Austin Accolades 2018

Austin on List of 14 Cities That Give You FOMO

Have you ever heard of the phrase “FOMO”? If you have been hanging out with the millennial crowd, then you probably heard the phrase thrown around. If you haven’t heard this word before you might be surprised that it actually stands for something! Expedia recently released a list of the top 14 most FOMO worthy cities.

 

FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out

 

Austin was described perfectly by Katherine Wise, Communications Manager at Visit Austin- “Down-home, yet sophisticated. Laidback and bustling with high energy. Traditional and avant-garde at the same time. These qualities allow Austinites and visitors alike to embrace the city’s unique, often quirky, identity, and appreciate the traditions that it was founded upon.” She is also quoted “Over the past two decades, the...

Austin Ranked #2 on a List of the 10 Fastest Growing Airports in the U.S.

In a study done by Upgraded Points Austin ranked #2 on a list of the 10 Fastest Growing Airports in the U.S. With a growth rate of +62.92%, Austin Bergstrom International Airport is growing, but still not enough! Even though the Airport is growing at the second largest pace, it most likely will still not be able to keep up with the ever-growing population.

The study was done based off the information and statistics between 2007-2017. As we know, Austin has been growing in population at crazy levels so it’s not surprising that AUS had to keep up by building new gates and new security. If you have been in the Austin airport recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed the growth in restaurants, security stations, and terminals. Unique fact about AUS is that all the restaurants there are Austin based!!

The most surprising fact from this study was the growth between 2016-2017 accounted...

Austin Ranks #16 on List of the Most Relaxing Cities for a Vacation

Ever feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? Going on trips is fun filled with experiences, food, travel and more. Unfortunately, this usually leaves you feeling even more tired than before you left. Want to go somewhere that will make you feel more relaxed? In a study done by Remedy Review Austin ranked #16 on list of the most relaxing cities for a vacation!

Most people vacation in Austin for the music. SXSW and ACL bring in thousands of people every year. Austin is known for its music scene but staying up all night rocking out can be exhausting. If you really want to lay low and recharge AND hear some great music, come to Blues on the Green at Zilker Park over the summer. Blues on the Green is a free concert series over the summer where you can lay in the park and watch the sunset while listening to bands play.

Other fun, low maintenance, activities to do in Austin is eat!...

Austin & Round Rock are among the 20 Fastest Growing Cities in America and Austin is the fastest growing large city in ranking based on 15 demographic and economic measures.

According to a study done by Wallet Hub, Austin and Round Rock were in the top 20 on a list of the fastest growing large city in ranking. Wallet Hub used 15 different metrics when determining the top cities-

  1. Population Growth
  2. Working-Age Population Growth
  3. College-Educated Population Growth
  4. Job Growth
  5. Increase in Ratio of Full-Time to Part-Time Jobs
  6. Median Household Income Growth
  7. Unemployment Rate Decrease
  8. Poverty Rate Decrease
  9. Growth in Regional GDP per Capita
  10. Increase in Number of Businesses
  11. Increase in Number of Startups
  12. Increase in Venture Capital Investment Amount
  13. Median House Price Growth
  14. Building-Permit Activity Growth
  15. Foreclosure Rate Decrease

The overall score Austin received for large, midsize, and small cities was 18th. Just for large cities Austin was...

Austin Ranked #1 on List of Best Block Party Cities

BBQ, games, slip n slides, and sunshine are key components to a great block party. In a study done by Best Places, Austin was ranked #1 on a list of Best Block Party Places! Austin has amazing surrounding suburbs. Lake Travis, Travis Country, Manor, Westlake, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and many more are some of the top suburbs not just in Austin, but in the whole state. 

There are a few things to consider when throwing a block party, but the most important thing is safety. You will be having a party on a street and so you want to put up slow signs and keep an eye out on the roads. Children will be running around, and most likely alcohol will be consumed by the parents.

The second most important thing is food. There are a few different ways to do it. You can get it catered or ask everyone on the block to bring their own dish. If you decide on the latter, make sure you coordinate with everyone, so you don’t have all desserts...

Austin Listed as One of The Greenest Cities in America

Nearly three in four Americans believe that the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment. Living “green” means choosing to engage in in cleaner, more sustainable habits in order to preserve the planet as much as possible.

In order to determine the greenest cities in America, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities across four key dimensions: 1) Environment, 2) Transportation, 3) Energy Sources and 4) Lifestyle & Policy.

Austin is far ahead of the times, rolling out effective alternative transportation methods like electric scooters and bikes. It seems like the majority of Austin is always on the go. With companies like Lime, Bird, Uber, and Lyft releasing new scooters or bikes every month, it’s nearly harder to drive yourself. Preserving places like Zilker Park and Barton Springs is another factor. These beautiful places are packed and well taken care of during...

Austin Ranked #4 on a List of Most Pet-Friendly Cities in America

Have a friend covered in fur, feathers, or scales? Austin recently ranked #4 on a list of most pet-friendly cities in America! There are nearly 85 million households in the US that own a pet. The pet industry is projected to cost Americans over $72 billion dollars!

Over the last decade it seems as if pets are getting more and more pampered. For a while the only options for pet supplies were PetSmart or Petco, now you have endless options- especially in Austin. Locally-owned and operated, Tomlinson's Feed is Austin’s local pet supply store with the healthiest pet supplies. Not to mention it is now illegal in Austin to breed dogs. Austin is officially an “adopt don’t shop” city!

Austin is so pet friendly that you can take your pet nearly everywhere. Drive up and down the streets of downtown Austin and it’ll be hard not to see a dog. There are so many FREE amenities that you can do with your pet! Walk the green belt, workout on town lake, yoga with your dog, and...

Austin named Best College Town & City in America

Austin is a great city for all ages, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained. In a study done recently by Wallet Hub Austin named Best College Town & City in America! Did you know the average cost of student living expenses for 12 months is $26,200? The cost of living only seems to go up, so choosing the right college has never been more difficult.

The methodology for this study was determined by 3 factors; 1) Wallet Friendliness, 2) Social Environment and 3) Academic & Economic Opportunities. Living in an affordable town is more important than one would think. Austin provides some of the most unique, fun, and FREE activities all year round.

The social environment of Austin is like no other, notoriously “weird” and accepting of all people. With over 1,000 electric scooters and bikes you can travel any where quickly and for a very low price. Everything is accessible and easy to...

Austin was Named the Best City to Start a Business

Did you know that Austin was named THE BEST city to start a business? Austin tends to attract a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. There is the University of Texas, live music, reasonable cost of living, and the tech boom have been major factors in Austin’s ranking. The up and coming Silicon Valley of the South is here to stay and only get bigger.

Despite the fact that Austin is considered by most to be a “laid back” city, we have been proving otherwise that Austin is getting more and more fast paced. Austin is now growing 4 times faster than nearly all of Silicon Valley. Austin is the new Silicon Valley with all these major tech companies. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Drop box are all located in Austin and providing a tremendous amount of jobs, stability, and financial security. With all these tech hubs, Austin has been nicknamed the Silicon Valley of the South.

Other cities that followed close behind were, Salt Lake City, Raleigh, Nashville, San Francisco and San Jose. These...

Austin Placed 8th on List of the Safest Metro Cities in America

Moving to a big city can be frightening, there are many unknown people and greater opportunity for crime. In a recent study done by safewise, Austin placed 8th on a list of the safest metro cities in America! In 2017, Austin was ranked 26th. Austin has upped its game in public safety in the last year and continues to be more and more safe.

The population of Austin sits at approximately 950,000 and is only going to continue to rise. Even with this many people, the average “violent crimes” per 1,000 people sits at only 4. I don’t know about you, but this sounds much more appealing than Detroit, MI that has an average of 20.5 “violent crimes” for every 1,000 people.

Another statistic to look at is the “property crime” per 1,000 people. The average for Austin is right at 35 per 1,000 people. Not a bad number to be at considering cities like Memphis, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Oakland all sit above 50 per 1,000. Not the easiest places to feel safe!! If you’re...

Austin Makes the Top Ten List for “Best Foodie City in America”

Unless you have been living under a rock the last few years, you have probably heard the term “Foodie” in conversations or on the internet. From rainbow bagels to sushi burritos, I am sure you are curious as to what people are talking about. According to The Merriam Webster Dictionary the definition of a Foodie is:

a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads”.

Austin made the top ten list for “Best Foodie City in America” by a study done by Wallet Hub. If you have been around, you know that the restaurant scene in Austin has tremendously stepped its game up. With Korean BBQ, authentic Dim Sum, ice cream rolls, snow cones, and al the Mexican food you can dream of, you can see why Austin is the place to be.

One of the best parts about Austin is the brunch scene. Sunday is considered a day of rest...

Austin Named Best City to Live in America Right Now

According to a study done by Money Magazine Austin is the best city to live in right now! Out of a list of the top ten, Austin was named THE best place to live at the number 1 spot on the list. If you need some more reasons to move to Austin here are some factoids that are sure to make you rethink your current living situation-

-          Average Family Income: $87,389

-          Median Home Price: $326,562

-          Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 10.9%

Not only is the job growth projected to grow by over 10%, but the unemployment rate sits below the national average at just 3%. The job growth projection is contributed from small businesses but more importantly the tech boom. Large tech corporations like Dell, IBM, and Amazon are the biggest employment opportunities. Austin was named...

Austin Ranked in Top 15 on List of Most Fun Cities in America

It’s hard not to have a good time when you’re in Austin; live music on every corner, music festivals, amazing food and all the outdoor activities you can think of. Recently, Austin was ranked #14 on a list of the most fun cities in America. To no surprise, others at the top of the list were major metropolises like New York City, Las Vegas, and Miami.

According to a study done by WalletHub, the average American spends $3,000 dollars a year on entertainment. That’s a lot of money! Austin has a plethora of activities that are absolutely FREE. From art festivals to light shows, Austin is a great place to have a good time without breaking the bank. 

One of the determining factors of whether the city was fun or not, was the age that people were having fun. A successful city has entertainment for ALL ages, babies to senior citizens. Austin offers something for everyone, you can take it easy by going to the Texas History Museum or get active...

Austin Listed as Largest Boomtown in America

It’s no secret that Austin is growing like crazy. According to a recent study done by Magnify Money,  Austin, Texas was named the largest boomtown in America! Scoring in the top percentile of lowest unemployment ratings as well as showing the greatest five-year growth in population and housing.

With a large influx in job opportunities and an amazing climate, people are naturally wanting to move here. Austin has the highest workforce and earnings score as well as the largest drop of unemployment by 23%.

Showing the greatest five-year growth throughout the entire country, it’s easy to see the appeal. Now is a great time to be a buyer AND a seller in the Austin area.

Austin is a great place for great food, live music, and has an amazing nightlife. It's no surprise that Austin is experiencing major growth and development.

Cain Realty Group consistently ranks as one of the best real estate teams in the Austin TX for a variety...

Austin Is Named One Of The Top 10 Places To Retire In The U.S.

There are a lot of things to consider when thinking of retiring.  In addition to wondering when is the perfect time or what you will do once you retire, what may be the most important thing to ponder is where to live.  Do you continue living where you are currently, or do you consider a new location to live out your so-called golden years.

Finding an area or city to relocate to where you can get the most for your money and stretch out those dollars may be easier, yet where can you do this without sacrificing your current lifestyle?

According to a recent WalletHub study of over 180 U.S. cities, Austin, Texas was named the 8th best city in the nation to retire in.  While the study determined our Health Care to be mediocre, our scores for affordability and activities ranked towards the top.  

Austin consistently ranks as one of the top cities in the United States for a variety of reasons, and Cain Realty Group...

Austin Ranks #3 Best Performing Economy in U.S. Metros

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The source of America's prosperity is its big cities and the Business Insider recently ranked Austin, TX as the third best performing economy of all U.S. Metros. 

The study also shows steady economic growth for Austin, its ranking on the report over the years a bellwether of steady growth. In 2009, Austin ranked as the nation's 19th-strongest economy and by 2010, the city vaulted seven spots to earn its spot as the 12th-ranked economy in terms of strength.

The top rated areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for...

Austin Earns Spot on List of Best Places to get Married

Planning a wedding is no simple task, and most take months and even years to plan. It is the reason more couples hire a professional to do all the heavy lifting. Tying the knot is a huge commitment and with that comes a large financial commitment.

Wallethub took to the drawing board to compare and analyze more than 180 cities in the United States to find the cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations that also promise a memorable wedding day. After examining each city across 23 key indicators, Wallethub analysts have compiled a list of the Best Places to get Married in the United State, and you bet Austin made the list. Coming in at #11, Austin has a total score of 59.29. Read on to learn more about their methodology. 

In order to identify the best and worst cities in which to tie the knot, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the...

Austin Earns Spot on List of the Most Diverse Cities in the U.S

As America continues to grow, so does the amount of diversity in the Great Land of the Free! The 'great American melting pot' continues to diversify, bringing fresh perspectives, skills, and technologies to help the U.S. develop of strong adaptability to change. 

Wallethub has conducted a series of studies focusing on the diversity of the United States based on socioeconomic, cultural, and economic diversity. They tallied the scores across the five major diversity categories for 501 of the largest cities across 13 metrics. Our very own Austin, Texas comes out as #18 on the list of most diverse U.S. cities. Read on to learn more about WalletHubs methodology.

In order to determine the most diverse cities in America, WalletHub compared 501 of the most populated cities — limiting each state to no more than 10 cities each — across five key dimensions: 1) Socioeconomic Diversity, 2) Cultural...

Austin Makes List of Healthiest Cities in America

Location definitely matters when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, and WalletHub's recent study shows that some cities promote healthy living and make it much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Their study shows that some cities are going above and beyond to expand access to nutritious food and recreational activities, keep healthcare costs affordable and keep parks clean and well-maintained. 

With the United States' cost of living increasing, at the same time life expectancy is declining, it is important to be aware of how to best take care of yourself. There is no surprise that Austin, TX came out on top as the #17 healthiest city in the United States. Read on to learn more about WalletHub's methodology. 

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Austin Awarded #1 Best Place to Live

The U.S. News and World Report have named Austin the #1 Best Place to Live in the United States for the second year in a row. While this doesn't come as any shock, we are extremely excited to share the news. 

The Texas Capital took the top spot in the U.S News and World Report magazine's 2018 edition of its Best Places to Live in the U.S. list, which ranks major metro areas on a number of factors. These six factors included the following: unemployment, annual household income, cost of living, education, healthcare, and migration.

Austin beat out 124 of the United States largest metropolitan areas after being assigned a score in each of five different categories: desirability, value, job market, quality of life, and net migration. 

Top 10 “Best Places to Live”

  1. Austin
  2. Colorado Springs, Colorado...