Why do so many smart, creative, and successful people and companies call Austin home? It’s more than a great place to work and do business. On top of our thriving economy, we offer unmatched quality of life — for all kinds of people. That unique and engaging Austin character is built on a solid foundation. We’re a community that offers reasonably priced housing, a safe environment, solid schools, healthy and charming neighborhoods, and big-city amenities at a small-town pace. It’s no wonder so many people come to Austin “temporarily” and end up staying. Our gorgeous natural setting, in one of America’s most uncommon landscapes, offers plenty of opportunities to get outdoors for fitness, recreation, and relaxation. But if you’re more the indoor type, we’ve also got a world-famous live music scene and equally exciting happenings in the creative and performing arts. In Austin, it’s easy to make a habit of having fun. As Austin takes its place among the world’s leading metro areas, our cultural vitality and lifestyle assets continue to grow. Sure, the region is always changing, but it’s usually changing for the better. And you can always find your place in Austin—making friends and getting what you want out of life. Austin Area Parks The Austin Parks and Recreation Department oversees approximately 20,000 acres of land containing 260 parks, 193 miles of scenic trails, 15 preserves (sanctuaries for native plants, native animals and unique natural features), and 40 greenbelts (parkland on creeks and canyons). In general, all parks are open for public use each day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Healthcare Austin’s expanding healthcare system rivals that of any major metropolitan area. Forty area hospitals, including one under construction, and a dedicated children’s hospital, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, complement community clinical services of 4,260 direct patient care physicians. Even though Austin is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, our physician-to-population ratio tops those of Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Recent area medical center expansions bring the total number of licensed hospital beds to more than 5,300. Choice of care providers is diverse. The Seton Healthcare Family, St. David’s HealthCare, and Baylor Scott & White operate 22 of the region’s 44 hospitals, with the remainder run by 19 different non-profit and for-profit systems. The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, which enrolled its first class in 2016, will improve health in Travis County and throughout the country by training new physicians, providing treatment in a new teaching hospital, and conducting research to expand knowledge of medicine and medical technology. As part of a visionary partnership with Seton Healthcare Family and Central Health, a public healthcare district, a new $295 million teaching hospital will be constructed adjacent to the new Dell Medical School. By designing these facilities concurrently within an integrated complex, the effort represents an unprecedented opportunity to create the best possible environment to respond to community needs and provide patient care
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