There are more than three dozen zip codes in the Austin area, making it an area with many distinctive communities and neighborhoods.
Downtown Austin has faced the same harsh realities of many downtown areas. The decline in downtown commerce and the tendency to move to areas less congested has taken its toll. But like many cities, revitalization projects are underway and visitors to the downtown area can certainly see the results. Several attractions along with some expansion and building projects are continuing the trend. Residents and visitors may visit the Austin Convention Center, the Lester E. Palmer Events Center, the Long Center for the Performing Arts or the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (located at the University).
Sixth Street is at the heart of the city’s music culture. The area was once known as Pecan Street, and today plays host to dozens of attractions and events. You’ll find music, bars and restaurants along the strip, along with special events – music festivals, film festivals, biker rallies, and the notable Pecan Street Festival.
There are many individual neighborhoods in Austin, most with their own distinct identities. Tarrytown, Hyde Park, and Travis Heights are among the older communities in town. All three are centrally located and most of the homes are older. Other neighborhoods include Rob Roy, Circle C, Barton Creek, Crestview, and Northwest Hills.
The proximity to the University of Texas at Austin means that the city has a steady supply of graduates with degrees in technology, sciences, and related fields. This has prompted several major companies to locate in Austin and has prompted the need for housing for these white-collar employees. With housing at least somewhat less expensive than in some other technology areas – Silicon Valley in California, for example, many of these young executives opt to remain in the Austin area. You’ll find that Austin has the full range of housing available, from relatively inexpensive homes and apartments to those houses that cost several million dollars. The market seems to be booming with plenty of options currently available for sale. At the same time, it doesn’t seem that most reasonably priced houses remain on the market for long.
Schools & Education in Austin
Austin has several colleges and universities. Here are some of the major schools.
- University of Texas at Austin: This is one of nine major campuses in the University of Texas system. It started in 1833 and today boasts its position as a major employer in the area and a top-rate research facility. It’s a major source of science and related degrees but hosts a total of about 100 undergraduate degree programs.
- St. Edward’s University: This Catholic university is a liberal arts school that claims a major focus on ethics. It was founded in the late 1800s, marking it as one of the older colleges in the area.
- Austin Community College: With courses ranging from culinary arts to computer science, this campus offers a core curriculum for those who plan to seek a four-year degree or associate’s degrees in a variety of subjects. There are seven campuses in Travis and neighboring counties.
- Huston-Tillotson University: Historically, this university has been associated with the United Black Negro College Fund and is affiliated with both the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. Today, the student body is diverse and offers degrees in humanities, sciences, education, and business.
- Concordia University: This school is owned and maintained by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and offers graduate, undergraduate and accelerated degree programs.