Austin has earned a reputation as one of the best places to live in the nation, and with good reason:

  • Affordable and diverse neighborhoods, from urban lofts to hill country estates
  • A great climate made for outdoor enjoyment and recreation nearly year round
  • Many professional and amateur sports venues and events
  • More fine restaurants and clubs per capita than any other U.S. city
  • A lush environment highlighted by parks, lakes and trails
  • A creative culture that supports the arts, music and the theater
  • Year-round festivals and celebrations for people of all ages

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25 hospitals (plus 2 under construction)
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3,000 hospital beds

Austin currently has more than 800 churches and synagogues, a Hindu Temple, a Buddhist Temple and a mosque and prides itself on maintaining the atmosphere of a tolerant, diverse and open city. There are three seminaries, the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the Austin Graduate School of Theology as well as excellent religious education opportunities, starting with pre-school. There are more than 3,500 active nonprofits in a community that has a history of creative partnerships between government, nonprofit organizations and local businesses to address important needs of the local population. The Austin Area Interreligious Ministries provides links to many area churches, faith communities, and community service organizations.

Businesses that wish to establish corporate giving and employee volunteerism programs have a wealth of resources to draw upon from the Volunteer Center at the United Way Capital Area to the nonprofit management support networks at Greenlights for Nonprofit Success or I Live Here, I Give Here.

  Violent crime Property crime
   Austin MSA 345.5 3,904.4
   Texas 507.9 3,985.6
   United States MSAs 489.0 3,352.0
   United States 454.5 3,212.5

Note: Violent crimes are offenses of murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes are offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.

Source: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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