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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.