“Keep Austin Weird.”  It’s a slogan often heard around this city in an effort to keep the small town feel, even though the city is growing at a rapid pace.  With a population over 850,000, the sleepy college town of a few decades ago has been transformed.  With a strong, diverse economy, Austin continues to attract new residents from around the United States.

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As the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County, Austin has seen its share of growth and change. After becoming the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839, the city initially began to flourish with the building of the Texas State Capital and the University of Texas at Austin. But it wasn’t until the 1980s, when Austin started to secure its name in the tech and business world that the population boom really started. Today, hundreds of companies have a significant presence in Austin, among them, globally recognized names such as: Whole Foods, Google, Apple, eBay, IBM, and Texas Instruments.

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, and for good reason. The town is home to award-winning musicians such as Willie Nelson, Explosions in the Sky, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and it has more music venues per capita than any other city in the United States. For fans of classical music, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, and Austin Opera all keep their calendars full with concerts – and that doesn’t include all of the independent groups that perform music for free throughout town.

The city’s festivals (both musical and otherwise) are cultural hubs that bring in artists, vendors, designers, and inventors from around the world. South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Austin Film Festival, turn the city on its head each year, but in the best way possible – where else will you find a festival purely devoted to bacon lovers?

Fans of motor racing will be excited to visit the Circuit of the Americas, which will host an array of races until 2021. Past events and recurring events include: Formula One United States Grand Prix, Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas, Tudor United SportsCar Championship, and Rolex Sports Car Series.

Austin has also recently gained fame for being one of the greenest cities in America. Any form of sport is not only available, but also celebrated here, whether it be hiking, cycling, disc golf, bouldering, kayaking… you name it, we’ve got it. Lady Bird Lake, located downtown, is a great place to go for a stroll or bike ride (we recommend early Sunday mornings), and the lake itself has numerous options for water sports, from canoeing to paddle boarding. If you are a fan of swimming, Deep Eddy and Barton Springs are outdoor pools, open year-round, that constantly range in temperature from 68F to 72F (and for the more outgoing, Hippie Hollow is the town’s only “clothing optional” swimming area – kept mostly out of sight on Lake Travis).

The city has no end in terms of cultural offerings. There are museums (Austin Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum), there are theaters (Long Center, Paramount Theatre, Bass Hall), there are parties and annual events (O. Henry Pun-Off, Eeyore’s Birthday Party, Carnaval Brasileiro, Trail of Lights), there are sports (UT Austin’s Texas Longhorns, along with a plethora of minor-league teams), there are universities (UT Austin, Austin Community College, St. Edward’s University, Concordia, Seminary of the Southwest, Art Institute of Austin), there are restaurants (food trucks, upscale sushi, juice bars, the best barbecue in the world), and there are 1.5 million Mexican Free-tailed bats that fly out from under Congress Avenue Bridge each evening at sunset between April and October.

If all that weren’t enough, Austin has been ranked as the #1 city for jobs (in 2012), is #14 on Forbes’ list of “Best Places for Business and Careers”, holds the #2 spot in its category for “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine, was voted the #2 safest major city in the United States (by the FBI in 2012), and is the #1 city with the best people by Travel & Leisure magazine. Even without these accolades, a short stay in Austin is enough to prove that this is the place to be, whether it be to start a family, start a business, start your education, or start your retirement.

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