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Music lovers and foodies, rejoice!

Austin is a haven for bands, festivals, and food of all kinds. It’s also brimming with opportunity for employment and entrepreneurship. If you live in Austin, you know how great it is. If you don’t, stop by for a visit and see the fantastic city for yourself!

Roaring Music Scene [1]

  • Austin hosts 21 events highlighting live music throughout the year.
  • More than 200 live music venues.
  • Musicians play at:
    • Grocery stores.
    • City council meetings.
    • Nightclubs/bars.
    • Coffee houses.
  • Waterloo Records on North Lamar Boulevard.
    • One of the last comprehensive independent record stores in the country.

Events Galore

  • SXSW®.
    • Annual music, interactive, and film festival held in March. [2]
    • Events held at various venues around Austin.
    • Austin Convention Center: 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, 78701. [3]
    • SXSW 2012 saw 39 bands perform. [4]
    • Largest festival based on number of acts per million residents.
    • Austin’s 2011 SXSW brought more than $165 million into the local economy.
  • Austin Film Festival [1]
    • Annual film festival highlighting both Hollywood hits and independent films.
    • Films are shown at venues in and around Austin.
    • One of the most prominent: the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue, 78701. [5]
    • Fantastic Fest [1]
    • Genre film festival showcasing:
    • Anime.
    • Horror.
    • Sci-fi.
    • Adventure.
  • Other events [1]
    • Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival.
    • Rodeo Austin.
    • Art City Austin.

Thriving Foodie Community  – 

  • Vast array of food trucks. [6]
  • G’raj Mahal
    • Indian cuisine.
    • All-natural ingredients.
    • Location: 91 Red River Street, 78701.
  • Mighty Cone
    • A savory cone takes the place of a bowl.
    • Burgers and fries.
    • Location: 2512 Rio Grande Street, 78705.
  • Flip Happy Crepes
    • Sweet and savory crepes.
    • Breakfast crepes served on weekends.
    • Mini-crepes for kids.
    • Location: 400 Jessie Street, 78704.
  • Food & Wine Festival [7]
    • Annual event hosted by Food & Wine Magazine.
    • Location: Republic Square Park: 422 Guadalupe Street, 78701. [7]
    • Cooking demos.
    • Wine seminars.
    • Food and wine tastings.
    • Live music.

Great Choice for Small Business [9]
The City of Austin now works with the Austin Small Business Alliance.
Businesses with fewer than 20 employees will qualify for:

  • Tax credits.
  • Fee waivers.
  • Lower-cost job training.
  • The 2010 U.S. Census shows 41,216 small businesses in Austin. [10]
  • In 2009, 40,281 businesses were in the area, showing a .02% growth from 2009-2010.

Booming Job Market [11]

  • Austin’s December 2012 unemployment rate: 5.0%.
  • U.S. December 2012 unemployment rate: 7.8%.

Low Crime Rate [12]

  • Austin’s violent crime rate is 430 crimes per 100,000 population.
  • 3rd lowest in the country for cities with populations higher than 500,000.

For more information please check out our Austin Metro Page or search Austin Rentals on ForRent.com!

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[1] http://www.austintexas.org/
[2] http://sxsw.com
[3] http://www.austinconventioncenter.com/
[4] http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/03/2012s-hottest-music-cities-according-sxsw/1517/
[5] http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/venues/paramount
[6] http://austinfoodcarts.com/
[7] http://www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/
[8] http://www.austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=320
[9] http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/morning_call/2012/04/council-approves-small-business.html
[10] http://censtats.census.gov/cgi-bin/msanaic/msasect.pl
[11] http://www.bls.gov/
[12] http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table_8_offenses_known_to_law_enforcement_by_state_by_city_2011.xls/view


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