Life in Austin, Texas

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Austin, Texas? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Austin?
Kayla reports in this review:
WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
In the summer Austin can be very hot and fairly humid due to the rivers and lakes surrounding it. About half of the residents love this and half hate it. During an Austin Spring it can be warm, cold, snowy, rainy, windy, essentially all weather patterns. The falls are short, but wonderful. Winters are usually mild, but recently Austin has had several ice/snow days due to Polar Vortexes.Austin definitely has a large homeless population and suffers from the sort of crimes that come along with this. During the winter, many homeless people will travel to Austin since it is warmer than say Detroit. This causes a lot of territory fights amongst the homeless population. I have seen some of these fights near I-35. However, the more affluent areas of Austin tend to have a stronger police presence. There also tend to be a lot of crimes associated with a university town: drugs, noise violations, DWI/DUI/PI, etc.Westlake, Tarrytown, Hyde Park, down town Austin, and any neighborhood off of FM 2222 are all very nice and wealthy neighborhoods.There are some very beautiful mansions built into the hills off of 2222. In my experience these neighborhoods are largely populated by caucasian people. The east side of Austin historically has been called the "bad part" of town, but due to heavy gentrification efforts it has become more developed in the last decade. Historically east Austin is where minorities live, but they are being pushed out because of gentrification projects.I find people in Austin to be very friendly. It's kind of a weird place, filled with all types of people, but generally you meet with more nice people than not nice people. I have had several experiences of strangers being kind to me in this city. Austin seems to be about 50%-60% white, possibly 30% hispanic, and 10% African American.
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Downtown Austin is full of wonderful restaurants, night life, and shopping. There are many famous bars and restaurants, with hotels located conveniently nearby. I have spent many days and nights enjoying all that downtown Austin has to offer..Texas Chili Parlor- a local place that is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorites
P.Terry's- a local burger place that has a wonderful secret sauce, and they only use the best ingredients.
Uchi+Uchiko- Top Chef contestant, Paul Qui, worked here, very popular locally.
Chuey's El Arroyo, & Trudy's are all very popular Tex-Mex restaurants.
The public schools in Austin vary depending on the neighborhood. The ones in the more affluent areas are of a high caliber.Austin has made many lists for being a good city for singles. There is a large night life scene, and the water attractions all over the city are great places to meet other singles.
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I-35 can be noisy, but you will not hear too much if you live in a well insulated house. There are many music venues all over the city. Austin is called the "live music capitol of the world." Due to large music events like ACL, there can be music noise if you live in these areas.Austin is the biggest city in the surrounding area. Round Rock is a big suburb town, and is a bed room town for people that work in Austin. San Marcos is another university town about twenty minutes away, and strives to be a smaller version of Austin, but more on the conservative side. There are many wonderful small towns under an hour's drive from central Austin. The famous "Black's BBQ" is nestled in Lockhart, Texas, and well worth the drive.Seton Medical overall, but the Dell Children's Hospital is one of the best children's hospitals in the country if not the world.The University of Texas has many wonderful museums, the football games are always an event, SXSW and ACl always draw large crowds, you cannot go wrong with lake/river activities: paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, floating the river, etc. Many wonderful restaurants and shops along South Congress.
General comments   
A blue oasis in a red state. There are hippies, artists, university students, politicians, entrepreneurs, families, different ethnicities, and religious groups in Austin. It makes for a wide and varied city with lots to do. For a city there are lots of green belts, and wonderful outdoor space that you do not find in every city in America.   
Austin, Texas population: 790390

How many black people live in Austin? How many white people?
Number of White People539760Percentage of White people68.3%
Number of Black People71130Percentage of Black people9%
Number of Hispanic People284450Percentage of Hispanic people35.9%
Number of Asian People59399Percentage of Asian people7.5%
Number of American Indian People12725Percentage of American Indian people1.6%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Austin, Texas

Percent college grads: 44.1%
Percent grad school grads: 16.4%
Unemployment rate: 6.5
Median house value: 200000
Median income: 50520

How many singles in Austin?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
91299781881.17men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
25994225181.15men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
19861214630.93men for each woman

Crimes in Austin, Texas
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault22560%1%
Auto Theft22500%1%

Weather History for Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0000001096782108
How many days and how much precipitation and snow for Austin, Texas?

Number of days of rain
(.1 inch or greater)
total rainfallNumber of days of snow
(.5 inch or greater)
Total snowfall
Average year503400
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0000058524737171

How many hot humid days a year does Austin, Texas have?
How many cloudy days a year does Austin, Texas have?
How many sunny days a year does Austin, Texas have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Austin, Texas have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year175079199871653565102

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.