Where to live in Austin TX really depends on who you are and what you’re looking for. Are you a sports fan, a tech nerd, an entrepreneur, or a health nut? Are you a student, a young professional, a foodie, or a music fiend? Are you living with friends or raising a family? Whatever your situation may be, there is a place for you inAustin.
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Where to live in Austin TX is a difficult question because the city as a whole has so much to offer. Overall, Austin is known for open minded, down-to-earth, very welcoming people. This coupled with the low cost of living (no state income tax) and beautiful weather has made Austin one of the fastest growing cities in the US.
Cost of living is great here. Texas doesn’t have any state income tax but the property taxes are pretty considerable, usually hovering right around 2.4%. You can find a beautiful house in Pflugerville for around $200K or a nice home about 5 minutes from downtown in Hyde Parkor SoCo area for $500K. Purchase and lease prices span the gamut, depending on what you’re looking for. Be sure to check out the Best Bang For Your Buck articles.
On top of that, Austin is in the top 10 for healthiest cities in the US according to The American College of Sports Medicine’s 2012 American Fitness Index. This is due to its highly active lifestyle and healthy restaurants. Be sure to check out Koriente, Counter Culture, Mr. Natural, and Whole Foods. You can read more about these restaurants in the Health Nuts article.
What about the lifestyle? Austin is very athletic and big into sports. Football, basketball, biking, hiking, volleyball, kayaking, jogging, ultimate frisbee, anything under the sun, Austin’s got it. According to Bicycling.com, Austin is number 11 for most bike friendly cities in the US. This coupled with the Greenbelt hiking trails, Zilker Park, and Lady bird Lake make it one of the most active cities in the country. Be sure to check out the Where To Live In Austin TX or Athletes article.
Let’s switch gears from the healthy stuff and talk about nightlife. Austin has some of the cheapest drink specials out there, from $2/beer during weekdays and $3/beer during the weekend in some spots. 6th street is quite the spectacle and in my opinion it’s way more fun that LA or NY for MUCH less money. You can read more about this in the Night Owls article.
You can have tons of different things to do in a city but what truly makes or breaks the city is the people. After having traveled to 35 of the 50 states, I can say that Austin has some of the nicest people in the US. For other travelers out there, the “friendliness factor” is similar to Portland, OR, Nashville, TN, or Fort Collins, CO. When I first moved here, people always helped me find my way when I was lost and even gave me recommendations on where to eat, where to hang out, best places to hike, bike, etc. I’m not saying there isn’t crime out here – You should be sure to take caution in any large city but the norm is people willing to lend a helping hand.