Austin A Top City for Veterans, According to Study
USAA recently teamed up with Hiring Our Heroes, an initiative started in 2011 to help veterans and their spouses find jobs, and with Sperling’s Best Places, a website that rates the country’s best places to live. The group assessed U.S. cities to find the Best Places for Veterans. Cities
were evaluated on a set of statistics including unemployment rate, recent job growth, accessibility to college education, crime rates and health resources. Austin real estate now has even more to brag about this year, with the live music capital ranking highly on the list of best cities in the country for veterans.
A report on the findings in Forbes reported that for the first time this year, USAA is releasing three different lists, one it calls “Starting Out,” another “Mid-Career,” and a third called “Military Retirement.” Susan Adams, the author of the Forbes report, stated “To be considered for the Starting Out list, cities had to rate above a baseline: the unemployment rate had to be less than one percentage point above the national average, the median cost of living less than 10 percentage points above the national average, and the violent crime rate below the top 2% for all metro areas.” Austin made the number 2 spot on the “Starting out List,” and was noted for its strong economy, education opportunities and attractive housing options.
Bat City also made the number 2 spot for “Military Retirement” and made the number 5 spot for “Midcareer.” In addition to the city’s features mentioned for “Starting Out,” the study authors brought attention to Austin’s music scene, tech industry and relatively pleasant climate. Aspects of the city that earned it top rankings in the report also make it an ideal option newcomers from all areas of industry and walks of life. Austin real estate offers a wealth of benefits for anyone wanting to make a sound investment in a winning city.