chilly at night. Snowfall is rare.
Never A Dull Moment
Simply put, there is never a shortage of things to do in Austin. With numerous local festivals and sporting events, world-class museums, amazing parks, great restaurants and local shops, Austinites never have a dull moment.
Because of the natural beauty of its surroundings, as well as its friendliness toward artists and artistic pursuits, Austin has long served as an oasis for painters, printmakers, jewelry makers, musicians, potters and devotees of nearly every variety of artistic expression. Austin boasts local and touring theater companies, ballet, opera, theater, professional symphony and numerous galleries showcasing local, regional and international artists. In Texas, Austin ranks first in the number of artists and musicians per capita – hence the title of “Live Music Capital of the World.” On any given night, listeners can choose from performances of rock to blues, Latin to jazz, folk to country, and everything in between.
If you’re not up for a live show, Austin has a nightlife spot for anyone and everyone. For bars and clubs, venture to Sixth Street or Fourth Street for endless choices. From historic downtown to the urban Warehouse District and on to funky South Congress, the city has more places to see and be seen than one could hope to find.
Dynamic Business Environment
Austin is home to an educated, bilingual, multi-tiered workforce with a passion for success. Our city’s population offers skill sets that range from high-end technology design, development and marketing to back-office operations that help customers with everything from banking services to video game advice. Austin’s dynamic business ecosystem provides consistent job growth for some of the most successful companies.
Austin’s well-educated work force, overall low business costs, and available, affordable commercial space offer opportunity for business growth, and thus enable those seeking positions in the area to identify and pursue their ideal position. Austin has a wide variety of employment opportunities. The top industries in the area include technology, life sciences, film and music, business services and distribution.
In addition to having a large assortment of private companies and entrepreneurial ventures, Austin’s largest employers include Dell, Motorola, 3M, National Instruments, The University of Texas, Austin Community College and the Austin Independent School District. While Austin has housed the corporate headquarters for companies such as National Instruments, Dell and Whole Foods Market for years, the health of the Texas economy and vitality of the Austin business community has recently drawn companies such as Facebook, Inc. to open new offices in the downtown area, the first outside of its California base.
Affordability In The Capital City
If you are looking for a city with a reasonable cost of living, look no further than Austin, Texas. Compared to other major business centers, Austin is well known for its affordability.
With a cost of living below the national average, moving to Austin is, among other reasons, a great economical choice. Housing prices here sit well below those in other major cities, giving students not only the opportunity to rent, but also buy a home if they like. In Texas, aggregate costs for real estate, energy, and wages are below most states in the country. Texas features no personal or corporate income tax, and overall the state has one of the lowest state and local tax burdens in the nation, ranking 41st among the 50 states in taxes paid per $1000 of personal income.
For more information on the cost of living in Austin, please visit the Austin Chamber of Commerce website.