Located in Central Texas, Austin is the state capital and boasts over 820,000 residents in the city limits, and over 1.7 million in the metropolitan area. Austinites are a unique mix of technology gurus, artists, musicians, politicians, students, immigrants, professors and just about every social group one can think of.
Named after Stephen F. Austin - the father of Texas - this city is home to many Fortune 500 companies including Dell and Whole Foods, with offices for Google, PayPal, Applied Materials, AMD, Blizzard, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.
Austin's unofficial slogan - "Keep Austin Weird" - has lead to some spin-off slogans in the suburbs: "Keep Round Rock Mildly Unusual" and "Keep Georgetown Beautiful." More than a marketing campaign, though, "Keep Austin Weird" really does encompass the dynamics of Austin.
Austin’s population continues to increase in size, because of an affordable cost of living. Many units have been built, meaning that all newcomers that arrive have the chance to buy a new home. With the number of housing developments that are currently being built, the metropolitan area is just starting to see an increase in residential pricing.
Known as the "Live Music Capitol," Austin is a city with a popular and expansive nightlife. Combined with the technology corporations, it's no wonder Austin is a good town for young, hip, mobile, trendy professionals.
Average Commute Time: 22.6**
Median Household Income: $50,326**
* 2011 Census