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Austin Area Info

Here is a list of useful links that will help you learn more about our great city. Enjoy!

Education

 

History

 

Elementary Schools 

 

 

A Brief History of Austin

Getting To & Around Austin

 

What's Happening

 

City of Austin
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau 
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Capital Metro

 

 

 

Austin Chronicle
Austin American-Statesman
Austin Weather
City of Austin’s Everything Austin, TX

 

Accommodations & Housing

 

Sports & Recreation

 

ACVB Online Hotel Reservations
Hostelling International-Austin

 

 

 

Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge
Austin Parks & Recreation Department
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

 

Dining & Shopping

 

Search Austin

 

Austin Chronicle Restaurant Guide
South Congress District

 

 

 

Austin360

 

Tour Austin

 

Travel & Traffic Updates

 

Capital Metro's "Tour the Town" Route
Texas Capitol and Governor?s Mansion
The University of Texas at Austin Campus Tours

 

 

www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo

 

MORE INFO

Cost of Living Indexes

Natl. average

Austin, TX

Overall
100=national average (lower = better)

100.0

96.2

Housing
comprises 31% of overall COL

100.0

93.3

Food and groceries
comprises 16% of overall COL

100.0

87.5

Transportation
comprises 10% of overall COL

100.0

106.2

Utilities
comprises 8% of overall COL

100.0

89.3

Health
comprises 5% of overall COL

100.0

99.2

Miscellaneous
comprises 30% of overall COL

100.0

102.0

Housing

Natl. average

Austin, TX

House purchase cost
median home value - Q4/02

$128,500

$130,100

Home appreciation
Most recent 12 months

7.2%

11.1%

Property tax rate
tax rate per $1000 valuation

$15.65

$21.90

Other Costs

Natl. average

Austin, TX

Sales Tax Rate
total local, county, and state sales taxes

5.75%

8.00%

Income Tax Rate
total for $50,000 income

4.60%

0.00%

Auto insurance
annual insurance for mid-size sedan

$825

$860

Economy

Natl. average

Austin, TX

Unemployment Rate
February, 2003

4.0%

2.2%

Recent Job Growth
Most recent 12 months

1.3%

5.5%

Future Job Growth
projected job growth to 2010

15.1%

33.2%

Municipal Bond Rating
source - Standard and Poors

AA-

AA


 Demographic and Housing Market for Austin, TX:

Demographic Data

Austin

 

Texas

United States

Total Population1

755,591

 

22,118,509

290,809,777

Median Income2

$50,500

 

$52,609

$41,993

Austin Education Levels

 

K-12

12.2%

 

College

3.5%

 

Graduate

15.8%

 

Post-Graduate

8.3%

 

Austin Real Estate Market Data

 

Average Home Price

$136,539

 

$66,972

$121,000