Austin, TX
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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 85.82% 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.

A relatively large number of people in Austin telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.89% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Austin. This makes Austin a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Austin presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One important feature of Austin is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.09% 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 is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Austin really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Austin citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Austin ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Austin a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The citizens of Austin are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.97% of adults in Austin have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.