Austin, TX
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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 85.82% 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 (12.55%), office and administrative support (11.10%), and sales jobs (10.83%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.89% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Austin is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Austin is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 80.09% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Austin. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Austin landscape.

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.

The education level of Austin ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Austin, 48.97% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Austin in 2010 was $37,888, which is wealthy relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $151,552 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 34.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Austin include German, English, Irish, European, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Austin's cultural character, accounting for 18.40% of the city’s population.

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