Austin Accolades 2019

U.S. News Ranks Best Places to Live — and Austin is No. 1

For the third year in a row, Austin tops the annual report conducted by U.S. News.  Every year, this in-depth report analyzes several factors, such as quality of life, the job market and housing affordability.  

An overall score of 7.6 punched Austin's ticket for this prestigious honor.  Net migration and Desirability were among Austin's highest scores, with Quality of Life and Job Market also placing well.

In looking at the overall report, Austin was amongst the nation's worst with regards to transit.

Other nearby cities also were in the top 50, with Dallas-Fort Worth ranking 21st, Houston at 30th and San Antonio at 34.

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Austin is one of the 15 Happiest Cities in America

What factors contribute to your happiness? In a study recently done by Wallethub, Austin ranked #14 on list of happiest cities in America! Especially with the nice weather approaching, it’s easy to be happy in Austin. There are so many opportunities, activities, and places to experience.  

For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being. However, money can only make you so happy – people who make $75,000 a year won’t get any higher satisfaction from more money.

As this study aims to illustrate, moving to a certain city may help you be more content. WalletHub drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine...

Austin Ranks #3 on list of the Life Sciences Industry’s Next Hot Spots

According to a study done by CBRE Austin ranks #3 on list of markets emerging in the life sciences industry next hot spots. The life sciences revolution is occurring at a rapid pace.

Ranked on the basis of recent life sciences employment growth, number and concentration of key scientists, NIH funding, quality and quantity of educational institutions providing life science graduates and medical research and health services institutions, and number and concentration of high-tech workers.

Right now, the areas leading the nations life sciences clusters.

San Diego

New Jersey

Raleigh-Durham

Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

These cities round out a second tier of primary life sciences markets in the U.S. Emerging life sciences hubs that offer a growing source of life sciences talent include:

Seattle

Houston

Austin

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Austin Ranked One of the Hardest Working Cities in America

Being successful doesn’t come easy. You must work hard to see the results you want. Unless you win the lottery, you’ll never be successful being lazy. Austin ranked one of the hardest working cities in America according to a study done by WalletHub. Americans on average put 1,780 hours per year- that’s 70 hours more than Japan, 266 more than the U.K. and 424 more hours and Germany.

The methodology used in determining the hardest working cities was based on a few factors; Average workweek hours, employment rate, share of workers leaving vacation time unused, average commute time, average leisure time, and share of workers with multiple jobs.

Interesting enough, the cities ranked the highest had some of the US’s best economies.

Here is the top ten: (You can see the full list here...

Austin on List of North America's 10 Most Romantic Cities

Are you and a special someone looking to get away for a romantic getaway? Austin was recently listed as the 4th most romantic city in North America. When looking for a vacation spot people have many different needs. Lucky for you, Austin has a lot to offer, making it an ideal place for everyone.

The list goes as follows: (see the full article here)

  1. Nashville, Tennessee
  2. Quebec City, Quebec
  3. Savannah, Georgia
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Greenville, South Carolina
  6. Norfolk, Virginia
  7. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  8. Victoria, British Columbia
  9. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  10. Napa, California

“Live Music Capital of the World” Austin is home to many shows. The longest-running concert music program in the U.S., is recorded at ACL Live in the Moody Theater and features talented artists and comedians. It’s also worth a...

Austin Named the Best State Capital to Live in!

Austin is named the best state capital to live in according to a study done by WalletHub! Austin was at the top of the charts on all four methods. Ranked 12th in affordability, ranked 1st in economic well-being, 4th in quality of Education and Health, lastly, ranked 4th in quality of life. 17 of the US capitals are the largest cities in their state, unlike Austin. Some capitals have rampant poverty problems. For example, over 30 percent of the population of Harford, CT lives in poverty, compared to 12.7% of the entire United States.

The lowest Austin ranked was in affordability and it still ranked 12th. Austin is a capital that has the highest median household income AND a very low unemployment rate. Austin is affordable because nearly everyone...

Austin Ranks #1 as The Smartest City by AT&T!

Austin ranked #1 on AT&T’s list of smartest cities in Texas. The methodology was based on 3 major factors of Connectivity, Transportation, and Green Infrastructure. Austin ranks #1 in Transportation and Green Infrastructure

Internet: Austin’s internet connectivity is off the charts. It ranks first in percentage of population with access to broadband internet (76% overall) and is in the top five for percentage of the population owning a computing device (96%). Apple took note of Austin’s connectivity efforts, and announced Austin as the location for its new campus. Another large internet boost for Austin is Google Fiber. Fiber is one of the fastest internet services and Austin was named one of the cities to host the test trial.

Transportation: Public transportation in Austin is equally progressive, and the city ranks first in this category. Austin was chosen to participate in Transportation...

Austin Tops Milken Institute’s Annual Ranking of Best-Performing Cities

Austin tops Milken Institute's annual ranking of best-performing cities. We all know that Austin is growing. Tech industry is BOOMING and Austin has been doing their best to keep up with the influx of people. There is not only a lot of job opportunities, but also amazing unique experiences. Restaurants and hotels are popping up left and right making it not only a great city to live but also a great place to visit.

Companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, HEB, and many more are creating a sustainable AND enjoyable economy. Austin’s growth has been something to watch over the last decade with the population sitting right under 2 million people. Not only are people moving here, they are staying here.

The List included cities below:

  1. Provo-Orem, Utah
  2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  3. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  4. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California...

Southeast Austin Makes List of Hottest Neighborhoods Taking Off in 2019

Don’t you wish you were ahead of the real estate game? Southeast Austin makes Trulia's list of hottest neighborhoods taking off in 2019! Southeast Austin has ample space and land for large communities. The best part about SE Austin is that its very close to downtown! The study was conducted by looking at the year-over-year change in home values, median days on market, and the change in days on market since the previous year.

Austin is home to the original Whole Foods Market, Barton Springs Pools and SXSW festival, it’s also a town of beautiful neighborhoods. Locals love South Austin’s easy access to Zilker Park and Town Lake. Packed with restaurants and coffee shops, and across the street from McKinney Falls State Park, this is the neighborhood to browse for an affordable Austin home...

Austin is One of the Healthiest Cities in America!

Location matters when it comes to health. Some places promote wellness by expanding access to nutritious food and recreational facilities. Others strive to keep healthcare costs affordable for everyone or keep parks clean and well-maintained. When a city doesn’t take care of these issues, it can be hard to keep up good health. Lucky for Austinites, these issues are taken care of. In a recent study done by WalletHub, Austin ranked #14 on list of healthiest cities in America!

In order to identify the overall healthiest cities in the U.S., WalletHub compared 174 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across four key dimensions:

1) Health Care

2) Food

3) Fitness

4) Green Space

If you live in Austin, you know that of these 4 factors, 3 of them are where we thrive most. Without getting too far into politics, the healthcare...

Austin Ranks #1 Best City for Dating

Are you single and ready to mingle? Dating at any age can be incredibly intimidating. If you are single and live in Austin, you’re starting in the right place. In a recent study done by Apartment List, Austin ranked #1 for the best city for dating. Austin is thriving in all ways of the matter. Large job and population growth that brings in new eligible singles every day!

The data shows that there are better dating opportunities for singles with higher levels of education. Thanks to some new developments and corporations, Austin is filled with not only singles, but SMART singles. There is nothing better than connecting with someone through high level conversation. Overall, 32.5% of college-educated singles were satisfied with dating opportunities, while only 25.3% of non-college-educated singles were satisfied. Finding like minded people can boost your own happiness.

You can’t help but wonder what other...

Austin Takes 2 Spots on List of the Top 15 Music Festivals in 2019

Do you love live music? Music festivals? If you answered yes, then Austin is the place for you. In a recent study done by festicket Austin has TWO music festivals that made the list of the top 15 music festivals in 2019!

The list in no order:

Coachella – Indio, California

Lollapalooza – Chicago, Illinois

South By South West (SXSW) – Austin, Texas

Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago Illinois

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, Texas

Ultra Music Festival – Miami, Florida

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Austin Ranked #4 on List of Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

Do you work in STEM cell research? If not, you might actually consider going back to school for a few years- According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions grew at over twice the rate that non-STEM jobs did between 2009 and 2015. Most types of STEM jobs will also expand faster than all other occupations until 2024. In a recent study done by Wallet Hub, Austin was ranked #4 on a list of the best cities for Stem Jobs.

Another reason working in STEM is that it is very lucrative. Given their growing demand, the job market is known for paying very well. Their pay/salary is much higher than...

Bloomberg Names Austin as a Winner in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge

Mike Bloomberg recently named Austin as a winner in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. The Climate Challenge is designed to deliver on America’s Pledge and help keep the United States in the Paris Agreement.

Austin, among other cities, was chosen as winners in a two-year acceleration program that will provide powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat their near term carbon reduction goals. The American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million dollar program designed to catalyze efforts to reduce climate change and keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement.

Each Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge winner is provided technical assistance and a support package worth up to $2.5 million to help them achieve their carbon reduction goals. Resources include a philanthropy-funded team member to facilitate the development and passage of high-impact policies, training for senior leadership to assist with implementation of their proposed climate plans, and citizen engagement...

Austin Ranks #1 on List of The World’s Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2019

Who doesn’t love beer, food, and fun? In a study done by Vine Pair, Austin Ranked #1 on List of The World’s Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2019.

The cities that made the list of top ten were:

10. Paris, France

9.   Seattle, Washington

8.   Tokyo, Japan

7.   Rochester, New York

6.   Raleigh, North Carolina

5.   Los Angeles, California

4.   Atlanta, Georgia

3.   New Orleans, Louisiana

2.   Berlin, Germany

1.   Austin, Texas

You’re probably wondering where the usual suspects are like, Belgium, Munich, and Portland. Well, the interesting thing is that there are now over 7,000 breweries in the U.S. alone! The competition to be the best is only getting more intense. Asia and Europe are no longer untouchable. The U.S. is showing that they can keep up with the brewing industry....