Why Come to Austin?


Safe and Family Friendly


Austin is a great place to live, study, and raise a family. It is…

The #1 best city in the USA to live in, according to US News and World Report.

The #1 best city for young families, with good education for children, many family-friendly spots, and strong university rankings.

Amazing Business Opportunities

Austin has been voted:

The #1 economic “boom town” in the USA

–Forbes Magazine

The #1 best city in the world for the tech sector

–Savills World Research

The #1 city in the USA for small businesses

–American City Business Journals


Many “Fortune 500” companies have headquarters or major regional offices in the city including Apple, Facebook, Google, and IBM. Texas is special because it has NO STATE INCOME TAX, and the cost of living is considered very affordable. From large corporations to small startups, Austin is a great place to do business! Austin is “booming” and people who move here never want to leave!



Live Music and Outdoor Fun

Any day of the week you can find live music in Austin. The city is called the “Live Music Capital of the World” with over 200 live music locations throughout the city. The world famous music festivals called Austin City Limits (ACL – in October) and South by Southwest (SXSW – in March) bring people from all over the globe.

Austin is surrounded by hills and lakes and has miles of hike/bike trails and fabulous parks. The outdoor activities are endless. Popular attractions include Barton Springs, a natural spring with water at 20°C all year, and Hamilton Pool, a limestone grotto with a waterfall.

Diversity, Creativity, and Cultural Acceptance

Austin has many top universities and colleges, including the University of Texas with more than 200,000 students, many of whom are international. It is a city of many cultures and lifestyles, with a reputation for being open, liberal and accepting. You can “be yourself” in Austin and celebrate your own culture! The local catchphrase “Keep Austin Weird” means we enjoy uniqueness and diversity, and there are colorful murals like these all over the city.

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