2013 Austin Accolades, Awards and Positive Press

2013
Austin Economy Named on Most International List in New Study

The Austin economy was named on a Most International List in the country by a recent study released by Brookings Institution. The study evaluated economies of other cities in the nation based on statistics from 2010.  The Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos area ranked ninth in percentage of ... Read more

New Report Estimates Austin to Have Top Growing Metro Economy for 2013-2014

A new report estimates that Austin will have the top growing metro economy from 2013 to 2014. This report was created for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and was compiled by international forecasting and information company IHS Global Insights.  This new report projects that the Austin-Round ... Read more

Austin Ranks High for Top Commercial Real Estate Markets

Austin has been ranked as one of the top commercial real estate markets in the country, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute. The UIL recently published the Emerging Trends in Real Estate review for 2014 to coincide with its annual conference that took place in Chicago this ... Read more

Austin Named A Top Energy-Efficient City

Recently Austin was named a top energy-efficient city in the U.S., according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Capital City placed 6th overall on the ranking.  The ACEEE is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. The group conducts research ... Read more

Austin Ranked Top Economy in Country

Once again, Austin ranked the top economy in the country, according to The Business Journals' On Numbers. Austin seized the No. 1 spot on the list for many factors, including its steady job-creating power.  Austin has held the top spot on the list for 8 out of 10 months during the current year.... Read more

Austin Named Top City for Veterans to Find Jobs

Austin has been named a top city for veterans to find jobs, according to a recent USAA and Hiring Our Heroes study. Austin ranked the 5th top city in the country for U.S. veterans to find employment.  Austin Homes for Sale This study was conducted by research website Sperling's BestPlaces. ... Read more

Why People are Moving To Texas

According to a recent article published in Time Magazine, Texas is the future of our great nation. It's not a coincidence that so many people are moving to Texas. There are more jobs in the Lone Star State, as well as cheaper housing, lower cost of living, and many other factors that have led to a ... Read more

Austin Named a Hot Spot for Hotel Development

Austin is one of the top hot spots for hotel development in the country, according to the New York Times. Austin has one of the most active markets in the country for new construction with 8 new hotels currently scheduled to open in the next 3 years, totaling over 4,000 new rooms for the city.... Read more

Austin Named A Top City for Entrepreneurs

Austin has been named one of the top cities in the world for entrepreneurs according to Forbes columnist Patrick Hull. This up-and-coming city has is not just a great place to live, according to Hull. Austin is a great incubator for business entrepreneurs.  Success from the large annual events ... Read more

Austin Ranked One of Safest Major Cities in the Country

Austin has been ranked among one of the safest major cities in the country according to the FBI's Unified Crime Report. Austin jumped up to the No. 2 spot for cities with populations over 500,000. Previously Austin was ranked 3rd the previous year. The FBI study showed that as a whole, violent ... Read more

Austin Unemployment Rate Nears Perfection

Austin's unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent last month, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. This indicates a decline from 5.6 percent the previous month, and also down from the 5.9 percent rate this same time last year. Economists estimate that a healthy unemployment rate ranges from ... Read more

Austin Tops List for Most Thriving Cities in Nation

Austin ranks high on yet another list. This time the Capital City was named the 4th Most Thriving City in the United States by online news site, The Daily Beast.   Many factors contributed to Austin's ranking as one of the country's top thriving cities. The Daily Beast analyzed information ... Read more

Austin Eatery Makes U.S.'s Most Beautiful Restaurant List

Local Austin eatery Green Pastures was named one of the most beautiful restaurants in America according to Zagat.com. This restaurant is located inside a gorgeous Victorian-style 1894 estate in the Bouldin Creek area of South Austin.  Green Pastures is a popular Austin eatery, especially for ... Read more

Experts Conclude Austin Not in Housing Bubble

Experts conclude that the recent increase in Austin home values is not a housing bubble forming, but genuine price increasing directly from population and job growth in the area and lack of available housing.  A housing bubble forms when home prices drastically increase over a period of ... Read more

Austin to Host X-Games Starting in 2014

Austin has been chosen to host a stop on Global X-Games circuit for a four year contract starting in 2014. The first round of Austin X-Games are scheduled for May 15-18, 2014 at the new race track, Circuit of the Americas, located approximately 20 minutes from downtown. Austin won the bid, beating ... Read more

UT Named One of Top Universities

The University of Texas has been ranked high on multiple lists for top colleges in the country, as well as in the world. UT is also recognized as a best value for higher education.  The University of Texas ranked number 26th out of the top 100 schools in the world according to the 2013 report ... Read more

Austin Grows to 11th Largest City in the Nation

According to new Census data, Austin has now grown to the 11th largest city in the nation. This is a surprising jump from the 13th spot that Austin held last year.  Austin has now passed both Jacksonville, Florida and Indianapolis, Indiana for population size.   The data included in this ... Read more

Record Month of May for Home Sales in Austin

May 2013 marked the most volume of homes sold in the greater Austin area, according to the Austin Board of Realtors. The real estate market has been strong in the area for some time, and continues on an upward rise.  2,991 single family homes sold in this May, which is a 29% increase from the ... Read more

Austin's Changing Skyline

The city of Austin has experienced much growth and change over the years, especially in more recent times. The Capital City seems to rank high on so many lists these days because of affordable housing, a strong real estate market, and employment opportunities just to name a few.  Austin will ... Read more

Austin Ranks High in Clean Technology Leadership

Austin ranked 11th in the country for clean technology leadership according to the 2013 Clean Technology Leadership Index reported by Clean Edge, an advisory and research board that was founded in 2000 specializing in the clean technology sector.  The index ranks cities across the country ... Read more

Austin Home to Four of the Top Family Friendly Eateries

Four of the Top 100 family-friendly restaurants in the US are located in Austin, Texas, according to a new list from Urbanspoon, one of the country's leading providers of time-critical dining data.  Urbanspoon compiled its list from reviews from both diners and professional food critics.... Read more

Austin on Four Month Streak for Top Economic Strength

According to numbers released by On Numbers Economic Index, Austin again leads the nation in economic strength for the fourth straight month in a row. Austin ranked the No. 1 spot for over 102 markets with populations over 500,000. Austin's leading streak has kept the capital city in the top spot ... Read more

Austin Homes Sell Fast

According to new statistics released by the Austin Board of Realtors, homes in the capital city are selling quickly. The average Austin home sells within 6 weeks of being put on the market according to ABOR, which is 19 days faster than a year ago. Many homes are going even quicker. The team at ... Read more

See Austin's Cool House Tour Showcase This Weekend

This weekend marks the 17th annual Austin Cool House Tour featuring 10 homes in the Austin area. Each of these properties features energy efficient construction as well as smart and green technologies. The tour will be available on Sunday, June 2 from 10 am to 6 pm and includes homes in various ... Read more

Austin Ranked High for Best Large Cities for Working Women

Austin, Texas ranked the 4th best large city in the country for working women, according to a new report from personal finance service NerdWallet.com. The study included over 366 metro areas across the nation. Each city was ranked on four separate criteria, including highest pay, smallest gender ... Read more

Unemployment Rate in Austin Dips

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the unemployment rate in Austin took a slight dip for April 2013. Previously the jobless rate was 5.3%, and fell to 5.1% last month.  In April 2012, the rate was 5.6%. Austin ranks below the national average for joblessness at 7.1%. Texas employers ... Read more

Austin Ranks High for Fastest Selling Homes

According to a recent report from brokerage firm Redfin, Austin is at the top of the list when it comes to selling homes fast. Austin ranked 5th in the country for most amount of homes to go under contract within 24 hours of listing.  Other cities that topped the list included Dallas, Houston, ... Read more

Austin Recognized as Friendliest City in US for Small Businesses

Austin ranked the Number 1 Friendliest City for Small Businesses in a new report released by San Francisco based company Thumbtack.com and Kansas City based Kaufman Foundation. Data was collected in nationwide survey of over 8,000 business owners.  Factors that contributed to Austin's top spot ... Read more

Banks Predict Home Prices To Continue to Rise in Coming Years

Two of Austin's largest banks predict that home prices will continue to rise over the next couple of years. Both Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase released forecasts this past Quarter that housing prices will steadily increase throughout the rest of the year, and continue on through 2015.... Read more

Austin Ranked Top City for Young Adults

According to The Business Journals, Austin is the #1 top city for young adults in the US. The Business Journals ranked 102 metro areas across the country with populations over 500,000, and found Austin to be a land of golden opportunities for young adults in the 20 to early 30's age range looking ... Read more

Austin and Travis County Rank High on Fastest Growing List

In a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, both Austin and Travis County ranked high on the list for fastest-growing areas. The data collected to compile these lists constituted birth and death records as well as survey and administrative data collected by the Bureau. Austin-Round Rock, Texas, ... Read more

Austin Ranked Top in State's Metro Areas for Well Being Index

According to a recent report by Gallup Healthways, Austin leads Texas' metropolitan areas for best overall healthy living in a published Well-Being Index. Categories that were evaluated in the study included physical health, life evaluation, basic access and healthy behavior.  Austin also ... Read more

Austin Ranked No 1 City for Young Entrepreneurs

Austin earned the top spot for large cities for young entrepreneurs, according to a new list published by Under30CEO.  Cities across the country were analyzed, and those that made the cut must have populations over 500,000 to be considered. Cities were ranked on categories including local ... Read more

Austin Named No 1 Fastest Growing City in America for 3rd consecutive year

Austin nabbed the No. 1 spot for the third year in a row on the Forbes' list of "America's 20 Fastest Growing Cities."  Several factors contributed to Austin ranking highest on the list again. The capital city's economy has been booming in part due to the growing student body at the University ... Read more

Austin Named Top City in Nation for Small Business

Austin ranked at the top of the list for the country's best cities for small businesses, according to a new study by The Business Journals. According to The Business Journals, the capital city ranked so high due to its great conditions and growth opportunities for small businesses. The study ranked ... Read more

Austin Named in Top 10 on Most Affordable Housing List

Austin was just named in the Top 10 on a new list of Most Affordable Housing from ZipRealty Inc.  The capital city ranked 7th on the list, behind other Texas cities Houston and Dallas-Ft. Worth.  ZipRealty evaluated data from the Us Census Bureau and multiple listing services over a two ... Read more

Austin Named No. 1 City for Job Seekers in New Report

Austin topped a new list of "Best Cities for Job Seekers" published by NerdWallet.com, an online personal finance site. The capital city beat out many other Texas locations as well as larger cities across the country for the number one ranking on the list.  Austin's high population growth rate ... Read more

Austin Ranks High on Best Cities List

In a new ranking from the Milken Institute of the best cities in the U.S., Austin ranked at the top of list, coming in at number 2. Three Texas cities placed in the top 10 of the report, and seven cities from the Lone Star State made the full list of 200. Austin has moved up two spots from the ... Read more

Austin Ranked 7th for Nation's Top in Economic Recovery

Austin has been ranked 7th for economic recovery in a report released by the Brookings Institute. This list includes the top 100 metro areas in the country. The cities were examined on how they have bounced back from their lowest recession point in terms employment, as well as economic production ... Read more

Austin Keller Williams Makes List for Best Work Places

Fourteen companies in Austin have landed on Best Companies Group's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. Austin Keller Williams Realty is among these fantastic companies to be on this elite list. The process of ranking companies for the top 100 list includes examining employer ... Read more

Austin Named on List of Most Surprising Markets

In a new list published by New York firm Realty Pin, Austin was named as one of the country's most surprising real estate markets for this past year. The capital city was ranked 4th on the list. The report observes that though it may not be one of the largest cities examined, Austin has a strong ... Read more

Economist Predict Austin's Economic Boom to Continue Through 2014

Local economist Angelos Angelou predicts that Austin's economic boom will continue on through 2014. Last year, Austin welcomed over 65,000 new residents and created over 26,000 new employment opportunities. Over 1,200 new businesses were founded. Angelou expects that these trends will continue over ... Read more

Downtown Austin New Condos Reach Average of $1 Million

The price of brand new condos in Downtown Austin reached a new average of $1 million. This is the first time that new Austin condominium sold prices have averaged so high, according to Downtown Austin Blog. Captiol Market Research released these numbers for new construction sales made over the past ... Read more

Home Prices are Up in Austin Area

Austin home prices are up 7.3 percent in the past year according to a report from Corelogic. On average, Austin homes have increased around 7 percent each year, and nearly 1 percent month to month, not included sales of distressed homes (those in foreclosure or possibly mortgage delinquency).... Read more

Austin Makes List for Best Run Cities in U.S.

Austin makes the list of Best Run Cities in America, coming in at No. 9. In 2011, Austin had a stronger economy than almost any other large city in nation, and our unemployment rate was lower than the national average. Austin was also able to avoid the housing crash as the medium home value ... Read more

Austin Tops List for Highest Percentage of Job Gains over the Past Five Years

Austin is at the top of U.S. for most job gains in the past five years. During this time Austin has regained all of its private-sector jobs that were lost during the recession. From 2007 to 2012, Austin has gained over 45,000 jobs and experienced a 7.49 percent gain according to the Business ... Read more

Austin Area Population Reaches Record Milestone

The Austin metropolitan area reached a new population milestone this year. According to the Austin Business Journal, the area has reached a statistical population of over 1,870,000 last month. When a popluation reaches a number with four or more zeros and the end, it is considered a milestone. We ... Read more

Austin Cracks the Top 10 on Trulia's Healthiest Metros for Housing in 2013

Year after year Austin is chosen by various websites and news outlets for being one of the nation's top real estate markets.  Once again Austin is chosen, and this time it's Trulia giving Austin the accolades.  We think Austin should have grabbed the top spot in this recent prediction, as ... Read more