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Austin dubbed 'magnet' for new jobs during pandemic
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The Wall Street Journal singled out Austin in a report that highlighted the growing exodus from big cities like New York and San Francisco in favor of the Texas capital—a trend longtime residents have been well aware of.


Locals and natives alike already know the city is growing and attracting more people and businesses by the minute, but since the onset of COVID-19, Austin's growth has been in hyperdrive.

Although this year has had a damper put on it with the pandemic, companies like Tesla, French luxury retailer Hermès and venture capital firm 8VC are expanding to Austin and helping to create around 10,000 jobs, the highest single-year figure on record, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

So what does Austin have that other big cities don't?

WSJ reported that Austin is becoming popular in the pandemic because of this influx of remote and corporate jobs as well as its lower cost of living (and with more bang for your buck—remember, they don't have backyards in NYC) and mild winter climate. There is also the absence of a state income tax.

People are also entering the city faster than others are leaving. Between April and October this year, for every one person who left Austin for the Bay Area, almost three people moved in the opposite direction, and for every one person who left Austin for New York City, more than two New Yorkers came to Austin.

Plus, due to constant construction, Austin has tens of thousands of apartments to rent. According to the National Apartment Association, between 2014 and 2018 more apartments were built in Austin than in any other U.S. city. The massive number of apartments has managed to keep up with demand.

However, while Austin is the number one tech town in the U.S. and chock full of opportunity, locals know it is not without its fair share of issues.

Austin is growing progressively more expensive—surpassing other major metropolitan areas like Houston and Dallas. In fact, Austin ranked as one of the least affordable cities in the country this year.

WSJ also noted that, although housing is abundant, it is not necessarily affordable. In Texas, developers are not required to include affordable—or below market-rate—units, which means a majority of them cater to the most affluent Austinites.

And don't even try to get by without a car, as Austin has a relatively small public transit system compared to major cities. However, with Project Connect in the works, that is gearing up to change ... over the next 13 years.

All things considered—with more celebrities and businesses moving to the city—it is safe to say Austin is just getting started.

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UT Austin makes list of nation's Top 25 Party Schools
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College ratings site Niche.com has released its 2023 Top Party School rankings.

One Texas college made the list: the University of Texas at Austin.

Longhorns know how to party with the best, apparently. But anyone who's spent time on the Forty Acres may wonder why the ranking was so low.

Here's the complete list:

  1. Univ. of California - Santa Barbara
  2. Tulane University
  3. Florida State University
  4. The University of Alabama
  5. Howard University
  6. University of Wisconsin
  7. University of Georgia
  8. Syracuse University
  9. University of Southern California ✌️
  10. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  11. West Virgina University
  12. Penn State
  13. University of Mississippi
  14. Ohio University
  15. Miami University
  16. Indiana University - Bloomington
  17. University of Iowa
  18. San Diego State University
  19. Florida A&M University
  20. Michigan State University
  21. University of Texas - Austin
  22. The Ohio State University
  23. University of Virginia
  24. Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  25. University of Colorado Boulder
Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
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Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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