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
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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! There are hundreds...
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...
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-
- Population Growth
- Working-Age Population Growth
- College-Educated Population Growth
- Job Growth
- Increase in Ratio of Full-Time to Part-Time Jobs
- Median Household Income Growth
- Unemployment Rate Decrease
- Poverty Rate Decrease
- Growth in Regional GDP per Capita
- Increase in Number of Businesses
- Increase in Number of Startups
- Increase in Venture Capital Investment Amount
- Median House Price Growth
- Building-Permit Activity Growth
- Foreclosure Rate Decrease
The overall score Austin received for large, midsize, and small cities was 18th. Just for large cities Austin was ranked #1. ...
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 the warmer weather....
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 much more.
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 get to. Lastly,...
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 cities have...
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 going to...
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 for most,...
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 THE best...
Looking for something to do with your significant other, family, friends, or pet? The holidays are officially here which means you are most likely in the party spirit, or looking for some holiday spirits... Lucky for you, we have created a calendar with all the fun events going on in the Austin area until the end of the year!
Our list includes some of the locals favorite’s like, Zilker Trail of Lights, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker, and Zach’s Theatre Santaland Diaries. We also wanted to include a list of events and occasions that are absolutely free!
We understand that for most the holidays can put a stress on your finances; fortunately...
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 and paddle...
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,...
The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously approved the demolition of the concrete walls and slabs that make up the local attraction, Grafitti Park by an 8-0 vote. The Austin symbol and attraction is expected to be turned into a condo development.
The graffiti-smothered area, officially known as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, opened in 2011 to muralists following a South-by-Southwest event. The concrete walls and slabs that evolved into a public canvas were leftovers from a failed multi-family development from the 1980s.
Although the property is not considered historic by city standards, the Historic Preservation office said that because of its value to the community, the site cannot be demolished without "comprehensive photo-documentation of the existing conditions,' for preservation at the Austin History Center. Mid-City Development, the company that owns the current park site, will be responsible...
When choosing where to move next, it is important to consider a wide array of factors like work, family, and the start of a brand new chapter. Purchasing a new home is probably the biggest investment you'll make in your life and you want to be sure you make the right move. Trulia conducted an analysis to help those making a move in the new year to have the information needed to make a smart money move.
Trulia looked at the 100 most populated metros in the country, then used five key metrics to determine the 10 real estate markets with the highest growth potential in 2018: strong job growth, affordability, low vacancy rates, home search rates on ...
Scientific studies have established a strong link between a rash of earthquakes across Texas and new oil- and gas-related drilling techniques, and now the Lone Star State is equipped with one of the most cutting-edge methods in the country to measure and track seismic activity.
The University of Texas at Austin's state-funded earthquake monitoring system is called TexNet and is priced at about $4.7 million. The system was formed in 2015 and uses 22 permanent monitoring stations and 40 portable monitoring stations to track the Texas tremors.
The University recently unveiled a new online map -- using TexNet data -- that gives Texans accurate earthquake information and allows users to track quakes across the state in real time.
The online map pinpoints the location of every earthquake...