Austin is a very large city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 950,715 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 86.05% 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 (12.24%), office and administrative support (11.42%), and sales jobs (10.95%).
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: 7.41% 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.
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.
Austin is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.71% of adults in Austin have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Austin in 2010 was $35,672, which is wealthy relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $142,688 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 34.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Austin include English, Irish, European, and Italian.
Austin also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.16%.
The most common language spoken in Austin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.