Life in Austin
What’s life like in Austin, Texas? USAToday recently named Austin as one of “10 Great Places to be Inspired by Innovation”. Whether you are a college student, a young family, or just a visitor, Austin is a city where you can witness the union of groundbreaking science and innovation with multicultural creativity. The city offers access to excellent education, top job growth, inviting weather, a great sports and outdoors scene, and world-renowned live music— there is no better place to jumpstart your education and life than in the Texas capitol.
Access to Excellent Education
The University of Texas at Austin consistently ranks a top public university in the U.S. and worldwide. US News and World Report ranked UT Austin as the 16th best public university nationwide for 2014. It also listed the Cockrell School of Engineering as a top 10 engineering school in the country, and the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering’s graduate program as No.6 and undergraduate program as No.9 nationwide. UT Austin was also recognized as both the 26th best university in the world and one of the “best buys” in higher education by the Center for World University Rankings in 2013.
Top Job Growth
Forbes recently crowned Austin No. 1 on their list of the country’s fastest-growing cities for the fourth year in a row. The report also noted that Austin’s economy grew at an impressive rate of 5.9 percent in 2013. Austin’s employment is expected in increase 4 percent annually, according to a five-year forecast from Moody’s Analytics in 2013. Austin also topped Forbes list for “Metro Areas with the Most Economic Momentum Going Into 2014”, based on GDP growth, job growth, real median household income growth and current unemployment.
Austinites enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine a year, offering plenty of time for outdoor activities. With gentle winters and warm summers, residents can enjoy live music outdoors, hit various jogging trails in Zilker Park or visit Lady Bird Lake year round. The average daily temperature in Austin is 65.4°F (18.9°C), the perfect climate for a swim in Barton Springs, a picnic on the Capitol lawn, or just a study break by the clock knot sculpture on the front lawn of the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Building. This virtual tour of campus shows what it’s like to stroll around campus and see some of the Forty Acres’ iconic landmarks.
Sports and Outdoors
The city of Austin maintains a college-town feel year after year with strong, loyal community support for Texas Longhorn athletes. Together, Longhorns have claimed more than 50 national championships and 100 Olympic medals. Texas has claimed more titles in men’s and women’s sports than any other school in the Big 12 Conference since the league began in 1996, and attendance rates to Texas football games is the fourth highest in the country for Division I teams. The university also hosts a strong recreational sports division with more than 90 percent of the student population participating in programs and activities. The Travel Channel ranked Austin No. 11 on their America’s Top 20 Healthiest Cities thanks to the city’s parks and trails, lakes and swimming holes, and a health-conscious culture that promotes active lifestyles.
Live Music Capital of the World and the Arts
One cannot talk about Austin without mentioning music. The city was named the “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991 because it has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. Austin also hosts world-renowned annual music festivals, including South by Southwest (SXSW) and the ACL festival named after the longest running American music series Austin City Limits. The Cockrell School of Engineering is also in the music scene with the Engineering Chamber Orchestra, or EChO, that places musically-inclined engineering students into ensembles to perform concerts. Austin was also named the fourth top city in which to become an artist for 2014 by Glasstire online magazine. Artistic cities were ranked on the number of people working in the arts and the number of museums and galleries.