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The Ultimate Guide to Moving to Austin, Texas - Tips and Must-Knows

Updated: Jan 31

Moving to Austin? This guide has got you covered! We'll explore the city's population, growth, and political landscape. We'll also cover transportation, schools, and prominent areas. Buckle up for a ride through the heart of Texas!

Howdy, y'all!

Thinking of moving to Austin? Or perhaps you're considering investing in this vibrant city? Well, you're in the right place! In this post, we'll take a deep dive into Austin, exploring its population, growth, and political landscape. We'll also provide an overview of the city, including transportation routes, schools, and prominent areas. So, whether you're a potential resident, investor, or just curious, buckle up for a ride through the heart of Texas!

About Me:

Before we dive in, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Or Yochanan, and I'm a computer engineer and a licensed real estate agent in Austin. I own The Investory, an end-to-end real estate service that aims to save you money when buying a property, and I'm excited to give you an insider's perspective on Austin!

Austin by the Numbers:

Austin is the capital of Texas and one of the state's four major metropolises, alongside Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. Within Austin city limits, the population hovers around one million people. However, when you consider the surrounding counties, such as Travis and Williamson, the population jumps to approximately two million. Notably, Williamson County, to the north of Austin, boasts the fastest-growing cities in the United States for 2021, with Leander and Georgetown leading the charge.

Pro tip: when searching for information about Austin, search for “Travis county”

Austin is also known for its tech prowess, consistently ranking among the best tech cities in the United States. Compared to other tech hubs like San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle, Austin offers a significant value proposition due to its lower living costs and excellent education system. Furthermore, approximately 18% of the population in Austin is foreign-born, adding to the city's diverse and vibrant community.

Get to know Austin's Map:

The city stretches about 26 miles from north to south, and you'll find Lake Travis and the Colorado River flowing through it. The river divides the city into two sections: "South of the River" and "North of the River." Austin's key areas include downtown, the airport, the domain, the galleria, and upcoming developments like Indigo Ridge and an unnamed 200 million dollar development in Round Rock.

Want to see it? Check out the video (clickable)

Pros and Cons of Living in Austin:


  • The weather can get pretty hot in the summer months, with temperatures crossing 100 degrees at times.

  • Mosquitoes can also be a nuisance during the hotter seasons.

  • The airport, while functional, might not be as extensive as some other major cities.

  • The city's nature and public transportation system are also areas that could use some improvement.

Please remember, these are based on my subjective opinion (which is totally scientific because, hey, I'm an engineer!)


  • Austin's cost of living is considered a major pro, especially when compared to cities like San Francisco and New York.

  • The city offers a balanced political landscape, with a mix of liberal and conservative viewpoints. This diversity allows for engaging conversations and varied perspectives.

  • Austin boasts an aray of excellent schools in areas like Round Rock, Spicewood, Eanes, and Lakeway, making it an attractive choice for families.


Whether you're a potential resident, investor, or just curious about Austin, now you have a comprehensive overview of the city's key aspects. As someone who loves Austin for its vibrant culture, growing tech scene, and unique charm, I encourage you to explore this fantastic city further. If you're considering a move or investment, don't hesitate to reach out.

Until then, keep Austin weird and wonderful!


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