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With a slogan like “Keep Austin Weird”, it’s easy to see right away that Austin is not your typical city. Enjoying its status as both the Texas state capital and a college town since the 1800s, Austin remains popular among young professionals, students and millennials. Many transplants arrive each year from California and other higher cost of living areas, hoping for greener pastures in Austin.

Located smack dab in the middle of Texas Hill Country, Austin consistently lands a top spot on lists of the best cities to live in the United States. Austin is known throughout the nation for its thriving live music scene, popular music festivals such as SXSW, and its many delicious Tex-Mex and BBQ eateries.

Austin, Texas is a city that lives outdoors. From hidden swimming holes and massive state parks to the outdoor patios and rooftop bars of Austin’s many culinary destinations, the area at times feels like one large playground. With dozens of parks and recreational areas to explore, why even go indoors? Warm weather persists for much of the year; making camping, hiking and swimming popular weekend activities year-round.

Austin’s cost of living is higher than other metro areas in Texas - but lower than most other major U.S. cities - and offers comparably higher wages as well. Nicknamed “Silicon Hills” since the 1990s due to its busting tech industry, Austin boasts a strong local job market for both seasoned professionals and recent graduates. 

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