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Getting to Know Austin

Not many cities can compete with Austin. It consistently ranks at the top of various "best of" or "best city" lists. Austinites also live by the slogan, "Keep Austin Weird'' as a way to promote its weird character and small, unique businesses. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, music lover or dedicated foodie, Austin offers something for everyone. You can spend the cooler parts of the year biking, walking or jogging the city's trails and paths, including the Greenbelt and Lady Bird Lake. On your lunch break in downtown, you can pop over to one of the unique food trucks to grab a bite, and then hit one of the microbreweries for happy hour after work.  

Arts & Culture in Austin

Austin is the live music capital of the country. It has more than 100 live music venues scattered around town, but 6th Street is the music hotspot. There are many music festivals throughout the year, which we'll talk more about later. You can also get your fill of music, theater and art shows at the University of Texas Performing Arts Center. Want to know more about the city? Take a 30-minute tour through the Texas State Capitol building, a National Historic Landmark and brilliant example of Renaissance Revival architecture.

Austin Apartments and Neighborhoods

Whether you're a young professional looking for an apartment in the walkable downtown or working parents seeking a family-friendly place to live in a quiet tree-lined community, Austin offers a wealth of rental options.

  • East Austin is generally a hip neighborhood with a strong liberal youth culture. If you like Mexican food, food trucks and a booming farmer's market, this area more than delivers on that 
  • The East Riverside neighborhood is a bustling center of outdoor recreation, tasty eateries, concerts and sporting events. When you aren't out on Lady Bird Lake, grab some grub at Chuy's, a renowned Tex-Mex joint, and then kick back with a concert at Auditorium Shores.
  • Garrison Park-South Austin area is the heart of the city's motto, "Keep Austin Weird." Historic homes, unique bars and outdoor activities beckon you while the school districts and great real estate prices keep you rooted.
  • Northwest Hills is one of the more affluent neighborhoods, great for families with kids and close to many of the tech companies in the northern part of the city. The schools there get great ratings, it's not far from downtown, and if you can get a place close to Lake Austin, you can even have a place to go and sit by the water. 
  • North Austin isn't the most popular neighborhood, but has some hidden gems. It's one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city, so check out its rental options if money is a concern. If you like international markets, there are many grocery stores with a focus on Hispanic and Asian food amidst the more typical options. It's also only about 15 minutes to downtown, so you don't have to feel stranded outside of the city 

Fun Things to Do in Austin: Festivals Abound!

  • Austin City Limits Music Festival: Join the thousands who pour into Zilker Park every October to hear live music of all genres. The renowned event also features an art market, food and drink vendors, and a kid's area.
  • International Music Festival: All types of music is showcased at Austin's International Music Festival (IMFest) at George Washington Carver Museum. From local musicians to international artists, the festival is diverse and educational.
  • Austin Food & Wine Festival: Wine connoisseurs and foodies will find this downtown spring festival hits the mark with cooking demos, food and wine tastings, and live music.
  • Urban Music Festival: If you love jazz, gospel and R&B, don't miss this festival, a family friendly, two-day event held in March.
  • South by Southwest: This is the really big one, covering music, film, and technology. Every March, this festival takes over the city for about ten days, including a film festival, more than 2000 musical performances, and a trade show focusing on emerging technologies. 

Austin Adventures

Whether you're looking to get out on your own, exploring with the family or hanging with friends, check out these top picks for Austin adventures:

  • Barton Springs: Refresh yourself with a dip in Barton Springs, a spring-fed pool that stays a steady 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Outdoor Yoga: Take a yoga class on Lady Bird Lake, formerly known as Town Lake. This quiet lake is ideal for a morning stand-up paddleboard yoga class. Center yourself under theTexas sun before taking a calming walk on the trails surrounding the lake.
  • Football: Embrace the football spirit. You don't live in Austin without yelling, "Hook 'em Horns!" at least once every fall. When the days start getting cooler and the UT students start getting rowdy, you'll want to be a part of university festivities.
  • Farmers Market: Hosted by the Sustainable Food Center, the East Austin market is one of the largest in Texas. With more than 100 vendors, you can spend hours browsing vendors displaying fruits and vegetables, local cheeses, organic meats and homemade soaps.
  • Live Music: Head to Austin City Limits, an iconic venue that hosts more than 100 concerts every year and is home to the original Austin City Limits music series that airs on PBS.

Things to Do in Austin with Kids

Your kids can get up-close and personal with sea creatures at Austin Aquarium, where shark and stingray feeding is encouraged, learn about (and even hold) a snake, watch jellyfish glow, and learn about all sorts of other aquatic animals.

Standout School Districts

Austin boasts outstanding school districts, including those in the central neighborhood along Mopac Expressway, in Hyde Park, Northwest Hills and in West and South Austin.

Austin Outdoors

Austin is great for those who like the outdoors, offering a number of green spots for cycling, walking or picnicking. A favorite with locals is Zilker Park, where folks gather to play with their dogs, fly kites and boat. This dog-friendly city offers 15 off-leash dog parks for you and your four-legged companions to explore. Like cycling? There are numerous scenic bike trails, including those around Lady Bird Lake and Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. In summertime, escape the heat at the San Marcos River where you can enjoy a few hours of tubing down the river. 

Nightlife in Austin

Join your buddies for a beer bike pub crawl or your girlfriends for dancing in downtown Austin, where the microbreweries, rooftop bars, live-music venues, dance clubs and comedy shows combine to create a vibrant nightlife scene.

Easy Austin Getaways

For an exciting family road trip to the Gulf Coast, drive less than four hours to Galveston to visit the animals and brave the thrill rides at Moody Gardens. Port Aransas, also on the coast, is the ideal destination to sunbathe, fish or spot wildlife, including dolphins and alligators. Just west of Austin is the Texas Hill Country, where a number of bed and breakfast inns, barbeque restaurants and outdoor activities can be found in abundance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Austin

What is Austin most known for?

Is Austin a growing city?

According to 2018 U.S. Census data, the Austin-Round Rock area grew by 2.5 percent% in the last year, making it one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country.

Why is Austin considered the live music capital of the world?

What does "Keep Austin Weird" mean?

Is Austin a safe city to live in?

Austin came in slightly below average in WalletHub's most recent report on safest cities in America. It has a low ranking for Home and Community Safety, but is well above average in financial security.

Does Austin have good schools?

The Austin school system is considered a good one, scoring better than most metro areas of a similar size. It has 17 high schools that made U.S. News and World Report's Best High School rankings , and is home to six universities, including the well-regarded University of Texas.

What is Austin like for families?

Austin is a good city for raising a family, ranked 24 out of 182 in the country by WalletHub. It's exceptional in education, child care and affordability, making it a great place to live for parents with young children.

What are some fun things to do in Austin?

In case you haven't heard, Austin is the live music capital of the world. And true to the adage, you'll never run out of live music in Austin. If that's not your thing, there's also an incredible range of trendy bars and restaurants, especially when it comes to barbecue and Tex-Mex. Austin is home to Barton Springs, a natural spring-fed swimming pool in Zilker Park offering a cool escape from the city's notoriously hot summers. For sports fans, Austin hosts the Texas Longhorns, one of the country's most prestigious collegiate sports programs. There is also a Formula One racetrack and, starting in 2021, a Major League Soccer team. For fun things to do downtown, you can tour the Texas state capitol building, have a cocktail on 6th Street or head to the South Congress Bridge to watch over a million bats emerge at twilight.

How expensive is it in Austin?

The cost of living in Austin is just barely below the national average, costing 1.6 percent less to live there, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index .

What is the average cost of rent in Austin?

The average rent for a studio apartment is $1,160 a month, up 6.4 percent from 2018. For a one-bedroom, it's $1,307 a month, down 0.5 percent from 2018. A two-bedroom apartment will run you $1,662 a month, down 1.4 percent from 2018.

How much do utilities cost in Austin?

According to the Council for Community and Economic Research , the average energy cost (electricity and other sources) in Austin is $178 a month. Expect this number to vary a lot by season, as summers in Austin are quite hot.

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in Austin?

Despite the influx of people to Austin, rents haven't gone up sky high like many other cities with similar growth. There are 10 neighborhoods with an average rent under $900 a month for a one-bedroom apartment ( Westgate , University Hills , Georgian Acres , St. Johns , North Austin , North Lamar , Montopolis , Laurel Oaks , Lamplight Village , and Garrison Park ), so there are many affordable options in the city.

What do I need to know about moving to Austin?

Do I need a car to live in Austin?

Probably, unless you live downtown or near the University of Texas campus. There's some public transit and it's more bikeable than many big cities, but it's not enough to not need a car for most things.

What's the weather like in Austin?

Austin sits right at the edge of a desert to the west and green, humid forest regions to the east, causing the climate to have some of each. Winters tend to be pretty mild with an occasional freeze. Summer is very long and very hot (almost a third of the year stays above 90 degrees), while spring and fall tend to be warm but without much humidity.

Average Rent in Austin

Studio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed
Dec 19$1,099$1,277$1,432$1,741
Oct 199971,3071,5101,833
Sep 191,0071,2931,4751,650
Aug 191,0201,2881,4731,790
Jul 191,0081,2921,5041,845
Jun 199971,2621,5071,778
May 199821,2461,4972,075
Apr 199901,2721,4992,077
Mar 191,1301,2891,4962,071
Feb 191,1201,2871,5222,127
*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

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