Austin, TX
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Living in Austin


Austin is a very large city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 964,254 people and 202 constituent neighborhoods, Austin is the fourth largest community in Texas.

Austin real estate is some of the most expensive in Texas, although Austin house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Austin is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.30% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Austin is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Austin who work in management occupations (12.29%), sales jobs (10.88%), and office and administrative support (10.07%).

Also of interest is that Austin has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Austin is also a city of artists. Austin has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Austin’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.11% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Austin, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Austin is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Austin a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Austin is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One important feature of Austin is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.60% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Austin anyway. So, if you like to drive, Austin is the city for you! The landscape around Austin reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

Austin, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Austin are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

If knowledge is power, Austin is a pretty powerful place. 50.41% of the adults in Austin have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Austin in 2010 was $40,391, which is wealthy relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $161,564 for a family of four. However, Austin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Austin is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Austin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Austin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Austin also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.26% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Austin include German, Irish, English, European, and Italian.

In addition, Austin has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.55%).

The most common language spoken in Austin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.