MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Austin, the capital of Texas.
Between the music, food, nightlife, and bats, it’s easy to understand why so many people moved to Austin, Texas. The “Capitol City” grew by a whopping 21 percent between 2010 and 2020 as tech companies, young professionals, and those looking for an affordable and engaging community settled in the Central Texas city. Today 964,177 people call Austin home, enjoying a mild climate and an average of 300 days of sunshine annually.
“Keep Austin Weird”
Named one of the best cities in the United States by Travel + Leisure, Austin’s “uniqueness” is a main attractant for many visitors. In fact, the city’s slogan is “Keep Austin Weird,” embracing the city’s reputation for being a little bit astray from the establishment. Austin is home to the largest colony of bats in the world as well as the ever-growing South By Southwest (SXSW) festival for tech, film, music, education, and culture.
As the state capital, Austin has a large concentration of government workers. Still, the city has a diverse economy and is considered a major high-tech center. Apple, Amazon.com, Google, IBM, PayPal, and Texas Instruments are just a few of the many companies with offices in the area. The top employers are in the education, government, technology, and corporate and financial fields.
Local Medical Facilities
Austin has 21 hospitals and recovery/rehabilitation facilities, with seven rated “High Performing in Procedures/Conditions” by U.S. News & World Report. St. David’s Medical Center is the top-ranked hospital in the city and No. 7 in the state. Brookline, Massachusetts-based think tank The Lown Institute ranked Seton Northwest Hospital No. 1 and No. 4 in the top US hospitals.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 29.4 percent above the national rate
- Population: 964,177 based on the 2020 Census estimates
- Median Home Sale Price: $533,185
- Median Gross Rent: $1,627
- Median Household Income: $78,965
- Per Capita Income: $48,550
- Live below the poverty line: 12.5 percent
- Median Age: 35.8 years
- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
- Overall grade: A (niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 14 to 1
- Serving: 74,871 students in Pre-K, K through high school
Austin has more than a dozen colleges and universities in and around the city. The University of Texas at Austin is the top public university in Texas and was tied for No. 10 among public universities nationwide. St. Edward’s University, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson University, and Austin Community College are also available for Explorers looking to take a class or take on an advanced degree.
CapMetro provides riders with several options for getting around downtown Austin, the University of Texas Campus, and outlying areas. There are 14 High-Frequency bus routes arriving at stops every 15 minutes, routes from downtown to neighborhoods and the airport, and routes that run from midnight to 3 a.m.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is five miles from downtown with nonstop flights to Amsterdam, Netherlands; Frankfurt, Germany; Vancouver, Canada; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Monterrey, Mexico; and London, England..
Texas State Capitol have pics Recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols, the Texas State Capitol is open for tours seven days a week.
Lady Bird Lake A man-made reservoir, Lady bird Lake is a popular spot for kayaking, walking, biking, and more.
Rainey Street District This historic district is a hot spot for bars, hotels, and live entertainment.
Mexic-Arte Museum One of the few Mexican art museums in the country is located in the heart of Austin’s vibrant downtown. Around 75,000 visitors enjoy the museum’s exhibits featuring established artists from the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America.
South Congress Avenue This walkable stretch of boutiques, shops, restaurants, and bars links up with the Congress Avenue Bridge, where visitors can watch the world’s largest bat colony take flight each night at dusk.
Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve Towering palms, lush gardens, and boisterous peacocks make the park a welcome escape from the busy city. Visitors will enjoy 21 acres of hiking trails.
Bullock Texas State History Museum More than 9 million people from around the world have visited the museum to get a better understanding of what makes Texas, Texas. See exhibits featuring artifacts, films, local art, and more.
The University of Texas at Austin have pics More than 50,000 students attend the university just north of the heart of the city. Visitors can tour the campus, visit the LBJ Presidential Library, cheer on the Longhorns at a game, or attend a speaker presentation, play, or other special events.
Dazed and Confused Tour Visit some of the locations from the iconic 1993 film Dazed and Confused, shot in Austin and featuring newcomers such as Mathew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and indie queen Parker Posey.
Barton Springs Pool Inside Zilker Park is Barton Springs, a three-acre natural pool open for swimming. Underground springs feed the pool, which has an average temperature of 68 to 70 degrees.
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