Moving to Austin? Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted July 12, 2021 in City Guide

Texas flag waving with the Austin, TX skyline in the background.

Recently assuming its position as the fastest-growing city in the United States, more people flow into Austin, TX, every year than anywhere else in the country. Boasting a diverse and dazzling culture, this urban cut of Texas is situated in the heart of the Lone Star State, and its siren song has reached far, drawing in new residents from all over the world.

But, with Austin’s booming popularity, it can be hard to know the best parts of town to lay down roots and how to transition to an Austin way of life.  

Why is Moving to Austin, TX so popular?

It’s clear that Austin has become a popular destination for people of all walks of life, and based on its city life and job market opportunities, it’s easy to see why: 

Thriving Job Market

Austin is home to a wealth of well-paying job opportunities. Coined with terms like “Silicon Hills,” it is a new frontier for burgeoning tech startups and established tech giants the world over. The city hosts the headquarters of several big-time tech companies, such as Dell, Google, Facebook, and more, while also functioning as a tech mecca with their annual SXSW conference and music festival.

You aren’t out of the running if tech isn’t your bag, though. Austin’s job market also spans industries like business, healthcare, entertainment, government, and engineering, affording plenty of opportunities for its residents to accumulate skills and experience in their preferred field.

Incredible Culinary Experience

While Tex-Mex and barbecue are the initial draws for most fledgling Austinites, there are many more dynamic dining experiences in Austin once you’ve explored a little. From Korean-Mexican fusion at Chi’Lantro to Uchi’s almost insane sushi variety, there’s so much culinary variety to explore, not to mention the food you’ll find on South Lamar. Don’t forget about the food trucks! You’ll be hard-pressed to find a city with more food trucks per square mile than Austin.

Pair these dining experiences with the city’s self-proclaimed title as the “live music capital of the world,” and you can almost always find somewhere to enjoy a bit to eat while also indulging in a feast for the ears.

On the Doorstep of Nature

View from Mt. Bonnell overlooking Austin with the city skyline in the distance.

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest reasons people are moving to Austin, TX, is its natural beauty. Though it may not be home to any beaches or mountains, its signature rolling hills provide an abundance of hiking trails, bike paths, and secret alcoves for a day away from the bustle. Plus, the various bodies of water scattered throughout the cityscape means there’s no shortage of watersport events and leisurely days on the river.

With so many outdoor activities and watersports at your disposal, it’s easy to stay in shape or get in shape without ever having to step foot in a gym. If you have pets, lucky for you, they are welcome just about anywhere you want to go. 

Best Neighborhoods/Areas in Austin

Austin’s best neighborhoods are full of nuance and diverse personalities and we couldn’t possibly go through them all, but here are few parts of town Austinites tend to flock to when looking for an ideal area to live:

Downtown

Entertainment district in downtown Austin with lit up marquees.

Considered the stronghold of Austin’s entertainment and dining experiences, downtown Austin is the center of premium housing opportunities, such as towering condos and apartments that overlook the metropolitan area. Living in the epicenter of Austin is a more expensive investment than just about anywhere else in the city, but with the increased price comes the convenience of mobility. If you live downtown, you can access most of what the city has to offer, no driving required.

A couple noteworthy downtown locations include Sixth Street, the Warehouse District, and Rainey Street.

Central Austin

Exemplifying the genre-fusion possibilities Austin has to offer, Central Austin is the area where you can diversify your day with vintage record shops, country dancing bars, lounge spaces dripping with modern sensibility, and modest nightlife options in close proximity to one another. Eclectic and inventive, there’s plenty to find in Austin’s most centralized urban element.

Noteworthy locations in Central Austin include Hyde Park, Anderson Lane, and the University of Texas at Austin.

North Austin

For entertainment and shopping galore, the North side of Austin features many of the most significant locales in the city. If you have money to burn and you want to make a day of it, you’ll find yourself with a treasure trove of places for both food and fashion.

A couple of key areas in North Austin are the Arboretum and the Domain.

East Austin

Dressed to the nines in a sprawl of diverse communities, East Austin is home to an extravagant array of cuisines, live music, and relaxing vistas. If your interests lie in a dynamic dining experience, tap into the seemingly endless options provided between East Austin’s streets. Japanese, Mexican, Americana, cocktails, coffee, beer—you needn’t go far for whatever you crave.

A few places of note in East Austin are Mueller, East Cesar Chavez, and East Sixth Street.

South Austin

A cocktail of preserved, historical Austin locales and eye-popping gentrification, South Austin is the quintessential destination for “keeping Austin weird.” Enjoy a ride around the Boardwalk that skirts the river, while indulging in trendy barbecue for an afternoon of relaxation. Come back later for an evening of live music and lights at your favorite coffee shop.

Noteworthy locations in South Austin include South Lamar, South Congress Avenue, and South First Street.

West Austin

If you like the idea of moving to Austin, TX, but you aren’t interested in the urban jungle, West Austin might be your destination of choice. Punctuated by the scenic horizon, rolling hills, and immaculate lakes nestled into the landscapes, West Austin is home to many of the scenic and historic components of the Austin package. If your hobbies are related to the outdoors this is the best place for you in a city already rife with outdoor activities.

Some noteworthy locations in West Austin are Westlake, Tarrytown, and the Clarksville Historic District.

Self-Storage in Austin

Whether you’re considering a move to Austin or have already touched down in Austin and you’re looking for a space to call your own, self storage can give your items a home away from home while you get settled as an Austinite. Premium Spaces can help facilitate your transition with top-tier, self-storage options throughout Austin. With sizes ranging from 5×5 up to 20×15, we have plenty of room for the things you plan to store from furniture to boats to vehicles to clothing. With plenty of features to choose from, you’re sure to have an easy storage experience that will give you peace of mind as you begin to put down roots in Austin. 

To find the right unit for your belongings, check out our storage facilities throughout Austin, or if you’re planning to live outside Austin’s city limits, we still have storage options for you throughout the state of Texas.

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