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Austin, Tex., boasts scenic beauty, a laid-back atmosphere, a highly educated population, and a lively arts and music scene. Austin's official motto proclaims the city as the Live Music Capital of the World; Austin appropriately hosts the Austin City Limits Music Festival each fall and the international South by Southwest (SXSW) music and multimedia festival each spring, bringing visitors from all over the world.
For those skeptical about living in Texas, far from the big MBA employers on either coast, worry not. According to one graduate business student in a BusinessWeek survey, "The school and city really sell themselves. You're able to study in a place like Austin, yet you're not limited to Texas during the recruiting process. In fact, I had interviews and offers from firms located in California and New York."