It's no secret that Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Just ask any Austinite who has been here more than a year (otherwise known as a native) and they'll tell you how much the skyline, traffic and vibe have changed even in their short tenure.
It's currently estimated that 165 people move to Central Texas each day. The greater Austin metropolitan area is expected to top two million people by the end of October. Yes, you read that correctly! By the end of the month, Austin will match the population of San Antonio.
So what gives? Why is Austin so popular? Low unemployment, reasonable housing prices (if you are coming from California or New York), the creativity and sunshine make it more than just a place to see a show or come for SXSW.
And unlike other cities I've lived, where newcomers were met with a healthy dose of snobbery, Austin is still kind to its newcomers. "Welcome to Texas" is as common as the spring bluebonnet and craft beer.
So when you are sitting in traffic on I-35, unable to find downtown parking or can't get into your favorite restaurant without a long wait, just remember - you live in an awesome place that others covet!