Central Texas is a metropolitan region of 1.4 million people with an amazing mix of commerce and creativity that’s unlike any other in the country.
It consistently ranks at the top of lists for “best place to live,” “best place to work” and “best place to relocate” year after year.
With its many area universities and colleges, its award-winning public and private schools and its penchant for churning out some of the smartest people on the planet, Austin might seem a little daunting when it comes to figuring out where you or your children are going to fit in. We make it easy for you. Read about the different Austin area school districts.
AUSTIN TX. was ranked 6th most educated city in the U.S metro area. The latest U.S. Census found that nearly 40% of Austin area residents age 25 and over hold a bachelor’s degree, well over the national average of 27.5%. The University of Texas and seven other public and private universities and colleges in the metropolitan area boast a combined enrollment of over 127,000, providing an ample supply of well- educated workers to area employers.
Highly rated elementary & secondary schools contribute to both quality of life and the beginnings of exceptional labor pools to come. Austin area households enjoy diverse options in education, including 29 public school districts, 17 charter schools and 69 private schools. The University of Texas and seven other public and private universities and colleges with a combined enrollment of over 118,000 provide an ample supply of well-educated workers to area employers.Within 200 miles of Austin, an additional 67 four-year colleges and universities enroll over 360,000 students. Nearly 40% of Austin area residents age 25 and over hold a bachelor's degree.
Austin is a creative community filled with designers, painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, musicians and artists of all kinds. Austin has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Today, our city hosts nearly 200 venues and is home to thousands of musicians. Which means you can catch a show any day of the week, at almost any time.
In addition to the venues, Austin hosts many nationally recognized annual events including the three day ACL fest in Zilker Park featuring eight stages and 130 bands and South by Southwest which showcases the best in independent film, music and interactive from around the world.
Austin has its own professional symphony, ballet and opera companies, dozens of theaters, dance companies, vocal ensembles & orchestras producing events year-round. Art museums, galleries galore and beautiful gardens replete with sculptures.
Thanks to incomparable cuisine, diverse local artists, and eclectic shopping, Austin is known as one of the most unique destinations in the country.
The Domain and its 304-acre, thoughtfully planned community is setting new standards in urban development. The Domain brings the best of Austin to one single, urban location and offers impeccable restaurants and luxury shops.
A big part of Austin's culture is the great outdoors. With Hill Country vistas outside the city and Lady Bird Lake in the center of town, Austin has miles of hike and bike trails, more than 200 parks and around 300 days of sunshine each year. We're host to the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon, with more than 11,000 participating runners from around the country.
Many Austinites enjoy playing a variety of sports, but others like to watch. The area has numerous opportunities to join the crowds as a spector of exciting local sporting events.The University of Texas and the Big 12 Conference offer collegiate sports with nationally ranked programs in football, basketball, baseball, swimming, track and field, volleyball and more.
The Texas Stars, a CHL professional hockey team, and AAA affiliate of the Dallas Stars, play at the Cedar Park Center.
And having opened in 2012, the "Circuit of the Americas" is expected to take in millions in revenues for the City of Austin as it brings in 100's of thousands of tourists to the Formula 1 Grand Prix races.
Quality of Life
Year after year the Austin area gets top marks for its quality of life. We’re an eclectic city that supports innovative industries, A-list film productions,budding entrepreneurs and important academic pursuits.We’re the country’s 15th largest city but still offer all the positive attributes of a smaller town,from low crime rates to affordable housing to outstanding schools. And it all happens within a setting of lush green hills, cool natural springs and hundreds of miles of hike and bike trails. The low cost of living is another advantage. The National Association of Home Builders reports that the median home price in Austin was $176,000 in 2009, while the national median was $180,000. Furthermore, Central Texans enjoy some of the lowest state and local taxes in the nation, ranking 47th among the 50 states in taxes paid per $1,000 of personal income. What better balance can a city offer than being both the 'Best Place for Business and Careers' and the 'Live Music Capital of the World'? Austin pleases all in rankings ranging from 'Best City for Relocating Families' to 'Best Cities for Singles'.
Downtown Austin - From our trendy little shops or food trailers on South Congress Ave., to the State Capital building, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. Whether or not you enjoy live music, taking a run along Lady Bird Lake, watching our bats come out in the evenings, to relaxing at Zilker Park, there is always something happening downtown. And as I am sure you have heard, Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World".
There are always plenty of events to keep you entertained year round as well, such as Austin City Limits Festival (ACL Fest), Old Pecan St. Festival on 6th St., plenty of 5K runs, or just simply having a great meal at a restaurant. You can also walk or pedal over to Whole Foods for your grocery shopping, or take a swim in Barton Springs.
Central Austin - Central Austin is seeing a revitalization in its housing market, with several loft renovations and the introduction of new housing to historical structures such as the Brown Building. You can find apartment and condominium developments near the Central Business District, the Capitol Complex and the entertainment district, or you can choose to live in the historic communities that surround the University of Texas, where Victorian and craftsman-style homes are available.
East Austin - Diversity among the neighborhoods east of I-35 includes groundbreaking master-planned communities, neighborhoods that sprang up in the first half of the century and homes that reflect Austin's Victorian roots.
West Austin - West of downtown towards Lake Travis, neighborhoods range from student rentals, and tastefully updated homes to some of the area's most exclusive luxury and estate homes.
North Austin - Close-in North Austin neighborhoods offer optimal access to the city's north industrial market at an affordable price. Many of the city's new apartment complexes are located in the North Austin area.
Northwest Austin - One of Austin's fastest-growing sectors, drawing services like Seton Northwest Hospital, as well as considerable retail attention.
Lake Travis - As Austin's first and one of its most elegant master-planned communities, Lake Travis offers residents superior access to lake recreation and numerous golf courses.
South Austin - Quirky and a little eccentric, South Austin features the eclectic SOCO shopping district (check out First Thursdays), older close-in neighborhoods like Travis Heights and Zilker as well as the 4,000-acre master-planned community of Circle C Ranch.
Southwest Austin -Southwest Austin offers extraordinary natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the challenges of strict environmental ordinances.
Austin is defined by stunning growth, lower business and living costs and a well educated youthful population. Austin possesses an infrastructure that is ready to support local businesses. We have the telecommunication, transportation, electric and water capacities to support major industry and offer a favorable tax environment for business. Major employers include Samsung, DELL Computers, National Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor, Internal Revenue Service, Universtiy of Texas, The City of Austin, Advanced Micro devices, Google, Whole Foods market, Sun Microsystems.
Austin hosts a highly educated, bilingual, multi-tiered workforce, a robust technology and transportation infrastructure and a passion for success. Our population offers skill sets that range from high-end technology design, development and marketing to back-office operations that help customers with everything from banking services to video game advice.