Are you immigrating to the United States or planning a move from one state to another and considering a move to beautiful Austin, Texas? If so, there are some things you need to know about life in Austin that will help make your transition go a little smoother.
It can take several weeks for property to ship to the United States from another country, and you must provide legal paperwork to Customs to be able to bring your belongings over. (source: a1autotransport.com) In the time that you are waiting for your personal property to be taken care of, you can take some time to get to know Austin and the many exciting things about the city that seem to lure people in year after year.
Here’s some of the important information that you will want to know if you’re planning to immigrate from afar or even from just over the state line and make Austin, Texas your new home.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT AUSTIN
- The city has a population of 947,897
- The number of foreign-born households is 173,499
- More than 89% of the local population has a high school diploma
- Austin has an unemployment rate of less than 3% which is lower than the standard rate for the state of Texas.
- Currency: U.S. Dollar
- Main Industries: All industries
WHY IMMIGRANTS AND OTHERS COME TO AUSTIN
Austin has long been a haven of a sort for immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America and Africa. Besides the nice weather that the city sees throughout the year, Austin has a stable economy and the job market is good for immigrants who want to work in sectors including the medical field, construction, retail, manufacturing and food services as well as computers and technology, hospitality and sales related jobs. People from around the world, including across the U.S. relocate to Austin every year thanks to the wide array of things to do, the good economy and the friendly people.
THE BEST THINGS ABOUT AUSTIN
Do you like a night out on the town where you can sit back and take in some of the best music out there? If so, you’re in for a treat because Austin just happens to be a music lovers haven and is home to more than 200 music venues throughout the city. That’s a lot of music to check out in a 272 square mile area. You’ll quickly realize how much Austin residents revere their musical roots because no sooner than you step off the plane at the airport, you’ll be encompassed by music from all directions. There is live music playing throughout the terminal at the airport. On top of the live music venues in the city, Austin hosts many music festivals year-round, so be sure to take plenty of time to step out and listen because no matter what your musical preference may be, you’re going to hear it on the streets of Austin.
Wow! The food you’re going to taste in Austin is out of this world. With such a wide array of people from countries around the world, the cuisine you’re going to find here is outstanding. From the worlds best barbecue to Thai food and everything in between, be prepared for your taste buds to be happy with what they’re offered. You can’t find a better tortilla or taco than you’ll find in Austin. On top of the food selection, you’ll find a great escape waiting in the local lounges and café’s adorning downtown Austin.
Culture abounds in Austin with museums, many of which are free to check out and many fun things to see inside and a large art district where you can catch glimpses of cultures from around the world. The city hosts numerous art programs for all ages and has a vibrant art community.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR
The excitement can really get to you, so be sure to take it easy and check things out slowly when you arrive in Austin. It’s tempting to stay out for hours on end day and night but taking time to slowly soak in the positive atmosphere of Austin will help ensure you have time to fully focus on each individual thing you do.
NEED TO KNOW AUSTIN INFORMATION
City of Austin, Texas – For more information on things to do, places to go and what you can expect to find in the local neighborhoods, this is the site to check out. You can also find information on establishing water service, public safety and law enforcement and more.
Austin Energy – an Electric company in Austin
Austin Public Library – Whether you need a book or to take care of something online, the public library has much to offer for resource material, computer access and special programs.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR IMMIGRANTS
Applying for a Green Card
Applying for U.S. Citizenship