Austin has found itself on the top of yet another list, this time one published by U.S. News and World Report that lists Austin as the #1 spot out of 100 U.S. cities considered the best places to live. Austin was the only Texas city to be listed in the top 10 (Dallas-Fort Worth ranked next at #15, Houston at #20, San Antonio #23).
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OK, so at this point we’re just growing a head bigger than Mount Bonnell with all of these honors and accolades and top spots on lists, but we aren’t complaining! Well, except for the part that these things make more and more people want to move here.
One of the things that landed Austin at the top spot was its value: “Austin offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.”
The #2 spot on the list went to Denver, CO, the one place that Austin seems to be exporting people to instead of importing people from.
Methodology for the report was generally described:
U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Austin ranks as #1 with an overall score of 7.8 out of 10.
It also mentioned a lot about Austin’s music scene as a drawing factor for people moving to the city. “About 50 people move to Austin every day, drawn to the Texas capital’s music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions.”
Included in the report is info on cost of living, purchasing a home, the weather, getting around in Austin, demographics, and things to do when you live here.