Quick Facts

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about living and working in Austin.

Answer: You can request a visitor's guide online from the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Austin Visitors Center, 512.478.0098 or 866.462.8784.


  1990 2009
Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area 846,227 1,705,075

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The Austin metropolitan area is the 38th largest region nationally and the City of Austin is 16th. Visit the Population page for more information.

Answer: Growth in the Greater Austin Region has been extraordinary – Metro Austin's population grew to over 1.5 million in 2006. The 1990s saw a 48 percent increase in population, and growth has been averaging three percent annually since the 2000 Census.

2009 (U.S.=100)
Composite Index: 96.5
Grocery Items: 91.8
Housing: 84.21
Utilities: 90.3
Transportation: 96.9
Health Care: 94.8
Miscellaneous Goods and Services: 111.7

For a cost of living comparison to other U.S. cities click over to our Business section.

Austin Independent School District
City of Austin
Federal Government
IBM Corp.
Seton Healthcare Network
St. David's Healthcare Partnership
State of Texas
University of Texas at Austin

See more in our Major Employers section or purchase the Major Employers directory in the Chamber Store.

Answer: In 2009 the civilian labor force for the Austin area was 893,505. The unemployment rate was 6.7 percent. For more information, click over to Do Business.

Answer: The climate is temperate, with 300 days of sunshine annually. Average temperatures range from 42 to 62 degrees in winter and 75 to 95 degrees in the summer. Average rainfall is 32.49 inches. Snowfall is rare. Get-up-to-the-minute weather forecast, for Greater Austin from these local television stations:

Answer: The Austin Chamber of Commerce has many member apartment communities and apartment locator services. Look them up using our online membership directory or ask us for a referral! Call 512.478.9383 or 800.856.5602.

Answer: The daily newspaper is the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribe online, or call in-state 800.445.9898. For out-of-state inquiries, call direct to 512.445.4040.

Answer: Each dusk between April and October, the world's largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats emerges from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge to feast on insects that fly above the city. An observation area near the Austin American-Statesman's facility displays the latest information on the bat colony. For viewing times and parking information, call the hotline at 512.416.5700, category 3636, or find information online. For more information, call Bat Conservation International at 512.327.9721.

Answer: In 2010 the median price for an existing single-family home was $182,000. More information about moving here can be found in the Move to Austin section. Additional resources are also provided by the Austin Board of REALTORS® through AustinHomeSearch.com

Answer: There was a time when Austin was known primarily as the capital of Texas and home of The University of Texas at Austin. Those sectors remain a healthy and vital part of the Austin landscape – but over the last two decades the community has developed a very healthy balance of employment across a diverse range of industries. Chamber efforts are focused on strengthening the technology sector and recruiting such new industries as automotive suppliers, medical products and pharmaceuticals and wireless. Learn more about the industries in Do Business.

Answer: Austin ISD
Bastrop ISD
Del Valle ISD
Eanes ISD
Georgetown ISD
Hays ISD
Lake Travis ISD
Leander ISD
Pflugerville ISD
Round Rock ISD

For more information on school districts look in Education: K-12.

Answer: The tax rate is 8.25 percent. For tax rates in Greater Austin, please visit our sales tax page.

Answer: A number of companies provide local telephone service. The city of Austin and some other areas are served by Austin Energy, a municipal utility.

Answer: Call Interfaith Action of Central Texas at 512.386.9145 or click here for a list.

Answer: Area bus service is provided by Capital Metro. Call 512.474.1200 for routes, fares, and schedules. Taxicabs and rental cars are also available.

Answer: Yes! Shop online or call 512.478.9383 or 800.856.5602 to request a copy of The Chamber Store Catalog.

Answer: Click here for a demographic snapshot of Greater Austin. For a condensed print version is call 512.478.9383 or 800.856.5602 to request a copy.

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