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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 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 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 for 12% of the overall growth....

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 most...

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 #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! There are hundreds of unique restaurants...

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....

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 ranked #1.  Rapid city growth can...

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 the warmer weather.

Apart from...

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 much more.

In order to determine...

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 get to. Lastly, the night life plays a...

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 cities have many things in common,...

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 going to own a home in Austin,...

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 for most, but in Austin, Sundays...