Austin, Texas is no stranger to the top ranks on all good reports by national publications! The city thrives with live music, creative and diverse food options, growing industries, affordable cost of living, outdoor recreation space and much, much more! Check out the graphic below to see why Austin newcomers are flocking to our great city each day.

Why Everyone is Moving to Austin


1. Learn the story of Texas at the Bob Bullock Museum
2. Take a cool, refreshing dip in Barton Springs pool
3. Tour the Capitol building
4. Go windsurfing on Lake Travis
5. Glide through Town Lake on a rented canoe
6. Savor a bowl of Amy's Ice Cream
7. Tour the city's art galleries
8. See the entire city from the University of Texas clock tower
9. Sift through 10,000 bizarre trinkets and gadgets at Toy Joy
10. Ridicule bad movies along with live comedians at the Alamo Drafthouse Master Pancake Theater
11. Wolf down a stack of delicious pancakes at Kerbey Lane Cafe
12. Pick your favorite suite at the historic Hotel San Jose
13. Dance to live music and meet local artists while you shop on South Congress on the first Thursday of every month
14. Run the Keep Austin Weird 5K
15. Watch the sun go down over the lake on the deck at the Oasis
16. Catch a live comedy show at Cap City Comedy Club
17. Try on a crazy costume at Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds
18. Visit the giant statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan
19. Cheer with the crowd at a UT Longhorns football game
20. Join 75,000 of your closest friends at the 3-day Austin City Limits Music Festival
21. Get a picture with Leslie Cochran
22. Argue over where to find the cheapest breakfast taco
23. Dip your chip in a bowl of Mag Mud at Magnolia Cafe
24. Picnic on Sunday at Waterloo Park
25. Walk, jog, or ride your bike over more than ten miles of trails at Ladybird Lake
26. Run wild and free with your puppy off the leash at one of Austin's many dog parks
27. Bicycle on scenic Loop 360
28. Splash around while you watch a movie in the water at Deep Eddy Pool's Splash party movie nights all summer long
29. Watch a million bats stream out from under the Congress Ave. bridge, the largest urban bat colony in North America
30. Count the steps to the top of Mt. Bonnell
31. Catch a cool breeze from Lake Austin on the wide deck at Mozart's Coffee
32. Find a shadowy corner and listen to jazz at the Elephant Room
33. Pick out a new CD at Waterloo Records
34. Laugh until you cry at Esther's Follies, a variety show with music parodies, hilarious sketches, political satire, and magic
35. Take a free tour of the elegant governor's mansion
36. Shake your feathers with the roaming peacocks at Mayfield Park
37. Get up early on Saturday morning to buy locally grown goodies at the Austin Farmer's Market downtown
38. Sip an iced coffee on a warm night at the Spiderhouse Cafe's twinkling outdoor patio
39. Find the moonlight towers
40. Spend a day touring the LBJ Library and Museum, the largest presidential library in the nation
41. Eat popcorn to all your favorite old movies during the historic Paramount Theatre's Summer Film Classics Series
42. Treat the kids to a fun afternoon at the Austin Children's Museum
43. Order a cocktail at the luxurious Driskill Hotel
44. Relax, rest your tired feet and enjoy a ride on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train
45. Discover a Hill Country winery
46. Find a funky shop along "The Drag" (Guadalupe St. running beside UT campus)
47. Go all natural at the expansive Whole Foods World Headquarters
48. Two-step the night away at the Broken Spoke
49. Feed the body and the soul at a Sunday gospel brunch, either at Stubb's BBQ or Threadgill's Home Cookin'
50. Hike, bike, climb, swim, picnic, walk, run, disc-golf, and ride the kiddie train, all on sprawling Zilker Park's 351 acres