Why Austin is the Best Place to Live in Texas

It seems like everyone has been talking about moving to Austin, and many have. Local news station KXAN reported in April 2019 that over 100 people were moving to the Texas capital every single day. 

Here’s why so many believe it’s truly the best place to live in Texas.

The Job Market is Booming

As of February 2020, the unemployment rate in Austin was at just 2.6% and the city has been one of the top for job growth, ranked No. 6 in the Forbes’ annual report Best Big Cities for Jobs. Austin is sometimes called “Silicon Hills” because of the long list of technology companies, including Dell, Apple, Cisco, 3M, Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, eBay/PayPal among many others with operations here.

It’s a Green City With Lots of Opportunities for Getting Active

Austin also ranks high on many other lists. It’s one of America’s most bike-friendly cities and it was even named the most energy-efficient in the entire country and the greenest city in the state. There are some 220 parks and miles and miles of trails for walking, running, and biking, along with lakes for enjoying water sports and over 30 unique swimming holes. 

The Live Music Scene

Whether you’re looking for Austin musicians for hire, or to catch a great live show, the options here are practically endless. In his so-called “Live Music Capital of the World,” there is no shortage of fantastic music venues, from the historic bungalows on Rainey Street housing places like Icenhauer’s which hosts live music and dance parties on Sundays along with Antone’s, the Continental Club and the Broken Spoke, where you can enjoy country tunes and dance all night long.

The World-Famous BBQ

Austin’s is world-famous for its BBQ, although you’ll find a wide range of mouthwatering cuisine here, served at everything from food trucks to gourmet restaurants. When it comes to BBQ, Franklin Barbecue is the most renowned, drawing visitors from around the world along with the locals who are willing to wait in a long line just to indulge.  

A Thriving Brew Scene

Craft beer enthusiasts will have lots of options to choose from too. The latest figures reveal there are 37 breweries within the city limits alone, which is more than any other city in Texas. Enjoy everything from popular (512) Brewing Co. and Flying Many Brewing Company to Blue Owl Brewing.

The Festivals

Like attending festivals? The city also hosts an impressive list of festivals like South by Southwest/SXSW, the Austin Film Festival, the X Games, and Austin City Limits. 

University of Texas Football Games

For anyone who likes sports, this is also a great place to be. The University of Texas campus has a diverse student population, many of whom take their football quite seriously, enjoying the camaraderie that comes with attending a Longhorns football game. The locals start with tailgating as early as 7 a.m., wearing their burnt orange attire while preparing delicious foods on the grill and tossing footballs around before heading in to cheer on the home team.