Why Everyone Envies Austin

March 6, 2015 | Posted in:Austin, Statistics

Enjoy this guest post and infographic from John Egan of Sparefoot.


Need evidence that Austin is a popular place for transplants? Consider this: From 2010 to 2013, Austin was the fastest-growing city among the 25 largest U.S. cities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a 12 percent population hike in just three years.

Put another way: During that period, Austin essentially gained a city within a city, as the population rose by more than 95,000. By the way, that figure doesn’t include booming suburbs like Cedar Park, Georgetown and San Marcos.

“It’s not much of a mystery why Austin has fared so well,” Jordan Weissman wrote on Slate.com. “The city was only lightly affected by the recession, thanks in part to the fact that Texas was generally spared a housing bust, and its local economy is anchored by a state government, a massive university, and a tech scene.”

That helps explain why Austin is the envy of so many other cities, and so many people, around the country.

For years, business professionals from places like Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Wichita, Kansas, have descended on Austin in an effort to replicate at least some of our city’s economic magic. But the real proof of the level of envy regarding Austin rests with the number of people who have moved here, who are planning to move here or who are longing to move here.

In a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal, former Austin resident Tom Davenport, a professor at Babson College near Boston and a former professor at the University of Texas, succinctly captured the allure of Austin. He wrote that Austin is “quite interesting and fun. It’s got a funky, laid-back vibe and there are plenty of informal restaurants with outdoor seating, a river (that they call a lake) to run and bicycle around, and huge quantities of live music.”

Given that description, who wouldn’t be envious of Austin? If you still aren’t sold, this infographic from Austin-based SpareFoot offers 16 reasons why everyone has a case of Austin envy.

 

John Egan is editor in chief at SpareFoot, a startup that operates the country’s largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage.

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