I've been contemplating moving back to Texas recently due to the truly dismal job market, astronomical taxes and impossible cost of living in California. I calculated that if I live to be 200, I might be able to afford a studio apartment in Marin one day, or I could just move to Austin and do it tomorrow. Despite being in the capital of Texas, Austin has more in common with Seattle than its neighbors like San Antonio and Houston. It's like a version of San Francisco with decent weather, a functioning … more
After living in Austin for almost four months, I can say without hesitation that I'm hooked, and I'll be here for a while. The city offers an eclectic mix of lifestyles and activities particularly refreshing to a transplanted Midwesterner like me. The unofficial slogan/mantra here is to "Keep Austin Weird," encouraging Austinites to celebrate their differences and support the small business community. I've discovered that weird is good. A growing technology … more
I have lived here since 1989 and I love this city. It really caters to the young and the young at heart! People are super-friendly and everyone likes to have fun in this city. There are tons of cool restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, cafes, parks, trails, swimming holes, lakes and oh yeah... we also have the state capitol here and the University of Texas! We are not only the capital of Texas, but we are also the festival capital of the world I do believe!! The two big festivals of course are SXSW … more
I'm 26, and in a happily committed relationship with my boyfriend of almost 3.5 years, CJ. He is wonderfully supportive, and looks past my flaws. We live in Austin, which is amazing. … more
About this city
Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 15th-largest in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. According to the 2009 U.S. Census estimate, Austin had a population of 757,688. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area, with a population of 1.7 million as of the July 2008 U.S. Census estimate, making it the 36th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
The area was settled in the 1830s on the banks of the Colorado River by pioneers who named the village Waterloo. In 1839, Waterloo was chosen to become the capital of the newly independent Republic of Texas. The city was renamed after Stephen F. Austin, known as the father of Texas. The city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas. After a lull in growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its development into a major city and emerged as a center for technology and business. Today, Austin is home to many companies, high-tech and otherwise, including the headquarters of three Fortune 500 corporations, Dell, Whole Foods Market, and Freescale Semiconductor.
Austin was selected as the No. 2 Best Big City in "Best ...