Housing is Very Affordable - One of the first reasons why you should take a look at making an Austin move, or what may help you decide that you should move, is that housing is very affordable both in Austin and its suburbs. In fact, compared to most cities in the US, you will get excellent houses with three to four bedrooms for anywhere between the high $100,000's to low $300,000s which is practically unheard of near any other large city in America.
Low unemployment rate - With the unemployment rate rising all over America, and the national average reaching a new high of 6.1%, it is amazing that Austin, Texas has an unemployment rate of just 4.5%. What is even more impressive is that unlike the national average, the unemployment rate in Austin has actually been declining the last few years instead of rising, and is expected to continue to drop.
Weird eccentric spirit - Most places would hate to be labeled weird and eccentric, but people in Austin embrace the label even going as far as to unofficially make their motto "Keep Austin weird." It is not that people are actually odd in Austin, simply that independent and innovative thinking is embraced, therefore thinking outside the box and being yourself is highly valued throughout Austin.
Trail of lights - If you like the Christmas spirit, than you will love the annual Trail of Lights exhibit/celebration that is set up in Zilker Park each December. Over 300,000 strings of lights are strung throughout the park alongside props with over a mile of different scenes for viewers to walk by and see. Or for those from out of town or simply sick of walking a miniature train can take you on a guided tour through the festivities.
Music scene - The individualistic spirit of Austin comes out in full force throughout the burgeoning Austin music scene. In fact, Austin is quickly becoming the actual live music capital of the world, the official label the city has placed on itself. Both the annual South by Southwest and the Austin limits music festival draw in thousands of concert goers and major label bands each year, alongside many local and independent acts.
Young hipster scene - Made possible in part by the nearby University of Texas, in part because of the independent thinking of residents, and partially from the music scene, there is quite a young fresh hipster scene alive and flourishing in Austin.
Organic stores and living - People in Austin value fair trade and organic natural stores, if you like the idea of eating healthy, you will not find an easier way to embrace your values than in activist minded Austin. Austin is home to Whole Foods Market corporate office.
Great education system - It is true, the educational culture of Austin is so excellent with many colleges and universities located in the Austin area that students often dream of Austin admittance. Even at the elementary level people compete to live in some of the best school districts so their child is guaranteed enrollment at some of the notable schools.
Weather - While weather patterns are unpredictable in Austin, outside of rain; for the most part the temperatures never drop below freezing, which means you will not get too much wear out of your winter coat, even in the winter!
Small community in a large city - The Austin, Texas metropolitan area is very diverse and wide offering you many affordable communities to live in that offer you the small town feel while still in close proximity to a very large city scene.