Austin, Texas

Life in Austin, Texas, explained by people who’ve lived in Austin:

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Austin Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Austin?

  • I love that the people here embrace both the downtown lifestyle and the outdoors. There are so many beautiful walking paths, parks and docks right in the heart of the city. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • The different micro-communities. (Tiffany, 4 years)
  • Access to hiking, cultural events and historical buildings. (Chad, 10 years)

Austin Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Austin?

  • The public transit system is not very well embraced. Traffic and parking continue to be a problem, and it’s difficult to travel across town without using one of the major highways. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • The weather. (Tiffany, 4 years)
  • Traffic and high cost of living. (Chad, 10 years)

Austin Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Austin?

  • Volleyball or fridge at Zilker Park, swimming in Barton Springs Pool, paddle boarding or visiting the new downtown public library. The restaurant scene is also amazing, just ask around. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Barton Springs, eating at food trucks. (Tiffany, 4 years)
  • Formerly lots of free music events, being outdoors, Barton Springs, SoCo. (Chad, 10 years)

Austin’s Reputation

What’s Austin known for?

  • Music. And liberalism. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Tacos. (Tiffany, 4 years)

Austin Crime

What’s the crime like in Austin? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • It’s spotty, but the city is relatively safe. (Tiffany, 4 years)
  • Generally low. (Chad, 10 years)

Austin Advice

Any advice for people moving to Austin?

  • Mind your commute! It might be fun to live in the trendy neighborhoods, or you might find a great deal out in the suburbs, but extending your work day by 45 minutes at each end will drain you after a few months. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Prepare yourself for the allergies. (Tiffany, 4 years)
  • Don’t. (Chad, 10 years)

Austin Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Austin (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

Austin’s Future

How do you think Austin will change over the next 10 years?

  • I expect development will continue on the South and East side of town. The downtown area is very compact, but the neighbors will spread out and become more dense with apartments and condos. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Yup, almost Dallas already. (Chad, 10 years)

Austin Facts

Any other interesting facts about Austin?