5 Austin Communities For New Residents

Whether it's the job growth, particularly in the tech sector, or the relatively affordable real estate market, Austin has seen a big increase in new residents recently. In fact, Austin's 19,117 new residents between 2014 and 2015 is the eighth largest increase in population of all U.S. cities with a population of more than 50,000, according to the Austin Business Journal.

The new residents are coming from a variety of places, although in recent years it seems more and more are migrating from California. Recent U.S. Census data shows these residents are, for the most part, settling in areas five different areas ranging from Austin's city center to 30 miles outside the city.

1. Downtown Austin

The city center of Austin always seems to be…

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Let's face it, sometimes holiday shopping can be a beast. Crowded malls and tight budgets will often drive a person to madness. Even if you've been smart enough to head out early in the shopping season—and if you're reading this, then chances are you haven't—there's always the difficulty of picking just the right present for those very important people on your list. The trick to a more effective holiday shopping experience is preparedness: it turns out that you'll have a much better time Christmas shopping in Austin by carefully considering the type of people on your list before you head out.

With that in mind, here are just a few of the people you might find on your shopping list this year, along with some helpful suggestions about how you can make…

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Where to Buy Austin Real Estate If You're in the Tech Industry

Time and time again, Austin has been recognized for the rapid expansion of its tech industry and its booming population. Affectionately called the Silicon Hills, many even speculate that this Texas city is due to be the next Silicon Valley. In fact, a recent article in Forbes named Austin one of the five the most likely cities to take the coveted spot.

The need for a new Tech Mecca stems from the fact that the Silicon Valley real estate market has reached a saturation point. Built along the bustling San Francisco Bay where property is scarce, the average home in Los Altos, CA is valued at $2.3 million. By contrast, the median sale price on the Austin real estate market is a much more modest $216,000 because land is plentiful and new development is…

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