An estimated 55,000 newcomers will Move to Austin, Texas this year. Austin continues to rank high in most "best place to live" categories.
Robert H. McGee
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Whether it’s the music, bats, food, or the University of Texas Longhorns, there’s a reason why 17 million people each year choose Austin, Texas as their travel destination of choice – and why thousands more move to Austin each year. In fact, both the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council and Primacy Relocation, LLC have consistently ranked Austin, Texas first in surveys of the country’s “best large markets for relocating families.”
Austin, Texas is the home of both the state capital and a million Mexican free-tailed bats that swoop from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge nightly from March until mid-November each year. The “Live Music Capital of the World” also boasts a funky mix of award-winning restaurants, mouth-watering barbeque, tattooed hipsters, a refreshing liberal culture, politics, and high technology.
In the end, Austin is like the oldest sibling – the one who paved the way so the rest of the kids had it easier – with a laid-back, take-it-or-leave-it kind of attitude that matches well with its fun and funky culture. Perhaps that’s why so many celebrities – including Sandra Bullock, Lance Armstrong, Robert Rodriguez and others – decide to move here. They won’t be bothered here – because, to be honest, no one cares.
Austin, Texas: Best Place to Live
Located right about in the center of Texas, Austin is about three hours south of Dallas; three hours west of Houston; and about 90 minutes north of San Antonio – depending on I-35 traffic, of course. Austin’s geographic location is in south central Texas, where the Colorado River crosses the Balcones Escarpment – which separates the Texas Hill Country from the state’s blackland prairies to the east. The escarpment is also responsible for creating the city’s limestone cliff formations that define Austin’s anything-but-Texas surroundings.
One look around at our scenic Texas Hill Country views, and it’s clear that you won’t find flat or desolate here. With its steep terrain, creeks, parks and the Colorado River, many visitors to Austin can’t believe they’re still in Texas. Instead, stunning vistas, massive hills, wildflowers, and a mostly temperate climate have earned Austin a reputation as one of the nation’s fittest cities since there’s plenty to do outside to stay fit and enjoy an active lifestyle. There’s no question that both visitors and residents alike revel in the stunning beauty that combines the best of the Texas prairie with the scenic Hill Country. Many who choose to move to Austin, do so for just these types of views.The Colorado River only adds to that beauty – flowing through the heart of the city to create a series of lakes via dams that stretch for more than 100 miles. And its crown jewel is right in the center – it’s one of the dammed portions of the river and is known as Lady Bird Lake, in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. Surrounded by the giant Zilker Park, the Lady Bird Lake is the epicenter of outdoor activity – from kayaking and rowing to the miles of running trails that circle it.
Waterloo: The Original Austin, TX
Originally settled by Indians, Austin’s first village was Waterloo – and it’s the one that was chosen to become the state’s capital of the new Republic of Texas.
The city was later named after Stephen F. Austin, “the father of Texas,” and its founders’ vision included a state capitol building that would look down from a hill over the city. Texas was annexed in 1845, and the State Capitol was built in 1888 – on a hill, with stunning views of the city.
Built as a result of the largest barter transactions in history (the builders got 3 million acres in the Texas Panhandle, which later became the XIT Ranch – the largest cattle ranch in the world), the Texas State Capitol is one of the state’s most popular attractions with more than 1 million visitors each year. Constructed from limestone and pink granite from nearby Marble Falls in the same architectural style as the nation’s Capitol, it’s actually taller than its distant D.C. sibling by seven feet – making it the largest state capital in the U.S.
Today, with tens of thousands choosing to move to Austin each year, and a population approaching 800,000, Austin is the fourth-largest city in Texas. The area only continues to grow, with experts predicting an overall population of nearly 1.9 million in 2012 for the five-county Austin-Round Rock MSA – which covers 258.43 square miles and includes Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, and Bastrop counties.