Austin Culture & Personality.


Austin is home to headquarters and development centers for many technology corporations, earning the nickname “Silicon Hills” in the 1990s. The current official slogan promotes Austin as The Live Music Capital of the World, a reference to the many musicians and live music venues throughout the region.

One major event, South by Southwest (SXSW), is one of the largest music, film and interactive festivals in the world. More than 2,000 artists perform in over 90 venues around Downtown Austin over four days every March.

Austin is home to the University of Texas at Austin, the flagship institution of the University of Texas system. Keep Austin Weird is the slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance in 2002 under former mayor Will Wynn with a simple goal to nurture Austin’s creative class.

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Austin is voted the #1 Best Place to Live in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

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Forbes Ranks Austin.


In 2002, Forbes published its first editorial on the growth of Austin ranking “Austin as one the best places for small business and career growth”. The dot.com bust had effected Austin’s business landscape the year before, yet in a single article, Austin rebounded poised for growth.

By 2011, Austin ranked #1 as the fastest growing city and retained the title for the next four years. Forbes is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles.

In 2018, Forbes ranked Austin a leader in many categories. Austin ranked #4 in job growth, #8 in best places for business and careers, and #16 nationwide in education.

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Austin: By the Numbers.


IMAGINE AUSTIN

In 2009, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, city influencers and selected consultants collaborated for four years creating a twenty-year vision for Austin. They defined Austin as a beacon of sustainability, social equity, and economic opportunity; where diversity and creativity are celebrated; where community needs and values are recognized; where leadership comes from its citizens and where the necessities of life are accessible to all. They determined Austin’s greatest asset as its people: passionate about our city, committed to its improvement and determined to see this vision become a reality.

The Imagine Austin vision statement embodies a commitment to preserving the best of Austin and changing those things that need to be changed. The vision statement answers the question, “What sort of city do we want Austin to be?” These principles address the physical and social evolution of the city and the overall well-being of its residents.

Austin is…livable, natural, sustainable, creative, educated, mobile.

AUSTIN CITY STATS

Metro Population: 2,123,000
Major Industries: Technology, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology
Gross Metro Product: $134 B
Median Household Income: $73,493
Job Growth (2017): 3.2%
Cost of Living: 15% above the national avg
Net Migration (2017): 9,090
Projected Annual Job Growth: 2.6%
Household Income Growth: 4.4%
High-Tech Employment: 4.7%
Home Price Change: 4.6%

 

EDUCATION

High School Attainment: 90.6%
College Attainment: 44.8%
Graduate Degrees: 15.7%

 

QUALITY OF LIFE

Cost of Living: 15% above nat’l avg
Average Commute: 27 minutes
Crimes per 100,000 Residents: 2,651
Net Migration (2017): 9,090
Average Days Above 90ºF: 101 (nat’l avg: 37)
Average Days Below 32ºF: 23 (nat’l avg: 88)

 

Source: https://www.forbes.com/places/tx/austin/

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Austin is a one-of-a-kind place that’s not just unique to Texas but to the whole country. It defies stereotypes: It’s progressive and fiercely entrepreneurial, pro-business and pro-environment. Its easy going and hard working. The Austin area won’t just welcome your business – it will make it better. Austin consistently receives high marks for its business climate. In the past few years, Austin has  captured some big rankings. In 2016, Austin ranked as No. 5 on ranking of the Most Talented U.S. metros. In 2019, Austin ranked as the No. 3 Best-performing City in an annual assessment of Where America’s Jobs are Created & Sustained.

We are No. 3 on ranking of Markets Emerging as the Life Sciences Industry’s Next Hot Spots. Austin is No. 2 on Kauffman Index of Startup Activity (2017). Austin was ranked the Best State Capital to Live In by WalletHub in 2019. Austin was also ranked No. 1 Smart City in Texas based on smart city initiatives by AT&T. Austin is ranked No. 4 on ranking of the Best Cities for STEM Professionals. In 2018, Austin was ranked the Best Place in America for Starting a Business. Also in 2018, Austin was ranked the No. 1 College Town in America.

In 2019 WalletHub ranked Texas the 15th Most Innovative State on the State Innovation Index. Texas ranks 14th in Innovation Environment and 18th in Human Capital.

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Source: 2019: WalletHub’s Most Innovative States

  • 18th in share of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) professionals;​​
  • 14th in projected STEM job demand by 2020
  • 27th in eighth-grade math and science performance
  • 25th in share of science and engineering graduates aged 25 or older
  • 14th in share of technology companies
  • 31st in research and development spending per capita
  • 17th in venture-capital funding per capita

Austin has the 2nd fastest growing U.S. airport based on 63% growth in passenger numbers over the past decade. Austin has the 7th Fastest Growing Creative Sector in the U.S. and CNBC ranked Austin as America’s Best Place to Start a Business. Austin is in the top 10 of America’s Most Educated Cities and the best city for Tech Start-Ups. Austin is No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 14 globally in the 2018 ranking of the 110 best Millennial Cities. And the stats keep coming and growing.

Source: https://www.austinchamber.com/economic-development/business-climate/austin-in-the-news#2016

 

Austin Ranks #8: Hardest-Working Cities in the U.S.


Source: WalletHub

ENTERTAINMENT

Austin is also home to James Beard award-winning restaurants, eclectic music venues, a world-class race track and one-of-a-kind entertainment venues. Revving up for a full roster racing, Austin’s Circuit of the Americas turned heads as the first purpose-built Formula 1 Grand Prix facility in the United States. Race fans from around the globe gather each October in the state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track for some of the most prestigious racing events in the world, including Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, X Games and MotoGP.

Texas may not be the first destination that comes to mind for award-winning wineries. But, with more than 30 wineries within a short drive, the Austin area is the perfect place to uncork a bottle and soak up some breathtaking views. If you want to stay closer to town, Austin is filled with some wonderful wine bars and tasting rooms.

 

ARTS

Museums in Austin include the Texas Memorial Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art (reopened in 2006), the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum across the street (which opened in 2000), The Contemporary Austin, the Elisabet Ney Museum and the galleries at the Harry Ransom Center. The Texas State Capitol itself is also a major tourist attraction.

Austin is also home to a wonderful ballet, symphony, opera world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping experiences and beautiful outdoor spaces. What you hear is true. With vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own. We’re home to more than 250 music venues and a vibrant cultural arts scene. So take a look around and put Live Music Capital of the World on your play list.

 

LIVE MUSIC

First-time visitors might be surprised to find themselves being entertained with live music as they walk through the terminal at Austin’s airport after deplaning. But they shouldn’t be. Live music, and music in many other forms, is everywhere in Austin. Musicians play in everything from grocery stores to city council meetings. They play outdoors at the Blues on the Green series and at festivals: Austin City Limits and South by Southwest you’ve likely heard of, but there’s also Urban Music Festival, Sound on Sound Festival, the Pecan Street Festival and many more worth checking out.

Mostly, you’ll find Austin musicians at clubs, coffeehouses, bars, taquerias, auditoriums and concert halls – and with more than 250 live music venues, all you need to do is walk down the street to enjoy a live experience. Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World.® Austin has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. From blues to indie rock, country to jazz, rock en español and more, Austin’s nearly 200 live music venues mean you can catch a show any day, at almost any time.

 

PARKS

There’s a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling – Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. And with 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. Austin is home to diverse terrain and more than 251 parks, trails and green spaces, boasting activities for all types of nature lovers – from the leisurely to the adventurous. Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit organization devoted to connecting people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve parks in and around Austin. Since 1992, we have been committed to making Austin’s 300+ parks, trails and green spaces better for everyone.

 

LAKES

Perceived by many to be flat and dry, Central Texas is home to many major waterways. The Texas Highland Lakes are a chain of seven fresh water lakes man-made and formed by seven dams on the lower Colorado River. The Texas Colorado River winds southeast from West Texas to Matagorda Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Highland Lakes moving from downtown to our far west are named: Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, Lake Travis, Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ, Inks Lake and Lake Buchanan. The largest of the lakes are Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake. Take in Austin’s gorgeous scenery while relaxing on the lake. Spanning 63.75 miles, Lake Travis is a favorite attraction for locals and visitors alike. The views and the atmosphere can’t be beat.

EDUCATION

The U.S. Census of 2010 revealed the average education level in Austin was a Bachelor’s Degree plus. The culture of Austin is driven by the diversity of our people and education level. With numerous Universities, Colleges, nationally recognized Public Schools and nearly 100 Private Schools, Austin is the place to build an impressive work force for long-term stability and growth. It has a renowned community college that is one of the fastest growing technical schools in the nation. Education is a key driver on why people move here and once quickly. In 2018, Austin was once again ranked as one of the Most Educated Cities in America, coming in at #8 out of 150 ranked cities.

 

Austin Ranks #8: Highest Educated Cities in the U.S.


Source: WalletHub

TRANSPORTATION

BIKES

The Southern Walnut Creek Trail is Austin’s first Urban Trail. The trail is open for public use and is over 7 miles of concrete trail. There are several creek crossings and trail heads throughout the length of the trail. In 2004, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, an avid cyclist and member of the Congressional Bike Caucus personally obtained Committee approval for the trail. Additionally, Robin Stallings with BikeTexas helped fund the trail as part of the re-authorization of national transportation legislation.

Source: bikeaustin.org/2014/08/riding-the-southernwalnut-creek-trail

315 SQ. miles of bike paths

 

CARS

While it’s not imperative to own a car to live in Austin, it is important that you have access to a car to get around. Austin has neighborhoods that are easy to navigate by foot but don’t allow you to experience the sub culture of the east, south, north and west pockets of the city. Car2Go launched in 2010 as the first car share program and with a small membership fee, you can travel all over the city with the swipe a card. Your drive time from downtown to EIGHTFOLD Austin is a simple fifteen minutes.

15 minute drive from Downtown or the Airport

 

PLANES

Nearly 12 million passengers traveled through ABIA (Austin–Bergstrom International Airport) in 2015. This number is only expected to grow as Annual passenger total in 2015 increased by 11% from the previous record year of 2014. If major international travel is required, Dallas and Houston are major hubs and are only a 3-hour drive or 30 minute flight away. ABIA is expanding their flights and airlines rapidly. With the exploding population growth, these will change quickly.

150 daily departures to 48 destinations in the U.S. direct to Canada, Mexico, Germany and London

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Wineries

With 51 unique and visually stunning wineries scattered throughout the Hill Country, there’s someplace new to explore around every bend. Each place has its own personality, terroir, and style of winemaking, yet all share a commitment to quality and a fervent passion for what they do.

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Live Music Venues

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World.® Austin has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. From blues to indie rock, country to jazz, rock en español and more, Austin’s nearly 250 live music venues mean you can catch a show any day, at almost any time.

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Parks, Trails, & Green Spaces

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit organization devoted to connecting people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve parks in and around Austin. Since 1992, we have been committed to making Austin’s 300+ parks, trails and green spaces better for everyone.

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Square Miles of Bike Paths

In 2004, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, an avid cyclist and member of the Congressional Bike Caucus personally obtained Committee approval for the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, Austin’s first Urban Trail.