Austin

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
226/263
Details
Large apartment$1929.87
Medium apartment$1560.31
Rent index [score]0.44
Small apartment$1190.75

Cost of Living

5
121/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.60
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$3.40
A kilogram of Apples$3.30
Bread$0.95
Inflation [score]0.55
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$51.00
Monthly public transport$46.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$69.23

Startups

9
14/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups57
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.84
Coworking spaces [score]0.87
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co91
Meetups [score]0.82
Meetups groups197
Meetups members140772
Number of investors1189
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1563
Number of upcoming meetup events193
Startup climate scene [score]0.83
Startup events146
Startup events154
Startup events [score]0.84
Startups [score]0.96
Total number of startups1266

Venture Capital

8
25/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesTechstars Austin, Capital Factory, DreamIT Ventures - Austin
Number of funding accelerators3
Venture capital [score]0.82

Travel Connectivity

2
185/260
Details
Airport hub44
Airport hub [score]0.25
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

4
214/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Austin
Traffic handling [score]0.50

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

5
225/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.72
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year11
Guns per 100 residents139
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.72
Lack of guns [score]0.33
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.53

Healthcare

6
178/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.28
Healthcare quality [score]0.85
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

6
39/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Texas at Austin
Best university ranking50
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.33

Environmental Quality

7
81/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.71
Cleanliness [score]0.72
Drinking water quality [score]0.73
Urban greenery [score]0.84

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

5
109/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.43
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

10
1/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)269.81
Internet access (download) [score]1.00
Internet access (upload) [score]1.00
Upload speed (Mbps)128.10

Leisure & Culture

7
89/263
Details
Art galleries118
Art galleries [score]0.66
Cinemas53
Cinemas [score]0.81
Comedy clubs10
Comedy clubs [score]0.88
Concert venues130
Concerts [score]0.96
Historical sites53
Historical sites [score]0.71
Museums51
Museums [score]0.64
Performing art venues151
Performing arts [score]0.84
Sport venues71
Sports [score]0.71
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.72

Tolerance

6
177/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index64.44
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.65
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.48

Outdoors

4
198/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.22
Median peak in meters421.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)169.00
Water access [score]0.51
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Austin are in the 121st place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$938$1,443
$1191
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$51
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$46
Monthly public transport$46
Lunch$12
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$78,909
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very High
51/53
Theft
High
47/51
Robbery
Moderate
35/46
Motor vehicle theft
Low
22/29

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-49%
  • Robbery-57%
  • Theft-46%

Gun crimes & Ownership

139.19
Guns per 100 people
10.50
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Austin in position 86 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Explore Austin’s neighborhoods

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  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Cost of Living

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  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities

Who lives here

  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

116

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Austin

5:24 AxA - Austin by Air: An Aerial Documentary

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On living in Austin

Austin is a city of over 900,000 people in the Hill Country region of the U.S. state of Texas. It is the capital of Texas and a college town, and also a center of alternative culture away from the major cities on the US coasts, though the city is rapidly gentrifying with its rising popularity. Austin's attitude is commonly emblazoned about town on T-Shirts and bumper stickers that read: "Keep Austin Weird." Austin is also marketed as the "Live Music Capital of the World" due to the large number of venues.

Austin weather is generally nice most of the year; activities are generally not limited by season. However, as Austin lies within Central Texas, be prepared to deal with the long, hot summers if you are visiting between May and September. It is not uncommon for daily high temperatures to be between 90 and 100 degrees during this time — in fact, a day in the 80s is rare, and several days may even reach triple digits (90 days in 2011). If you are here when the weather is like this, dress accordingly, drink plenty of water, and do not plan on staying outside for long (nearly all indoor places are air-conditioned) — unless you're taking the opportunity to take a dip in Barton Springs Pool or any of the other swimming holes in the area. This is especially true if the heat index is around 105 or higher, which is considered to be dangerous. Also keep in mind that the interior of cars will get dangerously hot, especially if the windows are up and it's parked in the sun — don't leave pets or children in there, no matter how briefly. How hot the summer gets usually depends on the amount of precipitation the area has been getting. If there is no drought and the spring has been particularly wet, temperatures will remain relatively tolerable and rarely break triple digits. If it has been dry, as it was from 2007-2009, summers can be very uncomfortable and triple-digit temperatures will be very common.

Central Texas winters are short to non-existent. There are many pleasant or even warm days during the winter months (the first 90 degree day of 2012 was in February), and snowfall is rare. However, hard freezes happen occasionally, and light freezes may occur frequently (especially in the more rural areas), and when this mixes with precipitation, ice storms and other wintry weather happen. If the storm is severe enough, the city may shut down for a day or so, traffic may be snarled, and the local auto body shops may notice a spike in business. The Austin area usually experiences such events 0-2 times each year or so, from late December to mid-February. Generally, though, winter weather just varies a lot, with alternating cold and warm fronts that can make for large temperature swings in the course of a single week.

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