Austin Accolades 2017

Austin No. 9 In The Country For Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Austin is the ninth best city in America when it comes to keeping New Year's resolutions, according to a study by WalletHub. The study took several categories of holding resolutions and ranked 182 cities around the country.

The four categories WalletHub measured were health, school and work, finances and bad habits. Each city was ranked in each category, resulting in a final score. They measured rankings by exploring how easy it is to keep or break resolutions in each city.

If a city has very few gyms, for example, their score for holding true to health-related resolutions is lower. Austin did well in that category, coming in No. 28.

Austin came in No. 60 for ease of keeping financial resolutions, third in the school and work category and No. 57 in getting rid of those bad habits.

School and work played a big role...

Keller Williams Rated #1 Company to Work for in 2018

It is no secret the amazing culture that comes with being in partnership with Keller Williams. When you choose to join Keller Williams, you join forces with the most dynamic real estate company in the world. It is obvious why Forbes just rated KW as the happiest company to work for in 2018! 

"Keller Williams Realty takes the top spot. The Austin, Texas company has 175,000 agents across more than 900 metro areas and claims to be the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count. A Keller Williams Realty employee wrote on, “One of the greatest benefits is how our company promotes from within. All employees are encouraged and supported to be in control of their growth and career paths.”"

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Austin Deemed Best City for Veterans to Live

To help military veterans find the best places in which to put down roots based on their status, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 17 key indicators of livability, affordability, and veteran-friendliness. They range from a share of military skill-related jobs to veteran income growth to availability of VA health facilities. 

Source: WalletHub

Four key dimensions

1) Employment, 2) Economy, 3) Quality of Life and 4) Health.

The four key dimensions were evaluated using 17 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for veterans. 


Austin Ranks #24 on List of Hottest Zip Codes

Austins most recent accolade comes from analysis of over 32,000 ZIP codes. This analysis is based on factors such as the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed in each ZIP code. The top 10 markets in this list are seeing homes sell in an average of 21 days -- 50 days faster than the rest of the country. The homes in these markets are also being viewed almost four times more than homes in other areas of the country. 

The trend in these hot housing markets has a lot to do with the appeal to millennials preferences. In today's market, the standouts are relatively affordable, large shares of older millennials, high millennial ownership rates, and high salaries. These ZIP codes tend to be suburb areas with local 'it' factors such as hiking trails, great restaurants, and nightlife. The largest group of...

Austin voted No.13 Most Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly City

Austin has a reputation for being a healthy, outdoorsy, and self-care based city, and WalletHub's newest article confirms this even further! Austin has been voted the 13th best city for vegans and vegetarians! For many, it isn't just a diet, it is a way of life. Austin makes it easy for those who are meat-free in a number of ways. Keep reading to learn more about WalletHub's methodology.

"To determine the best and cheapest places for a plant-based diet, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 15 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness. We examined each city based on such metrics as the cost of groceries for vegetarians, the share of restaurants serving meatless options and salad shops per capita."

Three Key Dimensions


Austin is one of the Top 10 Foodie Cities in America

Austin is known for its love of food, food trucks, and there is a surplus of amazing cuisines to join in on the "foodie" lifestyle. According to WalletHub's findings, Austin is voted one of the Top 10 Foodie Cities in America. 

These wallet-friendly cities cater to foodies who prefer to cook at home, explore the local gastronomy or both. To determine the best and cheapest foodie scenes, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 24 key indicators of foodie-friendliness. Their data set ranges from the cost of groceries to affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita. 

In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub’s analysts compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across two key dimensions, “Affordability” and “Diversity, Accessibility &...

Austin Voted Best City in the U.S For Dog Lovers

It's no secret that Austin is a little bit weird, but it is also no secret that Austin is a city for man's best friend! Around 54 million American households have at least one dog, compared to 43 million households that have at least one cat, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Cain Realty Group Austin Accolades took the 150 largest metros and then analyzed a wide variety of pet data. They only included one metro per state, for geographic diversity.

Criteria included:

  • Percentage of single-family homes on with...

Austin Earns #9 Spot of Fastest Growing Cities in the US

Experts might not agree on the “best” or the “right” recipe for rapid economic growth, but some cities know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity. Patterns emerge within those cities, allowing us to identify the contributing factors that perpetuate a lasting cycle of growth.

But the quick path toward success is not as cut and dried for every city. To determine where the fastest local economic growth has occurred in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared 515 cities of varying population sizes based on 15 key measures of both growth and decline over a period of seven years. Check out WalletHub's expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of their methodology, here


Austin Ranked #4 on List of Best Cities for Gamers

Did you know that the gaming industry is globally over $100 billion industry? That’s nearly on par with the sports industry! 60% of Americans aged 18-29 play video games often as do 53% of Americans between the ages 30-49! I bet you didn’t know that playing games like candy crush on your smart phone makes you a “gamer.” According to a study done by WalletHub, Austin is ranked 4th on a list of Best Cities for Gamers.

One of the main reasons Austin is on this list is because of video game stores per capita, share of households owning a computer, average internet speed, and internet cost. With Google freshly in Austin, the Internet has never been more available or as fast as it is now.

Lastly, another factor is gamer and developer opportunities. Austin is a rising tech hub with many “techies” in the area, which adds to the number of gamers.  SXSW Gaming...

Austin is No. 3 on ranking for Where Tech Salaries go the Furthest

Austin steadily rakes in new accolades and this particular addition is a hit in the technology industry. Tech jobs in the United States are well paying but tech hubs are pricey. For tech jobs, cost-of-living differences are especially important. Indeed Hiring Lab did an analysis to find where tech salaries go the furthest combined with the cost-of-living. 

Analysts calculated the average salary for all tech jobs using annual salary information posted on Indeed between August 2016 and July 2017 in 25 metro areas, including the largest markets plus key tech hubs. They then adjusted for each metro’s cost of living.

"Adjusted tech jobs salaries are highest in Charlotte and Atlanta. In these metros, the actual posted...

Austin is No. 7 on ranking of the Most Popular Moving Destinations in the U.S

With such a diverse culture and community it is no mystery why Austin, Tx is the 7th most #popular city to move to in the United States. Who can blame them, right? New United Van Lines study shows Americans continue to leave Northeastern cities for West, Pacific Northwest. 

Many cities that are experiencing growth are located in the West and Pacific Northwest. The Southern regions are also seeing exponential growth, including high volumes of moves to cities such as Dallas, Atlanta, and Charlotte. 

Based on United’s summer moving volume data, the most popular metro areas for U.S. families to move to this peak season were: 

1. Seattle, Washington
2. Dallas, Texas
3. Portland, Oregon
4. Denver, Colorado
5. San Francisco, California
6. Atlanta, Georgia
7. Austin, Texas
8. Las Vegas, Nevada
9. Charlotte, North Carolina
10. Orlando, Florida


Austin Ranked 8th on a List of Most Educated Cities in America

Are you smart? Educated? Have a degree? Well, if you do, you might live in Austin. If you are these things, but don’t live in Austin, maybe you should consider packing up your stuff and get out here! According to a study done by WalletHub, Austin was ranked 8th on a list of Most Educated Cities in America.

Not only is Austin home to The University of Texas but is also home to other amazing universities like Southwestern, St. Edwards University, and Concordia. Many students at these university are from Austin, however there are many students who go to these schools from out of state.

Austin is a tech hub, and let’s be honest, you must be smart in order to work for tech company. Higher levels of education tend to lead to higher salaries.

The ranking was determined by education level, education gaps, gender education gaps. Austin holds very intelligent people which in turn will lead to a better...

Austin Earns Spot on List of Top Ten Cities to Retire in

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute's 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey, six in 10 workers reported feeling at least somewhat confident that they'll have adequate finances to retire comfortably,  but only 18% reported a high level of confidence. Nearly four in 10, in fact, have little or no retirement savings whatsoever. Many are even worried about covering basic living expenses once they leave the workforce.

The EBRI survey found that four in 10 workers today expect to retire at age 70, as opposed to the median expected retirement age of 65. The alternative? Relocate to an area where you can stretch your dollar without sacrificing your lifestyle.

To help Americans plan an affordable retirement while maintaining the best quality of life, WalletHub’s analysts compared the retiree-friendliness of the 150 largest U.S. cities across 40 key metrics. Their data set ranges from cost of living to retired taxpayer-friendliness to the availability of recreational...

Austin is one of the 10 Most Educated Cities in America based on ranking of the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan areas

To identify the most and least educated cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across two key dimensions, including “Educational Attainment” and “Quality of Education & Attainment Gap.”

We evaluated those dimensions using nine relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest educational attainment and quality of education.

Finally, we determined each metro area’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the metro areas in our sample.

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Austin Ranks #6 of WalletHub’s 2017 Best Big Cities to Live In

Big cities continue to get bigger – and fast! According to the United States Census Bureau, large urban centers are growing at nearly twice the rate recorded during the opening decade of the 21st century.  Big cities bring opportunity, economic growth and attract those looking to advance their professional careers. WalletHub used five key dimensions to determine their findings. 

 The 5 key dimensions

1) Affordability

2) Economy

3) Education & Health

4) Quality of Life

5) Safety


Austin Ranked #7 on a List of 8 Big Tech Hubs in America

Austin was ranked #7 on a list of eight big tech hubs in America. The growth of job postings for tech positions went up 9.9%. According to a study done by Indeed Hiring Lab, Austin continues to grow and doesn’t look like it’s going to change for a while.

The list of cities are:

San Jose, California

Washington DC, DC-VA-MD-WV

Baltimore, MD

Seattle, WA

Raleigh, NC

San Francisco, CA

Austin, TX

Boston, MA

The share of US tech-job openings in these eight hubs has been consistent for years, rising slightly from 26.5% in 2013 to 27.6% in 2016 and 27.4% in 2017. In other words, there hasn’t been a broad shift of technology jobs away from these hubs toward the rest of the country. Furthermore, the metros in the top eight have been almost unchanged over the past five years.‎

Obviously, the best part of Austin being on this list is the job opportunities. With major companies...

Austin's Stature as a Top Technology Hub is Reinforced in a New National Research Report

Austin's stature as a top technology hub is reinforced in a new national research report ranking it #7 among the top 25 U.S. tech cities. The top 25 tech cities were determined by analyzing the concentration of factors such as talent, capital, and growth opportunity – key ingredients that comprise a tech stew.

Some of the major categories (as defined by Moody’s Analytics) include:

  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
  • Computer and peripheral...

Austin ranks 3rd among large metros Creating the Highest Wage Jobs based on measures of the growth and vitality of the professional & business services sector.

As the Country moves toward full employment, at least as economists define it, the quality of jobs has replaced joblessness as the primary concern. The biggest challenge for most parts of the U.S. is not getting more people into the workforce but rather driving the creation of the types of jobs that can sustain a middle-class quality of life.

By far the nation's largest high-wage sector -- including such fields as law, accounting, architecture, advertising, engineering, scientific research and development, and computer systems design. New Geography took a greater look at which metropolitan areas are gaining the most professional and business services jobs and the trends that are driving some to pull ahead while others fade. The rankings look at employment in the sector over time -- assessing short, medium and long-term job trends and adding in variables for persistence and momentum as well.


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Austin Earns Spot #25 on List of Most Diverse Cities in America

Thanks to the rapid demographic diversification, America is undergoing an extreme makeover and soon you won’t even recognize her. Not only have the waves of immigration changed the face of the nation, this diversification also ushers in fresh perspectives, skills, and technologies to help the U.S. develop a strong adaptability to change. 

Economies that are open to embracing new ideas, generally fare better than those who are less willing to adhere to the new growth. Conversely, those relying on old ways and specialized industries tend to be more susceptible to the negative effects of market volatility.

WalletHub’s analysis tallied the scores across five major diversity categories for 501 of the largest cities in order to determine the most kaleidoscopic places in America. Within their research, they limited each...

Austin is a Top 10 Tech Market in Cushman & Wakefield’s inaugural “Tech Cities 1.0” report

Cushman & Wakefield explores tech cities in the U.S., including big players today and those to watch. TechCities 1.0 takes a close look at market drivers in an effort to distinguish tech cities across the U.S.

#1 Silicon Valley

#2 San Francisco

#3 Washington DC Metro

#4 Boston/ Cambridge

#5 Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

#6 Seattle

#7 Austin

#8 Denver Boulder

#9 San Diego

#10 Madison, Wisconsin

To learn the analytics used to complete this study please click here.