Thinking about moving from California to Austin? If you’re anything like the droves of Californians scrambling to move to Texas (Austin, specifically) you’re probably wondering how it stacks up to where you currently live. Perhaps you’ve heard about the Bay Area-based sales exec, Brett Alder, who couldn’t wait to move to Austin, only to later regret it and move back to California… Notably, he dubbed Austin a “conservative dystopia”. (Dystopia means “an imagined state or society where is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.”)
It sounds dramatic, because it is. But Austin is pretty awesome as long as you’re realistic and prepared. Politics aside—because let’s be honest, that’s stressful and simply not our jam—we’re proud of every inch of our state. With 63,174 California residents moving to Texas in 2019 alone (the most influx from any state)1 we’d like to offer a more positive perspective about our capital city. Here are 3 weirdly satisfying things that Californians can expect when moving to Austin!