Fun Austin Facts

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

...

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...

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 small university town...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.  ...

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....

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 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...

Austin Holiday Events

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;...

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...

Ultimate Austin Summer Guide

Ultimate Austin Summer Guide

Summer is FINALLY here, and there is SO much to do! Thanks to DO512 and Austin Plumbery, we've got the ultimate guide to Summer in Austin, a jam-packed list of ideas, events, and activities to keep the whole family entertained and active this summer in Austin!

Splash Pads

  • North Austin --> Bailey - 1101 W. 33rd St.
  • East Austin --> Chestnut - 1404 E. 16th St.
  • South Austin --> Liz Carpenter Fountain - 1000 Barton Springs Rd. 
  • West Austin --> Clarksville - 1811 W. 11th St.

Free Pools

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