Simple Ways to Tell Austin Transplants and Locals Apart

With 100+ people moving to Austin each day, the pool of original Austinites -- or, at least, those who moved here, ya know, before it was cool -- is becoming increasingly diluted, making it difficult to differentiate between ATX locals and just-moved-here-from-California’ns. Fortunately, there are a few ways to tell Austinites and imported impostors apart, and we’ve compiled some for you here.

Transplants: When people bring up Leslie, ask “Who’s she?”
Locals: Know the man, the myth, the legend.

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Flickr/Chris Gallevo

Transplants: Go for the movie, not the theatre.
Locals: Haven’t seen a film sober since the Alamo Drafthouse opened.

Transplants: Go to ACL for Skrillex and Instagram ops.
Locals: Go to Fun Fun Fun Fest for Big Freedia and taco cannons.

Transplants: Love talking about how “weird’ Austin is.
Locals: Could not care less. Anyway, what’s so weird about a guy riding a bike in a G-string?

Transplants: Complain about how hot it is.
Locals: Complain about people who complain about how hot it is.

Transplants: Probably live in a condo.
Locals: Have a favorite bar/venue/restaurant that was shut down because of condo construction. And probably still haven’t psychologically recovered.

Transplants: Have no idea how to pronounce Manchaca.
Locals: Have no idea how someone could possibly not know how to pronounce Manchaca. Seriously.

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Transplants: Order whatever beer is on special.
Locals: Basically own stock in Lone Star.

Transplants: Get stuck in traffic, whine about traffic, become traffic. 
Locals: Live in a neighborhood with a bar and tacos within biking distance. And will never, ever leave.

Transplants: Immediately hit Dirty Sixth when friends come to visit.
Locals: Would drink warm wine coolers alone in their backyard before setting foot in Dizzy Rooster.

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Flickr/Sean Davis

Transplants: LOOK! It’s Matthew McConaughey!!
Locals: Think he’s all right (all right all right), I guess. But don’t like, freak out. 

Transplants: Miiight go to church on Sunday mornings.
Locals: Miiight attend Hippie Church at Maria’s Taco Xpress. (Brunch is a religion, right?)

Transplants: Know Emo’s as the giant, warehouse-like venue on Riverside.
Locals: Remember Emo’s as the grungy, legendary spot Downtown. And still haven’t been to the current location.

Transplants: Are buying houses on the East Side now because it’s trendy.
Locals: Bought houses on the East Side years ago because it was cheap.

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Transplants: May well have a dog that isn’t adopted.
Locals: Are probably going to yell at you if your dog isn’t adopted. (Also, you’re a monster.)

Transplants: Wait in line for five hours for big SXSW parties.
Locals: Have been volunteering at SXSW for the last 15 years.

Transplants: Don’t play bingo. 
Locals: Know the glorious game is best played in Chicken Shit form.

Transplants: Dress up to go out. And actually own heels and/or button-downs for that purpose.
Locals: “We’re wearing our formal sandals -- WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM US?!”

Transplants: Answer “What time is it?” with... the time.
Locals: Aren’t shocked, confused, or frightened when “3:27” is followed by someone screaming, “And OU still sucks!”

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Transplants: Say Lady Bird Lake instead of Town Lake.
Locals: Go to the Greenbelt.

Transplants: Drive out to Salt Lick or wait in line seven hours for Franklin.
Locals:Have their own less-crowded, just-as-awesome barbecue spots.

Transplants: Think 12th and Chicon is kind of a sketchy area.
Locals: Remember the days when 12th and Chicon was actually a sketchy area.

Transplants: Go see Dave Matthews Band -- or someone equally awful --at the Austin 360 Amphitheater.
Locals: Go see their friend’s band -- or someone equally awful -- at Hole in the Wall.

Transplants: Complain about people moving to Austin.
Locals: Complain about people moving to Austin.

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Sam Sumpter is an Austinite who still hasn’t gotten over the whole condo construction thing. Follow her at @Its_Sam_Babaaay