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The 11th-largest city in the U.S., Austin has a population of 842,592 (2012 U.S. Census). Austin is the cultural and economic center of the Austin Round Rock San Marcos metropolitan area, with a population of nearly 1.8 million, making it the 34th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Austin’s location at the center of the state positions the city to do business with major markets in the U.S. and Latin America. Austin is less than 200 miles from three of the 10 largest cities in the country – Houston, Dallas and San Antonio – and 225 miles from the Mexico border. Some people come to Austin looking for career opportunities, others for a fresh start in a place where they can thrive personally and professionally. Austin is a great place to find challenging work and there are plenty of ways to maintain your work-life balance after hours, too.
Austin’s culture of innovation and creativity is on display every day in the Live Music Capital of the World. All concentrations of the arts are celebrated in the same city that has built a reputation for developing and commercializing new technology achievements. The dynamic ecosystem of 42,000 small businesses is supported by numerous incubators, accelerators and a municipally-funded Small Business Development Program. Greater Austin hosts a much broader technology cluster, with industry giants like Dell, AMD, 3M, IBM, Samsung, Freescale and National Instruments. Austin’s growth is fueled by unique competitive advantages: a highly skilled workforce, unique infrastructure and international connectivity. The city known for weird will soon be wired as well, as Google Fiber and AT&T deploy Gigabit-speed internet in Austin. Additionally, our international presence continues to grow, as visitors from all over the world convene in Austin to participate in events such as SXSW, Formula 1 United States Grand Prix and Austin City Limits.