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6 Reasons to move your life to Austin, Texas

For whatever reason, you might be thinking of moving. Moving is a great idea – getting a nice change of scenery can be very refreshing, and it’s a great way to really start fresh. But of course there’s a whole wide world out there, so it’s hard to settle on one place to end up in. Where should you go? What will you do?

If we had to pick just one place to pack up and move to, it’d be the jewel of Texas, the Greater Austin area, also known as Austin-Round Rock. Let’s walk you through a day in the life of Greater Austin.

America’s Team & Effects on Dallas

One of the very first thing that comes to mind when people think about Dallas is the Cowboys. America’s team, plays at AT&T Stadium (more typically known as Cowboy Stadium) – a $1.3B project seating over 110,000 people (and home to the world’s largest HDTV screen!). The stadium was designed by Dallas-based firm HKS and the construction of the stadium was an incredible effort made possible by the architectural, engineering and construction talent in Dallas.

In addition to the stadium, The Cowboys also have a new headquarters and practice facility, up at The Star in Frisco, north of Dallas. The 91-acre facility also carried a $1B+ price tag and has been one of the projects contributing to the incredible boom ongoing in Frisco and Plano.

6 – It’s warm

There’s no summer like a Texas Hill Country summer. Temperatures hit highs of 90 °F and beyond during the hot season, and even in winter the temperature almost never falls below 45 °F even during the nights.

If you hate the snow and the cold, Austin is the place for you. You’ll never see a snowflake there, but you will see plenty of sun! It makes it a great place for Construction!

5 – It’s beautiful

The Greater Austin area is beautiful region. The cities are clean and well maintained, but there’s way more to this area than tall buildings. The surrounding area isn’t called Texas Hill Country just for fun. It’s called that because of the gorgeous nature that is all around.

The rolling hills are perfect for long hiking trips. There’s so much to explore and see while you’re out there. There’s gorgeous, picture-perfect lakes that dot the landscape, and many of them are great for a swim.

4 – The economy is strong

Austin-Round Rock is the 35th largest metropolitan economy in the US. That means that in terms of the economy, it’s an absolute powerhouse. A lot of major tech companies have big bases set up within the city of Austin, so if your profession is related to computers, you’ll be in luck.

There are many government jobs available too, as well as work in health services, hospitality, construction (we’ll touch on that later) and retail.

Forbes ranked it as the #2 best city in America for future job growth and the #1 best city for job seekers. Its GDP growth has spiked since 2008, and continues to climb, while unemployment has dropped dramatically.

3 – The local education system is great

As a side note to Austin’s solid economic foundations, the Austin Independent School District is one of the largest employers in the region. This means plenty of teaching jobs are available for newcomers and long-time residents alike and that they are constantly building new schools and facilities for the growing population of Austin.

This also says great things about the education the children of Greater Austin will be receiving – with a school system this expansive, your children will be getting nothing but the best from the faculty.

32 – There is a lot to do

We mentioned all the lovely lakes and hills before. Well, do you know what that means? That means hunting and fishing aficionados are going to love Texas Hill Country. If that’s your sport of choice, you’ll find yourself among kindred spirits in Austin.

And speaking of sports, guess which city hosts the Formula One US Grand Prix? That’s right, Austin, Texas does! They have a contract with Formula One to host the event every year until 2021. Not to mention the fact that Austin is the home of the University of Texas Longhorns.

The Texas Hill Country is also very bike friendly. Cyclists will have endless amounts of fun if they move here.

Maybe you’re not into cars or bicycles. Maybe disc golf is more your kind of sport. If that’s the case, you’ll have a lot of fun playing around Austin’s 11 disc golf courses. If you tire of those, there’s over 50 more in the surrounding area. If you prefer traditional golf, Greater Austin is also home to some of the best golf courses in the state of Texas – an impressive feat since Texans sure do love golf.

Oh, and for the nerds out there, Austin is also the home of Roosterteeth, the infamous internet production studio, and the South by Southwest conference. SXSW is one of the biggest conferences of its kind and draws in movie stars, TV idols, famous musicians and more.

1 – Construction is booming in Austin

Austin is the greatest city in Texas to live, just ask anyone. That means the city is growing and building faster than ever before. Commercial Construction companies are so busy they can’t keep up with the demand. They city skyline has changed drastically over the course of the last decade and that will only continue. The school, housing, quality of life, people and culture of Austin make it a hot bed for GenX’ers and younger generations who want a great life in a well balanced city with a forward thinking culture.

In other words, all this construction in the heart of Austin is a sign that the Greater Austin area is in for a bright future.

Living and Working in the Boomtown of Dallas

Everything really is bigger in Texas – and these days, that’s most true of the local economy, the number of companies moving here, and the overall growth. Texas is undergoing a period of incredible development as so many are drawn to all that the state has to offer. It’s no wonder then that 5 of the 11 fastest growing U.S. cities are located in Texas.

EAt a glance, Texas is an ideal place to live. Warm climate, no state income tax, central location, and a booming economy are just a few of the factors that have drawn individuals and companies from all around the country to uproot, move, and come to call Texas home. North Texas in particular has seen the influx of many companies who flock to the business-friendly environment.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is home to over 7 million people, and has seen over 500,000 people move to the area in the last 5 years alone. While the job growth, moderate cost of living and lack of state income tax are among the factors that bring people to Dallas, it’s the amenities of the city that keep people here.

America’s Team & Effects on Dallas

One of the very first thing that comes to mind when people think about Dallas is the Cowboys. America’s team, plays at AT&T Stadium (more typically known as Cowboy Stadium) – a $1.3B project seating over 110,000 people (and home to the world’s largest HDTV screen!). The stadium was designed by Dallas-based firm HKS and the construction of the stadium was an incredible effort made possible by the architectural, engineering and construction talent in Dallas.

In addition to the stadium, The Cowboys also have a new headquarters and practice facility, up at The Star in Frisco, north of Dallas. The 91-acre facility also carried a $1B+ price tag and has been one of the projects contributing to the incredible boom ongoing in Frisco and Plano.

Eating Well & Living Outdoors in Dallas

Equally iconic in Texas is the food. Between the barbecue and the Tex-Mex, Texas offers the best of both worlds, and Dallas is home to an amazing restaurant scene that runs the gamut from food trucks to steakhouses and everything in between.

While Dallas boasts a great skyline of iconic towers and landmarks, there’s so much to be seen in the great outdoors that surrounds the concrete jungle of downtown. Whether you’re looking for a place for a picnic, some hiking, or some off-road biking, the long list of parks, nature preserves and networks of trails leaves so many options for those wanting to escape and get back into nature. Dallas even brought nature right into the middle of its downtown with the founding of Klyde Warren Park, a 5-acre park built right over the Woodall Rogers Freeway in downtown Dallas. The park hosts food trucks, exercise classes, movie screenings, kid’s activities, concerts and many other activities every single day. The warm weather and mild winters in Dallas make it easy to enjoy the park year round!

The Booming Construction Environment

While the sports, the tacos, the amazing arts scene and the great weather certainly make Dallas a pleasant place to live, it’s the business climate and current influx of companies that also make Dallas an amazing place to work, and to build a career. The move to Dallas by so many companies continues to add jobs and strengthen the local economy both directly and indirectly.

For example, Toyota moving its U.S. headquarters directly impacts the North Texas economy by opening up thousands of jobs that need to be filled, as well as bringing in California natives who relocated with the company. Toyota’s move also has caused so many positive effects indirectly. The housing market has been stimulated, as the demand for housing has remained high.

Even more pronounced is the effect that is seen on the North Texas construction industry. Relocating companies like Toyota, JPMorgan, and Liberty Mutual are in the process of building extensive corporate campuses in Plano. In order to recruit top talent, companies see a need to offer state-of-the art corporate campuses, complete with amenities like gyms, on-site childcare, convenience stores, pharmacies and cafeterias. These building projects attract the top general contractors and suppliers who can take in stride the complexities and the scope of projects of this size.

While these corporate campuses are being built all over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there’s an incredible concentration of these projects in the Plano area, just north of Dallas. Plano now is home to what is known as the “$5 Billion Dollar Mile.” This mile is actually made up of 4 different mixed use developments within a one mile stretch of road along the Dallas North Tollway that represent over $5B in capital investment that is either announced or under construction. These developments will house retail centers, restaurants and office parks, and represent a massive influx of investment into a very concentrated area.

It’s impossible to drive up to Plano without seeing the cranes dotting the skyline. The ongoing and upcoming projects have been made possible by all the top construction, architecture and engineering firms in the area and have had ripple effects as suppliers, fabricators and subcontractors have supported these ongoing projects.

While North Texas has always been home to a business-friendly environment and a healthy economy, it seems that there has never been a better time to move to the area, and certainly never a better time to be in the Dallas construction industry. Firms like Vitality Group serve as a key partner in a busy construction and real estate market by matching top talent with top firms. If you want to hear more about all the opportunity that Dallas has to offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.