No longer a hidden gem, Austin has become an international destination for businesses and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Central Texas and bordered by the scenic hill country to the west, Austin’s mild climate and relatively affordable cost-of-living appeal to many.
Austin is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the U.S., adding about 150 new residents each day in 2017, totaling nearly 55,000 newcomers in a single year. With predictions that the population is expected to double by 2040, we expect demand for housing to continue to strengthen.
While company expansions in Austin and the low employment rate are largely credited for the population boom, make no mistake Austin attracts many purely from a lifestyle perspective. With ample parks and green space, miles of hike and bike trails and beautiful Lady Bird Lake meandering through the middle of town, newcomers and tourists flock to the city. The creative culture, live music and sheer energy of downtown Austin is contagious. And the tacos. Don’t forget the tacos.
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Here are additional helpful resources if you decide to make the move:
Taxes – The Travis County Tax Office provides detailed information on property taxes, including a property tax estimator based on your home’s location.
Texas is a popular destination too, as there is no state income tax.
You can search appraised home values through the Property Search feature at the Travis County Appraisal District’s website.
Schools – The Austin area has a number of public, private and charter schools to meet your family’s educational needs. The Independence Title website offers a wealth of information on available options, including Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) accountability ratings and academic performance reports.
Daycares – The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is a good resource for locating licensed child care services in your new location. Type the address or zip code in your area of interest to locate child care options in that area. The site provides statistics on each facility, including inspection and compliance summaries.
Doctors & Hospitals – The Austin Relocation Guide website offers information on area hospitals.
You can also locate physicians and read reviews here.
Utilities – The Austin Relocation Guide has a listing of area utility providers.
Transportation & Mobility – The City of Austin and many private employers are committed to finding alternative means of travel to help relieve traffic congestion around the city. This link is a helpful resource in locating transportation options, including bus and commuter rail routes and ride share opportunities.
Other ride share options include RideAustin, Uber and Lyft.
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