Austin Area Facts
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Austin is nestled among the rolling hills and lakes of Central Texas, the seat of state government, an educational Mecca with several area universities and an entertainment complex that includes the best of live music, the arts and all the fun of the great outdoors. Complete information and details from the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Downtown Austin from Auditorium Shores City Park
Arts and Entertainment
Austin has its own professional symphony, ballet and opera companies, dozens of theaters, dance companies, vocal ensembles, orchestras, and more informal music venues producing events year-round. Art museums, galleries galore and beautiful gardens replete with sculptures.
Austin’s weather has attracted so many to this attractive part of Texas, where the skies are always blue, the breeze is always fresh and cool, and the sun beams prettily from on high. OK, it can get hot and humid in the summer with our tropical climate, but Central Texas is renowned for the maxim: “Don’t like the weather? Just wait ten minutes!”
Austin Botanical Gardens
Cost of Living
If you’re planning to relocate to Austin, you’ll want to know how far your paycheck will stretch once you’re here. Costs in Austin go lightly on the bottom line.
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 into this buzzing hive of learning.
Austin is the Capitol of Texas
Austin’s expanding health care system now rivals that of any major metropolitan area. Besides 11 major hospitals and one children’s hospital, there are numerous out-patient clinics, emergency medical facilities and all manner of awareness programs.
Austin offers something for everyone, boasting a diverse range of neighborhoods within and around the city limits. Newcomers can locate housing options near every employment center in the Austin area. For a more complete list see the Chamber’s Newcomer Guide.
There is no excuse for sitting home bored in Austin. Opportunities for recreation abound.
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 such as the University of Texas Longhorns, Ice Bats Hockey, and the Round Rock Express.
Dell Diamond - Home of the Round Rock Express AAA Baseball Club.
Frequently asked questions about living and working in Austin.
Question: What is the projected growth of Greater austin?
Answer: Growth in the Greater Austin Region has been extraordinary --Metro Austin population reached 1.4 million in 2003. The 1990’s saw a 47 percent increase in population and growth has been averaging 3 percent annually since the 2000 census. Currently the population grown has increased its annual pace to 15% in the first quarter of 2007.
Question: What is the cost of living?
Composite Index: 96.1
Grocery Items: 91.9
Health Care: 101.9
Miscellaneous Goods and Services: 107.4
Question: Who are the major employers of Austin?
Austin Independent School District
City of Austin
Seton Healthcare Network
State of Texas
St. David's Healthcare Partnership
University of Texas at Austin
Advanced Micro Devices
Austin Community College
State Farm Insurance
Question: What is the unemployment rate?
Answer: The civilian labor force for Greater Austin averaged 771,569 for 2004. In 2005 the average was 805,825 and the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent. For more information, visit The Labor Market & Career Information Department (LMCI) of the Texas Workforce Commission at: www.tracer2.com.
Question: What is the climate like?
Answer: The climate is temperate, with 300 days of sunshine annually. Average temperatures range from 42 to 62 degrees in winter and 75 to 95 degrees in the summer. Average rainfall is 32.49 inches. Snowfall is rare. Get-up-tothe- minute weather forecast, for Greater Austin from these local television stations:
KTBC FOX 7,
K-EYE 42, or local cable weather.
Demographics - U.S. Census Bureau:
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