If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, you might not be surprised to hear that the area is one of the best parts of the state to visit (and live). The Greater Austin area is one of the fastest-growing major metros in the country. In fact, Austin has been one of the fastest-growing cities for nine straight years, and it looks like 2020 will be another good year for Austin’s growth. And the Texas Hill Country… Well, what can we say? It’s often thought of as “the backyard playground” for Texans who enjoy having fun, experiencing nature, hanging out with friends, and spending time with family.
Why are people moving to Austin and surrounding neighborhoods in droves? The weather is great. The culture is second to none. There are more live music venues than you can visit in a year. And there’s plenty of room in the Texas Hill Country just outside Austin for urbanites to become suburbanites! Let’s take a look at some other reasons so many folks are relocating to Austin TX and its neighborhoods:
The Greater Austin area is one of the best places to live in the U. S.
You don’t have to take our word for it. US News and World Report has placed Austin in the #1 spot on its list of best places to live in America four years in a row. While Austin’s vibrant and dynamic job market draws many new residents, the gorgeous weather and unbeatable culture also make Austin a great place for retirees. In fact, Austin ranked #11 on US News and World Report‘s list of best places to retire.
The cost of living is lower in Austin.
If you’re thinking of moving to Austin from the coast, chances are you’re going to be paying a lot less and getting a lot more. In fact, the Economic Policy Institute calculates the cost of living for a single adult in Austin at just over $3,000 per month, and that money will buy you a lot more house or rent you a lot more apartment than it would on the coast. And if you and the family desire the suburban life, areas around Austin—such as the Texas Hill Country—may provide even more affordable options than Austin proper. The suburbs also offer an outstanding quality of life and abundant community spirit.
Household incomes are higher in Austin.
Not only is it cheaper to live in Austin, but families here also make more! Forbes estimates household income growth in Austin at 4.5%. That’s a whole lot higher than the national average, meaning you’ll be making more and paying less. How is that possible?
Tech jobs. Tech jobs. Tech jobs.
They’re not the whole reason for the higher income levels, but the region around Austin has become famous for its dynamic, high-paying tech jobs. Known as the “Silicon Hills,” the area is home to all kinds of high-tech firms, from startups to established tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, eBay, Google, IBM, PayPal, and many more. Plus, Tesla is building its next Gigafactory right near Austin!
You won’t find a more friendly business environment.
What draws all these tech firms to the “Silicon Hills” around Austin? For one thing, Texas has the 46th lowest tax burden among all 50 states according to the Tax Foundation. With no income tax and state and local taxes that are more than 15% lower than the national average, you’re not likely to find a place that’s more business-friendly – or friendlier on your pocketbook – than the Austin area.
It has a wine-growing region that spans 15,000 square miles.
That’s nine million acres, by the way. It’s why the Travel Channel has said, “Every wine connoisseur’s bucket list should include a trip to the Texas Hill Country.” Those nine million acres are home to dozens of unique local wineries that are as beautiful to look at as their wines are delicious.
You’ll find affordable housing for you and the family.
We said that it’s affordable to live in the area around Austin. What does that mean to you and your family? It means you’ll find affordable housing in places like North Austin and suburbs like Georgetown without having to sacrifice space, quality, or beauty. Here at Santa Rita Ranch, we offer new homes from premier builders starting in the $200s – complete with top-notch amenities, breathtaking views, and A+ schools to boot! If you’re looking to relocate to the Austin area, click here to view some of our new homes for sale.
People are happy here in Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
With all that Austin, TX has going for it, you might expect people here to be happy, but there’s also verifiable proof: WalletHub ranked Austin as the 22nd happiest place in America! Given how many places there are in America, we think that’s pretty good! Plus, the natural beauty outside of Austin is incredible! You’ll find breathtaking views of rolling and rugged hills, natural springs and rivers, towering shade trees, and abundant seasonal flowers throughout the Texas Hill Country. How could you not be happy from sunrise to sunset each day?
And there’s greatness to be found in the Greater Austin area.
Austin has been called a “City on the Edge of Greatness,” but we think there’s already plenty of greatness here, from great food and great live music to great people and great scenery.
Those are just some of the reasons people are moving to Austin. If you’re considering relocating to the Austin area, we’d love to see you at Santa Rita Ranch. We’re right outside Austin, just northwest of the city off U. S. Route 183. It’s a perfect location for families who love the tranquility of suburban life, but who still want to be close to Austin. At Santa Rita Ranch, we’re always happy to welcome new neighbors to the Texas Hill Country!
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