The region is crossed by the Colorado River with several man-made lakes, known as the Highland Lakes, along its length. Greater Austin has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers and mild winters. On average, the City of Austin receives 33.6 inches (853.4 mm) of rain per year, with most of the precipitation in the spring, and secondarily in the fall. To the east, away from the Hill Country, precipitation is typically higher.
Moving to Austin will bring you to one of the most exciting cities in the South. Greater Austin has a diverse economy heavily anchored by government activities and education. High-tech firms, particularly related to semiconductors and software, are also important economic foundations. Most of the area's largest employers are all within the City of Austin, including: Advanced Micro Devices, Austin Independent School District, the City of Austin, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Seton Healthcare Network, the Texas Government, the United States Government, and the University of Texas at Austin. Major employers outside of Austin include Dell (Round Rock), MD/Totco in Cedar Park (a division of National Oilwell Varco), Southwestern University in Georgetown, and Texas State University in San Marcos.
The region contains numerous universities such as the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Southwestern University (Georgetown). The city of Austin itself contains numerous other institutions of higher education including Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward's University, and others. Additional institutions in the suburban communities include Temple College in Taylor and the Texas State University extension in Round Rock.
If you are a fan of live music and entertainment, Austin may be your ideal city to move to. In Austin, two of the most well-known festivals are the South by Southwest Music and Film Festival and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which draw artists and spectators from around the world. Many other Austin festivals take place including the Old Pecan Street Festival, Blues on the Green, and the Laguna Gloria Art Museum Fiesta. The Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival is centered in Austin but takes place at restaurants and venues in multiple communities. Austin has adopted the nickname "Live Music Capital of the World" based on its claim of having the highest percentage of music performers of any other major city.
The Austin metropolitan area has no major-league professional sports teams, but is home to several minor-league teams, as well as the Texas Longhorns collegiate sports programs and the Circuit of the Americas motor-racing circuit.