Located in the picturesque Hill Country of Central Texas, Austin is the state capital and the 4th- largest city in Texas, which is among the top-five most diverse states in the nation. As the 11th- largest city in the United States, Austin is widely regarded as a progressive, friendly, innovative, and growing city and is consistently rated a national creative center that attracts talented people from across the world.
Austin serves as the corporate headquarters for Fortune 500 companies such as Dell and Whole Foods, plus successful tech start-ups. Austin also hosts research and development offices for major technology-oriented companies such as Amazon, AMD, Apple, and Google, who have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly skilled talent the University produces. U.S. News and World Report rated Austin #1 in its Best Places to Live list. Expedia ranks Austin #1 in its 21 super-cool U.S. cities list.