About Austin

Austin was first permanently settled in the 1830s, with early settlers calling the village Waterloo. In 1839 Waterloo was chosen to be the capital of the new Republic of Texas, and a new city was quickly formed. The city has grown a lot since those early days, going from mainly being known for government, to a place that now prides itself on a unique culture centered around technology and music. The “Live Music Capital Of The World” is now becoming a booming metro area. Austin came in at 8th on forbes.com list for fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and with all this growth Austin has still been able to cling to the “localism” attitude that makes the city so unique. The future of Austin looks bright and filled with music, food, festivals, and the charming “Keep Austin Weird” culture. 

Austin Cost of Living

Austin has a cost of living of 117.40, compared to the national average of 100, and the state average of 90.

Housing Grocery Transportation Utilities Misc
Austin 161 89.1 101 91 99
United States 100 100 100 100 100

Via US Census Data 2017


In 2016 dollars via US Census Bureau


Helpful Links

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City of Austin


Employing 6,000 & over:

  • Apple
  • AISD
  • City of Austin
  • Dell Technologies
  • Federal Government
  • IBM Corp
  • Samsung Austin Semiconductor
  • Seton Healthcare Family
  • St. David’s Healthcare Partenerhsip
  • State of Texas
  • University of Texas at Austin

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  • Allendale
  • Autumn Ridge
  • Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Craig Drive
  • Grant House
  • Mary Lee Foundation Southpointe
  • Pilgrims Place
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
  • St. David’s Pavillion
  • University Medical Center at Brackenridge


  • Colleges Near Cedar Park
    • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Southwestern University
    • Concordia University – Texas
    • Austin Community College District
    • Saint Edward’s University
    • Texas State University – Round Rock
    • South University
    • Texas A&M Health Science Center
    • Art Institute of Austin
    • Everest Institute – Austin
    • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts – Austin
    • Strayer University – Texas
    • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Austin ISD
      • 85 Elementary Schools
      • 18 Middle Schools
      • 17 High Schools
      • 10 Other Campuses
      • Total Enrollment: 81,391
      • Graduation Rate: 90.7%


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  • 195,302 SF Shopping Center
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  • 1,430,000 SF Shopping Center
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