| Jan 29, 2015
It might seem like a strange challenge to lay down: Austin versus Texas. After all, Austin isn’t just located in Texas, it’s the capital city. As the governmental representative for the state, you’d think it would be the most Texan of all the Texas towns to choose from.
In reality, Austin is a unique and vibrant place that defies categorization. Although there are definitely the flavors of Texas located here, it appeals to all kinds of people. If you’ve ever wondered if this part of Texas is for you, here’s a quick rundown on what you can expect.
Economy: If you’re part of the up-and-coming field of technology, then Austin is the place you want to be. Although the rest of Texas’s economy tends to revolve around energy, aerospace, and agriculture, Austin is the home of companies like Apple, eBay, Google, IBM, and Intel.
Politics: In terms of politics, Texas is primarily conservative and republican. The state has provided countless presidents over the years, including Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, and both father and son Bush. Austin, however, is a true blue location. Because of the younger demographic and the tech-heavy industries, it tends to skew in a more liberal direction.
Food: In Texas, food is always a top priority. Tex-Mex and barbeque tend to be the most popular types of restaurants, but you’ll find plenty to eat no matter what city you’re in. In Austin, there’s a little more variation in terms of international and ethnic cuisine (not to mention food trucks willing to serve it up), but there’s still a heavy focus on slow-cooked meats and spicy flavors.
Football: If football is your sport, pretty much anywhere in Texas is going to be a good fit. Austin is particularly known for its college team, the University of Texas. For professional sports, Houston or Dallas might be a better fit, but if you enjoy the burnt orange of the Longhorns, Austin is your place.
Activity: Texas is a huge state (over 250,000 square miles), which means no two regions are exactly the same in terms of what they have to offer. From wide open plains and coastal areas to the rugged peaks of the Guadalupe Mountains, you’ll find every kind of topography here. You’ll also find the kinds of activities that take advantage of each one. As a bustling urban center, Austin is more about city parks and well-tended trails than the great outdoors, so you may need to look elsewhere for high-adrenaline adventure.
Family: No matter where you live in Texas, family matters. The culture here is one that places families at the forefront. Good schools, an active and healthy lifestyle, homes with enough space to grow and play…all these things can be found in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, or any of the other Texas towns worth calling home.