Ready to Move to Austin?
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: Anything but flat
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.
With tens of thousands choosing to move to the Austin metro area each year and a population that just surpassed 2 million Austin is the fourth-largest city in Texas. The area only continues to grow with experts predicting an overall population of nearly 3.2 million in 2030 for the five-county Austin-Round Rock MSA – which covers 258.43 square miles and includes Travis Williamson Hays Caldwell and Bastrop counties.