Moving from Charlotte, NC, to Austin, TX

Will Austin strike the right chord? 

For good reason, Austin, TX, is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” But toe-tapping tunes aren’t the only things that make it appealing. It’s the second fastest-growing city in America thanks to a unique blend of economic strength, natural beauty, quirkiness, and diverse leisure options. 

So, if you’re planning to relocate from Charlotte, NC (also among the fastest-growing U.S. cities), you won’t be alone. Find out what all the fuss is about — and learn how to hit all the right notes with an affordable, stress-free long-distance move. 

Creative energy flows through the Texas state capital  

While Charlotte balances traditional and playful sensibilities, Austin fully embraces its reputation as a free-spirited haven for artists of all types. Millennials make up more than 30 percent (and rising) of Austin’s population, so there’s always something happening. Along with major annual festivals like South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, downtown’s Sixth Street Entertainment District is a central hub for nightlife. South Congress (SoCo) and Rainey Street are also popular areas. 

If you’re into sports, it’s worth noting that Charlotte has multiple professional teams, and Austin doesn’t. But fans will find that the college gameday atmosphere at the University of Texas sporting events is second to none. 

Recharge in the great outdoors 

Though it lacks the seasonal diversity of Charlotte, Austin is one of America’s sunniest cities (averaging 228 days per year), allowing residents to enjoy year-round outdoor recreation. Summers sizzle but fall and winter are incredibly comfortable. Popular outdoor destinations include Lady Bird Lake, McKinney Falls State Park and Zilker Metropolitan Park. 

If you enjoy the excellent hiking in the Charlotte area, you’ll be excited to learn that Austin has some of the best access to trails and parks anywhere in Texas. Pro tip: Catch the best views of Austin at Mount Bonnell in Covert Park, one of the highest points in Austin at 781 feet. 

Get a taste of the region in every bite 

Want to go on a tasty adventure? Just ask any Austinite where they love to eat. Austin is regarded as one of America’s best food cities, offering a bustling and diverse assortment of delicious choices at every turn. Tex-Mex and BBQ get the most attention, but you’ll find favorites from exotic street eats to upscale dining. If you’re having trouble deciding, this list of essential food experiences in Austin is a good starting point.