From Los Angeles to Austin! Yeeha!
Los Angeles is California’s largest city and the state capital. It is center of the largest metropolitan area in California. With a population of 4 million, Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, just after New York. The same is true for the metropolitan area—it ranks second with a population of 13 million, after New York. It includes some dreamy destinations such as Beverly Hills and Long Beach.
And that is about enough for most people to make them want to move from Los Angeles to Austin! Just as sunny, with much more peace and order, and easy access to everything!
Austin is the capital of Texas. It is the third largest city in Texas with a population of 961,855. It is in the center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos (or Greater Austin) metro area. Austin has significant economic, historic, and cultural center.
Austin keeps in the line of Texas’ high-tech development. he region’s rapid growth has led Forbes to rank the Austin metropolitan area number one among all big cities for jobs for 2012 in their annual survey and WSJ Marketwatch to rank the area number one for growing businesses. Along with the usual large-scale employer from government administration, universities and medical centers, a significant share of the labor market is taken by Apple, Dell, IBM, and Amazon.
All of this, along with the lack of a state income tax in Texas make up for a huge, booming labor market.
University of Texas at Austin is the main pillar of Texan education. It has over 40,000 undergraduate students and 11,000 graduate students, and provides more than 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate degrees. It is classified with a “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity.”
Austin comes from a rich bohemian background that is today referred as Old Austin. It can still be seen today as a large part in the local subculture, as well as in the many local breweries, Tex-Mex food, and excellent Texan Barbeque.
Austin is billed the Live Musical Capital of the World, being the home of many annual festivals and concerts. South By the Southwest, Block 21, Urban Music Fest, Austin City Limits Music Festival attract millions of tourists every year.
Most of Austin’s disadvantages revolve around traffic. The heat and the lack of late fall, early spring, and winter can also be hard to bear.
- Austin does not have adequate public transport.
- This forces nearly everyone to use their own vehicles.
- And this leads to huge traffic jams.
Los Angeles and Austin head to head
Two hot, sunny place, centers of populous, bustling states. What can be different?
Surprisingly, Austin has the upper hand when it comes to median income, median home price, average age, and two-times lower unemployment rate (we’ve mentioned that bustling labor market). As bad as it is, transportation in Austin is considerably cheaper with a shorter commute time.