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Austin, TX

Travis County

Nearby Communities

  • Del Valle
  • Manchaca
  • Manor
  • Pflugerville
  • Spicewood
  • Del Valle
  • Manchaca
  • Manor
  • Pflugerville
  • Spicewood

Recommendation: Recommended with Reservations

Austin, TX Area Overview

Austin is the state capital of Texas which of course means lots of government jobs, however, Austin is a major hub for the IT industry some say the largest outside Silicon Valley.

Austin is one of the most liberal cities on the planet. Since at least 2010 an influx of former California residents has flocked to the Austin area which has increased liberalism in the city. If you are not liberal, you may not be welcomed. The Austin DA office controls ethics in the Texas government and usually files charges against conservatives while they are in office.

Despite contrary review, not all people in Texas or Austin carry guns and I know most Californians and people in the northeast believe an OK Corral shootout occurs every day somewhere in Texas, but this is not true. If taking a position in San Antonio or anywhere else in Texas, if you enter a place where alcoholic beverages are served you will see a sign when you enter the establishment and one behind the bar that will warn you about the consequences of having a gun or any other weapon on the premises which will up to ten years in prison. Texas does have a self-defense laws which allow you to protect yourself.

About Texas

Texas is known has the ‘Lonestar State’ and the most stereotyped state in the United States. It is also home to some of the nicest people you will meet especially those native to Texas.

Texas does not have a state income tax which makes it an even more desired location. Texas’s State Sales Tax is high but lower than most other states especially California and New Jersey which do have a State Income Tax. Most companies in Texas will compensate at the National Market Rate for salary and hourly which makes Texas even more enticing to take a position if offered.

One of Texas’s stereotypes is that everyone walks around with a gun and OK corral type shoot outs occur nightly in the streets. No, they do not, in fact Texas gun laws in some cases are extremely strict. Carry any type of firearm into a place that serves alcohol and you looking at up to 10 years in prison.

Texas’s business climate allows for plenty of opportunity in a variety of industries throughout the state and once there you will be able to find sustainable employment.

Another stereotype is that the oil industry is it is only an oil industry state. There are several other industries in Texas where IT jobs are plentiful. In fact, Texas is a extraordinary diverse state with plenty of opportunities.

For entertainment, they are several places int the state that require you to be a member of the bar you are in and it not you will have to get a membership. Each city and county in Texas is different with their laws on this matter. Some places do charge for the membership, but most no longer do. The so named uni-card membership is the most popular and most accepted. Your Texas Drivers license is also frequently used and may now be the most common form of membership, but a record of each visit is kept with the state as it is swiped into a card reader much like a credit card.

As for the state income tax, Texas has an influx of people moving in and businesses relocating from the Socialist Republic of California. The Democratic party of California has told their constituents that they will do what it takes to force Texas to implement a state income tax. Many of the relocated have brought their attitudes to Texas and with more and more Californians resettling in Texas along with those from the New England States we expect it is only a matter of time before at state income tax is implemented in Texas.

Overall, Texas is perhaps best place to be and work in the United States and Fossnel still ranks it highest in its rankings.

Texas State Tax Link: No State Income Tax


  • All Major Chains
  • All major chains.

Places of Interrest

  • Sixth Street Dwontown.
  • University of Texas.
  • Capital.
  • Nearby Lake Travis.

Best Places to Stay

  • Preferably outside the city.

Handicap Accessibility

  • Handicap friendly
  • There are hills in the area so it could be difficult getting around.

Public Transportation

  • Bus system throughout the metro area.


  • Extemely congested.

Where not to Stay


  • Hot and humid summers.