Ask an Austin native how they feel about the city’s booming population and they probably aren’t entirely happy about it. While some are wary of newcomers, I’m thrilled I landed here and I will always brag about my adopted city. I’m not the only person moving here, Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in America.
Austin exudes both a big city and a small town vibe. Its speckled with a few high-rises, yet has pockets of vibrant neighborhoods, each their own. From the hipster East Austin to the funky South Austin, there’s a little spot for everyone.
Boredom is never a problem. Each night of the week, Austin boasts anything from art to music to outdoor activities, since we have about 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s hard to be stuck inside. Rent a paddle board on the Greenbelt or rent a boat on Lake Travis with friends. Honestly, how could you not fall in love with this place? In the past few years, Austin has made appearances in many top cities list. From one of the best cities for recent grads to one of America’s best cities for beer lovers, Austin really does have it all. Not convinced yet? Keep reading.
Also known as the Silicon Hills or the “new California”, startups, especially in the tech industry, are choosing to call Austin home. It’s full of amazing, innovative people doing awesome things. It’s not only for new business either, big name companies like Dell, Google, AT&T, and IBM have all found homes here too. To add, Texas has a 5.1% unemployment rate compared to California which 7.4% unemployment rate.
Tacos, Tacos, Tacos
Okay, we don’t only have tacos, but in case you were wondering, Tex-Mex and margaritas are aplenty. But you’ll learn quickly that anything can be made into a taco if you live in Austin long enough. You’ll also notice food trucks all over the city, serving you anything from donut burgers to barbecue. It’s exactly what you’re thinking: foodie heaven.
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Home to big festivals like Austin City Limits and SXSW, there’s other music festivals too, like funfunfun fest and Urban Music Festival. Hell, you’ll find live music upon arrival to the Austin airport, not in addition to live music in Austin you’ll hear every night in this city. We’re not dubbed the live music capital of the U.S. for kicks. Austin offers everything from country to latin DJs to even some speakeasies. The music scene goes all across the board, where else can you find a music scene like ours? (Touché, Nashville and New Orleans, you beat us, but only by a little.)
Wanna Get Dirty?
I mean, wanna go to Dirty Sixth? “Dirty” is one part of historic Sixth Street located in Downtown Austin. It’s the rowdiest, raunchiest of Austin nightlife that you may find yourself in, partly because of the dollar shots and partly, well you’ll have to find out for yourself.
No worries, there’s tons of other places to go like Rainey Street, which consist of old bungalows turned bars. The perfect place for Sunday Funday or a hot summer night. Basically, what I’m saying is it’s pretty easy to get sucked into the amazing nightlife in Austin.
Embrace Your Weird
There’s one phrase you’ll see everywhere: “Keep Austin weird.” You can be whoever you want and dress however you want to dress. That’s the magic of Austin. People are drawn to the casual laid-back lifestyle. It’s one of those rare places where people are genuinely nice, making it even easier for newbies who don’t know anyone.
Don’t let the idea of moving to Texas scare you. Austin is one of the most open-minded, liberal cities in the U.S. despite its locale in conservative Texas. Oh yeah, and it’s totally legal to go topless in Austin, just head over to Texas’ only nude beach, Hippie Hollow.
If you’re about sunshine, good people, even better food, and perhaps a little bit of partying, it’s time you took a flight down to the South to experience Austin for yourself. By the time your visit is over, you’ll be ready to pack your bags and move to Austin. It’s everything you’re imagining.