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Austin, Texas

  • Population: 709,800
  • Cost of Living: What is the cost of living? 2007 Data - U.S 100 Composite Index: 96.2 Grocery Items: 92.3 Housing: 87.1 Utilities: 91.5 Transportation: 100.0 Health Care: 99.3 Miscellaneous Goods and Services: 104.9
  • Rain: 33.95 inches
  • January High: - January Low: 39.6
  • July High: 95 - July Low:

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Austin, known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” it’s also unofficially known as the best city in Texas, especially by those who make their home here.
Ask people what they love most about living in the Austin area, and you’ll find as many answers as stars in the big Texas sky. For some, it’s the Hill Country, with its gentle rolling slopes and beautiful vistas. For others, it’s the lakes, the creeks, and the swimming holes that offer an escape from the work-a-day world. Others claim that the real reason to live here is the culture, the arts, the laid back attitude. Whether you are an Austin native or a recent transplant, Austin is a city of worldly culture where people feel welcome.
Education has always been a central concern in Austin, probably because the city’s such an educated town.

In a June 2006 study conducted by BizJournals.com, of the 53 largest cities in the U.S., Austin jumped from number 26 to number 3 as one of the top communities with “the highest concentration of brainpower.” The study analyzed the educational level of adults in nearly 16,000 cities and towns with criteria that included the number of college graduates and the resident’s abilities to “innovate, create, compete and make money.”

When it comes to leisure, Austinites have many choices. . After all, there are only two days in the weekend. Trying to figure out how to fit in the many exciting activities Austin has to offer into that one weekend can prove challenging.

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Sales Tax

8.25%

Property Tax

Average property tax is $5,538.

Education

An intellectual town. In a June 2006 study conducted by BizJournals.com, of the 53 largest cities in the U.S., Austin jumped from number 26 to number 3 as one of the top communities with “the highest concentration of brainpower.” The study analyzed the educational level of adults in nearly 16,000 cities and towns with criteria that included the number of college graduates and the resident’s abilities to “innovate, create, compete and make money.”

What colleges and universities are in the Austin area?
The University of Texas at Austin
Huston-Tillotson College
St. Edward’s University
Concordia University at Austin
Texas State University, San Marcos
Austin Community College
Southwestern University

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census 2004 American Community Survey - the most recent survey available - the city of Austin ranks fifth in the number of college graduates, with 45 percent of the population holding a degree. Fortune magazine has also recognized Austin as one of the country’s top five intellectual capitals, and ranked number 3 on Forbes “Best Place for Business and Careers” ranking, in part because of a highly educated workforce.

Growth, education and community support
That workforce has grown, too. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the Austin which includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties increased from 846,227 to 1,249,763 from 1990 to 2000 - a nearly 48 percent increase in growth. And, as of July 2006, Austin’s population grew to 1,541,400.

Austin’s growth has had an impact on education. Between the business growth and the schools bringing people to this area, school districts have doubled in size to accommodate more students. It’s no wonder that Austinites are very supportive of education and have consistently approved bond packages in Austin and nearby communities to renovate and build new schools.

Health

Scott & White Healthcare
300 University Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
512-509-0100
A 111-year tradition of patient-centered healthcare is now accessible in Williamson and Travis counties. Scott & White primary care and specialty clinics are strategically located for your convenience. Each clinic is networked with our 68-acre healthcare system in Round Rock, which features specialty physicians and sophisticated diagnostic capabilities. Scott & White accepts most major insurance plans. http://www.umc.sw.org.

Austin Surgical Hospital
3003 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 314-3800


Brackenridge Hospital
601 E. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 324-7000

Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78766
(512) 353-8979

Children’s Hospital of Austin
1400 N. IH-35
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 324-8000

Cornerstone Hospital of Austin
4207 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 706-1900


Dell Children’s Medical Center
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

HealthSouth Hospital
1215 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-5700


Heart Hospital of Austin
3801 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 407-7000

North Austin Medical Center
12221 North MoPac Blvd.
Austin, TX
(512) 901-1000

Scott & White
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508
(254) 724-2111

Scott & White Cedar Park
900 Quest Parkway
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 260-6100

Scott & White Georgetown
4945 Williams Drive
Georgetown, TX 78628
(512) 819-0500


Seton Medical Center Austin
1201 West 38th Street
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 324-1000

Seton Medical Center Williamson
Opening Early 2008, University Blvd. and FM 1460
Round Rock, TX 78664

Seton Northwest Hospital
11113 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 324-6000


Seton Pflugerville Healthcare Center
200 N. Heatherwilde Blvd.
Austin, TX 78660
(512) 324-5350

Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
3501 Mills Avenue
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 324-2000

 
Seton Southwest Hospital
7900 FM 1826
Austin, TX 78737
(512) 324-9000

Smithville Regional Hospital
800 East Texas 71
Smithville, TX 78957
(512) 237-3214