and the Austin city demographer’s office
anticipates the population inside city limits
to reach 1 million by 2025. For the five-county Austin-Round Rock MSA – which
covers 4, 279 square miles and includes
Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, and
Bastrop counties – they expect to reach 3
million by 2030 and 4 million by 2045.
No matter how long they’ve been here, most
people who live in Austin say they wouldn’t
live anywhere else – 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.
The combination has attracted the attention
of those relocating from all over the country
and internationally – and plenty of acco-
lades from diverse sources in recent years.
For instance, in 2013, Austin ranked first on
the Milken Institute’s list of best-performing
metro areas, up from second place in 2012.
Forbes consistently highlights Austin’s remark-
able growth, naming it the “#1 City to Watch
in 2014,” the “Fastest Growing City for the
4th Year in a Row,” and second-place among
best U.S. cities for future job growth.
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
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 volunteer efforts to make Austin
an even better place to live and work.
AUSTIN’S INTERESTING MIX
Austin residents – and visitors who want to be
residents – have discovered a surprising combination that’s like no other city in the state. The
city 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 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
AUSTIN’S ARTS SCENE:
MUSIC, FILM, TV AND CULTURE
The Austin area is the smaller of its
bigger siblings Dallas and Houston, but
there’s no doubt that it’s a vibrant center
of Texas life and culture. The arts are
thriving here, thanks in part to a long-standing creative community, a passion
for arts, music and everything creative,
and the draw and influence of the University of Texas.