A Blueberry In The Tomato Soup
- Former Governor Rick Perry
The Best Thing About Austin?
Where’d the desert go?
Ditch your perceptions of deserts, oil magnates and cowboys. The capital of the Lone Star State ain’t that. Want some nature? Go kayaking or swimming in one of the many tree- lined lakes and rivers, or go biking or hiking along one of the many trails around them. Want some culture? Austin is home to one of the country’s most popular art scenes, has a great foodie culture, and a music scene that has Austin hailed as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
Want a job? You might question whether you’re in Silicon Valley when you see the number of tech companies here. Facebook, Google, Apple and more all have offices in Austin, and the city unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country.
Finally, we have to mention the political climate in Austin. If you’re moving to Texas to escape the progressives in San Francisco or Boulder then take 35 or 290 in virtually any direction to find giant pockets of conservatism. If on the other hand you’re looking for an island of misfit liberals that comprise the Austin populace then you’re going to love it here.
Note from a local about what they love here:
Breweries, H‑E‑B, parks, barbecue, waterways, relaxed vibe (compared to other big cities), friends, live music. Looking forward to having the MLS team here, too.
Edit to add: I also love our big events throughout the year: ACL, SXSW, F1, etc. I know they come with their own sets of problems, but I love being able to take advantage of that kinda stuff in my own backyard.
The Worst Thing About Austin?
It’s still in Texas
Two Texas staples that Austin still clings onto are, unfortunately, traffic and weather. Austin commutes are some of the most brutal in the country. Austin is rapidly expanding, a reflection of those positives, but the roads are not, and regardless of when you leave the house, you’ll probably be stuck somewhere. The lack of good public transportation does you no favors, so you pretty much have to own a car to live here.
You need a car with great AC as well. You won’t forget you’re living in Texas in July and August when the highs occasionally get up to a humid 110 Fahrenheit. The plus is winter days in the sixties and autumn ones in the seventies, but we’ll let you be the judge as to whether or not the trade off is worth it.
Note from a local about driving here:
Whenever I get in my car I feel like a contestant in the movie Death Race. I'm actually nervous to drive with the amount of red-light-runners and stop signs that don't seem to apply to some drivers. Lots of road rage I see that I don't engage in but still scary to witness. It's gotten worse since the start of the pandemic.
Lifestyle Of Austin
We’re going to keep hammering home the fact that Austin strays far from the typical Texas tropes. Home to some of the hottest bars and foodie spots in the country, and a wide range of popular live music concerts, Austin is an increasingly attractive destination for young socialites.
Finally, we have to mention the political climate in Austin. If you’re moving to Texas to escape the progressives in San Francisco or Boulder, you’ll probably be disappointed in how far left Austin swings. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for an island of misfit liberals like the ones that comprise the Austin populace, then you’re going to love it here. Austin is also home to one of the most active LGBTQ communities in the nation.
Check out the Austin calendar of events to get the details on what's happening here: https://www.austintexas.org/events/
Workstyle Of Austin
You might question whether or not you’re in Silicon Valley when you see the number of tech companies that call Austin home. Facebook, Google, Apple and more all have offices in Austin, and the city unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country.
Tesla is another recent big company to name Texas’s capital its new home in recent years that highlights how substantial of a draw Austin is for the future faces of global progress. In the time that it’s taken me to type this, little Elon’s from around the country have undoubtedly picked Austin as home.
Why Move Here Now?
One of the reasons people and companies flock to Texas, and Austin in particular, is that Texas taxes are just way below other states (we see you Cali). Whether you’re working remotely or just looking for a job, Austin is both socially sensible and economically strong.