If you are you an ex-Californian like me, you’ll find living in Austin more than a little different. Probably the most noticeable difference is the weather. It’s hot and hotter. Air conditioning is mandatory and not an option. During the hottest months – July, August and early September – outside mid-day activities for most people are kept to a minimum. While the heat may sometimes seem oppressive, we adapt to new rhythms and life style patterns. The old saying applies: “when in Rome, do as the …”
Austin vs California: Traffic
Metropolitan Austin is sprawling and getting larger every year, so that means it’s essentially a driving town. The rapid growth has brought on traffic congestion…not matching LA volumes…but long-time Austin residents nevertheless complain. Most residents quickly learn the time-saving shortcuts to get where they’re going quicker.
Austin vs California: Construction
Construction is a booming industry…building seems to be ongoing everywhere. New home developments and apartment complexes are springing up as rapidly as spring flowers. New residents are pouring into the Austin metro area escaping the high tax and spend states.
Austin vs California: Business Friendliness
Austin, in contrast to places like California, is business-friendly and an entrepreneurial mecca for small businesses. Start-ups are welcome and assistance is readily available. The University of Texas produces well-trained graduates that enhance a strong, skilled work force of people who like living, working and playing in Texas, and want to stay here.
Austin vs California: Community Services and Amenities
Community services and amenities, cultural activities and highly competitive collegiate sports programs help make Austin and surrounding communities like Round Rock, Georgetown and Cedar Park a great place to start and raise a family. Recreational options abound. A safer, slower pace of life coupled with a manageable cost of living contributes to the strong loyalty Austin engenders.
Austin is High Energy, High Tech and Modern
Today small city Austin is a high energy blend of high-tech modernism, country music hip and its own version of mouthwatering (i.e. it can be hot) Tex-Mex cuisine. Comfortable for singles and families alike with niches and places for both, Austin is the physical embodiment of the phrase “Texas Forever.”
Considering a Relocation to Austin from California?
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