Austin, Texas has been called the “Live Music Capital of the World” and for good reason. The streets are filled with singer-songwriters and bands all aspiring to play in one of the city’s many live music venues. The city is also home to two of the world's most famous musical events - Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.
With its place in the music world secured, Austin might be working on a new nickname, -- the “Budget Friendly Capital of the World". While the sounds of independent bands drift through the streets of Austin, another sound can be heard. It’s the sound of keyboards clicking as new websites are being built by a homegrown Austin company, Whale Shark Media. This company has become a formidable Internet giant aggregating coupon codes for online shopping sites around the globe. Whale Shark Media’s websites are some of the largest in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, helping residents of those nations find bargains online.
From 2000 to 2006, Austin was the fastest growing city in the nation, approaching a million residents and becoming the 13th largest city in the country. Those migrating to the city are attracted to the eclectic culture and the booming job market thanks largely to the tech industry, which features heavyweights like Dell Computers, AMD, Samsung, and Facebook. It also helps that the city was ranked eighth in the country for where a paycheck will stretch the furthest by Forbes.com in a 2012 study. The city even owes money to its residents. At last check, the City of Austin Financial Services webpage listed 15,564 residents and businesses that are owed anywhere from $10 to $100 in unclaimed property.