Everyone has to commute to work. Unless you work from home or live inside your store, everyone is facing a little bit of a hike to get to work. Most people work hard to make their commutes as short as possible, but in larger cities where the populations are high and the rent is even higher, it may be hard to avoid a little bit of a drive to work.
In Texas’ major cities, the consistency of high quality jobs is constantly luring new workers from around Texas and around the country. But as employment rises, not only does the population in the cities themselves but also in the surrounding counties. Once tiny communities like Katy, Texas and now Bastrop have seen huge influxes in residents in pursuit of jobs and have, in response, launched into large scale expansions.
Quaint towns and communities are turning into burgeoning suburbs due to their close approximation to the base city of work and their low entry point in terms of finding a home. You can have home to yourself in Bastrop for roughly the same cost as an apartment in Austin.
According to Potter’s lecture that we have been referencing, the percentage of people commuting more than 25 minutes to work has risen dramatically since 1990. In fact, between 2009-2013, one could see a substantial amount of commuters driving between 30.1-70 minutes from the surrounding counties in order to work in Austin.
People are clearly willing to drive in order to put themselves in a good position for a good job. This willingness to commute is incredibly beneficial for the continued growth of smaller market regions or suburbs close to these major job hubs. One does not need to be in the heart of downtown to be able to work in Austin or similar cities. If you look in the right spots, you can find hidden gems in the quiet little communities surrounding your new job. Towns that offer a pleasant reprieve from the hustle of downtown life.
With a nurturing and skilled real estate agency, you can find a spot for you, your family or your business in this changing market. It’s just about being informed. For more reading on Potter’s lecture, refer to the linked pdf. Come back each month for more exploration on how to approach Texas’s ever changing climate.