Austin Movers and Moving Services
Founded in: 1839
Population: Approx. 1.7 million people
Ever wonder what it is that makes Austin, Texas, one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States?
With an expected population growth of 30% over the next ten years, Austin is quickly morphing from a hidden gem into a city treasured by both natives, and newcomers.
In 2006, Money Magazine voted Austin the 2nd best city to live in, within the United States, with Colorado Springs, Colorado, taking first.
The magazine's study was based on a variety of economic, educational, climatic, and cultural factors, as well as the city's crime rate, quality of life, and health-related factors.
While not all of the study's findings are still relevant today, many of the conclusions offer a glimpse as to why so many people choose to move to Austin.
One thing that can make living in Austin so pleasant is the fact that the average monthly temperature is 68 degrees, which means it's seldom freezing, or unbearably hot.
As an added plus, Austin's rainy season is relatively short-lived (in the springtime), which makes moving to the city convenient, any time of year.
But weather shouldn't be the only thing to consider, if you're relocating.
If you plan on working in a new city, you'll also want to check out its employment opportunities.
Austin is a growing capital for high-tech companies, biomedical research firms, and pharmaceutical corporations.
Among the largest employers in Austin are Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Applied Materials, IBM, 3M, eBay/PayPal, and Sun MicroSystems.
These companies' expansions and other cutting-edge ventures helped Austin earn Forbes Magazine's title of 3rd best city for jobs, in 2008, and be ranked among the top 10 cities for job relocation by the Human Capital Institute, in 2007.
It's interesting to note that about 39% of Austin residents have college degrees, which is drastically higher than the 27% national average.
This is not entirely surprising, however, as many students move to Austin for college, and choose to stay, afterwards.
Although there is no singular reason why this is, it may be because the average commuting time in Austin is only 20 minutes, in contrast with more congested cities, where traffic and poor public transportation can create interminable commutes.
Or, perhaps, it's because average housing costs in Austin are around $200,000, whereas pricing in other metro areas, can be significantly higher.
Clearly, the fact that Austin has fewer than 3,000 restaurants (as compared with Houston that has 11,000 eateries), has not hindered the city's popularity.
The city's lack of major league sports teams also does not seem to hamper its growth.
Instead, Austin residents participate in their own sports and leisure activities, taking advantage of one of the city's 50 pools, over 50 miles of scenic hiking trails, and over 50 golf courses that are located within 30 miles of city limits.
Finally, it's worthwhile to note some Austin movers and shakers who grew up in this notable city.
Lance Armstrong, Sandra Bullock, and Matthew McConaughey are just some of the city's most famous natives.
The only downside I could find about Austin is that the city's crime rate is significantly higher than the national average.
Still, there seem to be many benefits to moving here and many ways to enjoy this Texan city.
I wish you lots of success if you decide to move to Austin.