No matter how long they’ve been here most newcomers to Austin Texas say they wouldn’t live anywhere else but here – and for good reason. The state capital of Texas inspires fierce hometown dedication to its rolling terrain natural living liberal attitudes interesting people quality of life stellar educational opportunities and thriving business community – among other qualities.

The combination has attracted the attention of many newcomers who relocate to Austin from all over the country and internationally – and plenty of accolades from multiple sources. Consider that Austin Texas ranked fourth on the Milken Institute’s list of best-performing metro areas (2011); that Austin Texas is the second-best place to find a job (Ajilon Professional Staffing 2011); and that Forbes recognized Austin as the number one city for economic growth (Forbes 2012).

The city also regularly leads “best of” lists for places where your dollar goes farthest – which include such critical factors as affordable housing gas prices inflation and job market. The bottom line is that Austin Texas has a lot to offer – and that has inspired a passionate dedication in those who live here especially when it comes to community service and making Austin an even better place to live and work.

Austin’s Unique Mix of Art and Technology

Austin metro residents – and newcomers – have discovered a surprising combination that’s like no other city in the state. Austin is a heady mix of technology education government music film and the arts – and it’s the kind of mix that’s hard to ignore.

Think authentic Tex-Mex and barbeque to elegant four-star restaurants and nationally-known chefs; two-stepping and country music to jazz modern and alternative rock; Longhorns and cowboy hats to shaved heads and tattoos; and a drag queen affectionately known as Leslie who once ran for mayor – and whose recent passing sparked an outpouring of sympathy and a hometown parade in his honor. With its friendliness laid-back attitude and “anything goes” attitude Austin is heavy on appeal.