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weather & climate
Austin experiences hot sunny summers and mild winters. Summer is the most humid time of year, and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. However, winter is typically the wettest season in Austin.
austin at a glance
The cost of living in Austin is typically higher than state and national norms, with higher prices closer to Central Austin. However, the median household income in Austin is higher than the national average, at $55,216 per year compared with $53,482. The unemployment rate of 5.1% is also lower than the nationwide average.
Austin offers many employment opportunities. Significant sectors include science and technology, education, retail, health care, and hospitality. Austin’s major employers include:
– Dell Technologies
– IBM Corp.
– Austin Independent School District
– Round Rock Independent School District
– University of Texas at Austin
– City of Austin
– St. David’s HealthCare Partnership
– Ascension Seton
– State of Texas
Austin’s commuters have an average travel time of 24.1 minutes, which is lower than the U.S. average of 26.4 minutes. The city has good public transportation options and is ranked as one of the country’s best metro areas for commuting by public transit. Capital Metro has an extensive bus and metro network. Austin has a major international airport, Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, which is located near Bergstrom Village approximately 5 miles south of downtown. The city is also served by Austin Airport and Austin Municipal Airport.
Austin boasts many high-performing public and private high schools, including:
– Liberal Arts & Science Academy
– Westlake High School
– Westwood High IB World School
– Vandegrift High School
– Meridian World School
– Cedar Park High School
Regarding K-12 education, the city also has a good choice of top-performing elementary schools, including Doss, Kiker, Casis, Mills, Clayton, Bryker Woods, Gullett, Graham, Mathews, and Baranoff.
For further education, students can choose between a wide array of courses at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Southwestern University, St. Edwards University, Concordia University Texas, and other post-secondary institutions.
Locals can enjoy many recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities, and there are plenty of lively events throughout the year.
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where to live, have fun, and explore
Central Austin has more than 20 neighborhoods, each with its own characteristics and appeal. The surrounding areas of North, South, East, and West Austin are home to a number of neighborhoods, including ones that are child-friendly, youthful, ideal for seniors, or professionally minded. Some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods include:
The city’s most cosmopolitan location, Downtown Austin attracts people who love to live right in the thick of the action. Most housing is in high-end apartment blocks, and there are plentiful attractions and amenities at hand.
Sandwiched between areas filled with historic buildings and home to many cultural spots, SoCo is a sought-after destination for those who love living close to myriad restaurants, cool boutiques, and places to drink.
Close to parks and natural attractions, SoLa is just 5 minutes from the hive of activity in Downtown Austin. The trendy neighborhood boasts a wealth of eateries and appeals to people of all demographics.
East Austin is the area north of the river and east of I-35. It has several neighborhoods, including East End, East Congress, Holly, Central East Austin, and Govalle.
Conveniently bordering the downtown area, Clarkesville is a historic neighborhood with a high-class vibe. Parks, gorgeous landmarks, and abundant dining spots make this neighborhood a magnet for families and young professionals.
This is a family-friendly area with easy access to good schools. It’s home to pretty parks and within walking distance of shopping and dining. The versatile neighborhood attracts people of all ages and backgrounds, from students to seniors.
Filled with green spaces, Barton Hills offers natural allure and easy access to the great outdoors. It’s particularly popular with families, largely thanks to its access to quality schools and good safety rating.
Within easy reach of the University of Texas, Mueller is a planned community with single and family homes. The area’s appeal is bolstered by good transportation links and shopping opportunities.
Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood with a good safety rating and a strong sense of community. Most locals are families, students, and professionals who work at the nearby university.
An affluent area in South Austin, Travis Heights has many larger homes as well as a few apartments. People of all ages are drawn to this charming area.
things to do in austin, tx
Eeyore’s Birthday: This is usually held on the last Saturday of April in Pease District Park. The family-friendly celebration lasts all day and features music, costumes, food and drink, games, arts and crafts, and an array of vendors. All raised funds support local nonprofit organizations.
Marley Fest: Also known as Austin Reggae Festival, the gathering is usually held each April. It celebrates reggae music and features food and drink, arts, and plenty of Rastafarian-themed fun.
Kite Fest: Held in Zilker Park, the annual Kite Fast is free to attend. The main focus is kite-flying competitions, with colorful kites filling the skies. Visitors will also find many food vendors and craft stalls. Funds support local nonprofits.
South by Southwest (SXSW): Held in the middle of March each year, SXSW brings together music, technology, film, culture, and education for people of all ages.
Austin City Limits (ACL): This is a large music festival held over two 3-day weekends in the fall. Drawing thousands of revelers, the festival hosts more than 100 performers across multiple stages.
Blues on the Green: A series of free summer concerts in Zilker Parks, the lineup typically includes a mixture of well-known acts and up-and-coming performers.
Like many major cities, Austin has a strong sports scene. Soccer fans can support the Austin FC team which plays their MLS home games at the Q2 Stadium. Hockey lovers can watch the Texas Stars, part of the American Hockey League, play at Cedar Park. The University of Texas Longhorns play in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
Austin offers many ways to have fun after the sun goes down, with nightlife to suit diverse tastes. Popular night spots include Sixth Street, in particular Dirty Sixth, West Sixth, East Sixth, and Rainey Street. Rock Rose in Domain Northside is also buzzing after hours.
Moving to Austin offers many options for family fun. Kid-friendly activities and attractions include the large Zilker Park, which spans more than 350 acres and boasts many recreation options, the natural gem of Barton Springs, and the lush spaces within the scenic Barton Creek Greenbelt. Kite Fest is often popular with little ones, and there’s no need for younger members of the family to miss out at ACL thanks to Austin Kiddie Limits. Many of Austin’s famous breweries are also suitable for children, with play areas, meals, and dedicated family seating.
If you’re moving to Austin, TX, with furry friends you’ll find great places to enjoy with your beloved pets, including Zilker Park, Barton Creek Greenbelt, and the dog-friendly Barkin’ Springs. Many breweries also welcome dogs.
austin restaurants & breweries
Food and drink lovers will find an array of tempting restaurants and bars in Austin, with cuisine from across the globe and many imported flavors. Of course, living in Austin also provides easy access to top-quality breweries.
Austin, Texas is known for its progressive environmental standards, encompassing initiatives such as renewable energy promotion, waste reduction, and green building practices, reflecting the city’s commitment to sustainability and eco-consciousness.
austin moving & storage
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