2014 Austin Accolades, Awards and Positive Press

2014
Austin Real Estate Top Choice for Single-Family Home Investors

HomeVestors, a Dallas-based real estate business, has ranked Austin the number one market in the U.S. for single-family home investors. The list appears in a recent post on the Austin Business Journal website. Although several other cities made the list, David Hicks, HomeVestors ... Read more

Real Estate in Austin Ranks Highly for City Livability

Living in the Live Music Capital of the World comes pretty easily to Austinites. But how does Austin real estate fare in a comparison to the other great metropolitan areas of the country in terms of livability? A non-biased analysis done by Vocativ, a data-oriented news website, ranks Austin the ... Read more

Austin Area Real Estate Booming in 3rd Fastest-Growing City in America

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Austin’s population boom since 2000 has earned it the title of third fastest-growing big city in the nation. The increase is a 27.4% rise in the population count that was recorded in 2000. Austin’s population is up to 836,800, which is ... Read more

Austin Bergstrom Rated as one of the Best Airports in the U.S. and Canada

Travel-happy residents of Austin can take some added pride in their city now that Austin-Bergstrom International has been deemed one of the least-frustrating airports in the U.S and Canada. Bloomberg, a major global provider of 24-hour financial news and information, recently published “The ... Read more

Central Texas Loves Hispanic-Owned Businesses

For business-owners, there’s no better way to show support than to contribute to the businesses that you love.  A recent study reveals that in Central Texas, Hispanic-owned business are being showered with love, which is showing up in their revenues. Austin-area Hispanic-owned businesses ... Read more

Milken Institute Reveals Best Cities for Successful Aging: Austin Makes the Top 10

A brand new study on the best U.S. cities in which to age successfully was released by the Milken Institute this week. Austin made the top 10 rankings based on a broad set of factors. Unlike lists that name the best cities in which to retire, the new list includes cities that offer an aging ... Read more

Austin Named Among the Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

Millennials have been characterized for their idealism, optimism and innovation. The qualities that make them a unique generation also inspire many of them to become business owners. In fact, in 2011 alone, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation statistics shows that there were almost 160,000 ... Read more

Austin is 2nd Fastest Growing City for Families

With more and more people moving to Austin with their kids or giving birth to kids in Austin, it has become the 2nd fastest growing city in the country for families according to Forbes.  The rankings were based on data on the changes in the number of 5 to 14 year olds since 2000. This is ... Read more

Austin A Top City for Veterans, According to Study

USAA recently teamed up with Hiring Our Heroes, an initiative started in 2011 to help veterans and their spouses find jobs, and with Sperling’s Best Places, a website that rates the country’s  best places to live. The group assessed U.S. cities to find the Best Places for ... Read more

Urban Land Institute Issues Best-Ever Assessment for Austin Real Estate

Over the past four years, Austin real estate has garnered strong forecasts in the Urban Land Institute’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” annual reports. The report is a summary of data collected from real estate investment experts around the world. It’s prepared in ... Read more

Austin is #3 City in the Country for Kid Events & Activities

Website macaronikid.com was founded with two very specific goals: enrich communities and empower mom by connecting the libraries, schools, rec centers, community centers and all of the wonderful organizations and businesses that create programming and fun for kids and families with ... Read more

One Side of a Great Divide: Austin’s Economy Draws Strength from its Families

The Great Migration A great divide is developing in the U.S. due to a migration of families from large, expensive metropolitan areas to smaller, suburban regions. The divide is illustrated in a recent Forbes report that lists out the U.S. cities that are experiencing the highest growth-rate of ... Read more

Austin’s Rocket-Ride to Economic Supremacy Graphed

There surely isn’t a person in Austin who questions that this is far and away the best city in the state. Support of that sentiment has come in the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Economic Indicators report. Journalist Colin Pope authored a report in the Austin Business Journal ... Read more

Round Rock One of the Cheapest Places to Live, according to Kiplinger

Affordable housing in an area that boasts high incomes isn’t easy to come by. In the Austin metro area, however, there are great options that are seeing newcomers arrive in droves. Lured by large paychecks and affordable living, migrants are taking up residence in Austin’s suburbs with ... Read more

Outside Magazine Names Austin As One of the Top Ten Big Cities For Active Families

Outside magazine looked at the following to determine what big cities are best for active families:  cities where a high percentage of the population is under age 18, affordability, health, and access to large urban parks, trail networks, waterways, ski mountains, and other wild spaces. Any ... Read more

Austin Food Truck on Bon Appetit's Top 10 New Restaurants for 2014

In the backyard of Wonderland Bar in East Austin, you will find Bon Appetit's #8 best restaurant of 2014.  Thai-Kun is a food truck owned and operated by Chef Thai Changthong co-owner Paul Qui that serves Thai food with a unique twist.  All items on the menu are in the ... Read more

Austin Moves to #3 from #19 on Forbes 'America's Coolest Cities'

Forbes magazines' latest research of entertainment options per capita in metro areas around the United States put Austin on the list as the 3rd coolest city.  Austin has always been known for its music. However lately there have been many more entertainment options popping up around the ... Read more

Fastest Houses in the West: Austin Real Estate Selling Faster than in Any other U.S. City

California-based ZipRealty Inc.(Nasdaq: ZIPR), an online real estate brokerage and research company, analyzed numbers from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). They released their findings which showed residential real estate is selling faster in Austin than in any other real estate market in the ... Read more

Texas ahead of game in 'smart' homes

According to a recent article in the Austin Business Journal, Accenture Consulting has determined from research that Texas is a head of the game in "smart" homes.  Smart homes are homes that use technology and other sources to help cut cost in terms of power and water. Research is finding more ... Read more

Austin Cuisine Helps Texas Rank Near the Top for Best Food in the U.S.!

According to the website Thrillist, Texas ranks #2 in the country for best food.  Texas' ranking mainly due to the food found in the Austin area. You can see the full list here. According to the Thrillist website, "We're a quick, free, daily email.  Each weekday, we'll drop you a ... Read more

Austin Third on List of Cities Stealing Jobs from Wall Street

During the economic recovery since the Great Recession, large financial institutions have been shifting large percentages of their employment pool away from the traditional financial centers. An analysis by New Geography of recent and longer-term employment trends have identified the large cities - ... Read more

CNBC Names Texas the Second Best State for Business in 2014

Every year, CNBC scores all 50 states on 56 measures of competitiveness, which they developed from a variety of sources. Business groups, economic development experts, companies and the states themselves are consulted to come up with the key metrics that determine how competitive a state is in the ... Read more

Austin will be One of the Fastest Growing Metros Through 2020

In an analysis of large U.S. metro areas, Austin was named aside two other metro areas as being the three fastest growing metros through 2020. Conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the analysis findings were presented at the annual USCM meeting. Included in the report were impressive ... Read more

Austin is Top City for Small Businesses

Once again, Austin is a top city! This time it is for being the fourth friendliest city for small business.  Thumbtack.com and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation did the research and gave Austin a grade of A+ using data from a survey of small businesses nationwide and using factors including ... Read more

Austin Second Best City for Working Women

Personal finance website Nerdwallet recently conducted a study of 522 cities to assess which offered the best environment for working women. Three factors played into the evaluation, which include the average salary for women, income equality and population growth to gauge future job stability and ... Read more

Austin #1 City for Fitness Tribes

MyFitnessPal.com compiled a list of the best U.S. cities for fitness tribes and Austin took the top rank. According to MyFitnessPal, fitness tribes are “a group of two or more people who team up to engage in healthy behavior, build healthy habits, or achieve a health or fitness goal.” ... Read more

Austin One of the Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

In honor of Pride Month, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the most LGBT-friendly cities in the U.S. Metrics used to determine the list included the presence of a gay community (of course), LGBT-friendly laws and opportunities and LGBT safety and tolerance. Austin came in 7th overall, aided ... Read more

Austin ranked among top 10 U.S. startup cities in RJMetrics report

If you are looking for a great place to possibly relocate your family and also launch a startup, Austin TX may be the best bet.  Austin has consistently ranked high for startups over the years, and 2014 is no different.  The following was taken into consideration by Forbes in creating ... Read more

Austin Ranks Amongst Friendliest Cities for Startups

Being the capital of “The Friendly State” sets a standard in people’s mind about the city’s atmosphere. Austin seems to be living up to the perception, according to a new assessment by personal financial site NerdWallet. NerdWallet created a list of Best Cities to Start a ... Read more

Texas Continues to Dominate the Best States for Business List - For the Tenth Year

Over 500 CEOs in the U.S. responded to an annual survey conducted by Chief Executive Magazine. Business leaders selected for the survey were asked to assess states with which they were familiar. Determining factors included business regulation, workforce quality and quality of living. For the 10th ... Read more

Austin A Top City for Jobs in 2014

Once again, Austin has made one of the top spots on a “best of” list. In this case, the list of the best cities in the U.S. for jobs in 2014. Placing third out of 398 current metropolitan statistical areas, Austin scored highly specifically for it’s job growth rate of 4.1% in 2013 ... Read more

Improved Graduation Rates Give Austin Students a Boost in Urban Real Estate Areas

According to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Education Progress Report for the school district, Austin ISD graduation rates have increased from 74.3 percent in 2008 to an all-time high of 82.5 percent in 2012. The increase indicates improved quality of education, which in turn ... Read more

For New College Grads, Austin is a Top Pick for Starting a Career

Since the Great Recession, college grads have been entering the workforce burdened with debt and challenged by a widespread scarcity of available jobs. To make the transition from college life to real life a little less difficult, Livability.com has compiled a list of U.S. cities that provide the ... Read more

Many UT Graduate School Programs Rank High on Best School List

Many UT Graduate School programs have ranked high on a new Best Graduate Schools List recently released by U.S. News and World Report. For this 2015 edition of the report, multiple UT schools were classified in the top 15 of their respective categories, including the schools of business, ... Read more

Texas Ranks as Top State for Women Who Are Self-Employed

Texas ranks as a top state for women who are self-employed, according to a new report by the Center for Women in Business, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.   Texas came in second on the list, with 44.5 percent self-employed workers being female. Oregon came in at the ... Read more

Several Austin Neighborhoods Make U.S. Wealthiest List

Austin is home to nine of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, according to a recent report by Stephen Higley, a geography professor from the University of Montevallo. Higley analyzed Census data from 2010, and his results found that Austin's neighborhoods are less diverse than many other ... Read more

Austin Dominates Overall Economics Rankings Since the Recession

Nonprofit public policy organization, The Brookings Institute, assessed the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas and ranked each city on its economic performance since the Great Recession. Each metro was ranked based on four indicators: jobs, unemployment, output (gross product), and cost of homes. ... Read more

Austin Area Soon to Cross the 2 Million Resident Mark

Austin and its surrounding areas are expected to surpass the 2 million population mark next year, according to Ryan Robinson, a local demographer. This area, which includes Travis, Bastrop, Hays, Caldwell and Williamson counties, has been adding approximately 110 new residents per day.... Read more

Texas Predicted to Have Strong Job Growth in Next Quarter

Texas is predicted to have strong job growth in the next Quarter, according to the Manpower Job Outlook Survey released earlier this month. This survey polled over 18,000 employers from across the nation. Its results found that over twenty-one percent of polled employers in the state of Texas plan ... Read more

Austin Named the Fastest Growing City in U.S. by Forbes for 4th Consecutive Year

According to a recent report, the Capital City hasn't slowed down at all in 2014. Austin was named the fastest growing city in the U.S. by Forbes for the 4th consecutive year. This comes as no surprise to many living in the city, as an estimated 110 people move here each day, according to local ... Read more

Austin Technology Employees Among Highest Paid in the Country

Austin's technology industry employees are among the highest paid in the country, according to a recent report released by Forbes.  According to the report, Austin techies earned an average of $92,000 last year, which was a 3 percent increase from the previous year. In the report, Austin ... Read more

Over 100 Newcomers per Day Fuel the Austin Real Estate Market

Have you ever wondered how many people move to Austin on a daily basis? It’s pretty common knowledge that the city is growing rapidly, which is contributing greatly to Austin's amazing real estate market. With more people entering the city, the demand for homes for sale increases, too. We ... Read more

Austin Unemployment Rate Drops Even More

The unemployment rate in Austin has dropped even more as 2,300 new jobs were added to the city in December 2013. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the unemployment rate is now down to and unadjusted rate of 4.5 percent.  In December 2012, the local unemployment rate was at 5 percent.... Read more

Texas Ranked Top State in Exports for International Trade

Texas ranked first in exports for international trade Governor Rick Perry announced this past week that Texas ranked the number one spot for exports in international trade in the country. This is the twelfth year in a row that Texas had ranked at the top of this list, according to data ... Read more

Austin Named Top City in U.S. for Valentine's Dinner Date

With Valentine's Day around the corner, many procrastinators may be scrambling to set plans for this coming Friday. Good news for those in the Capital City, as Austin has been named one of the top cities in the U.S. for a Valentine's dinner date, according to real estate website Trulia. Austin made ... Read more

Austin Named Top Large City for Employment Growth in U.S.

Austin has been named the top performing large city for employment growth and sustainability in the U.S. by the Milken Institute, an independent non-profit research website offering studies in areas including business, finance, government and philanthropy. This economic report measured various ... Read more

Austin a Top City in U.S. for Jobs

Austin has once again been named a top city for job seekers in the country, according to a new report published by NerdWallet Finance, an independent finance website featuring user-friendly tools and resources for consumers. Austin was ranked in the number one spot on the list, in part due to ... Read more

Austin Market Strong for Luxury Homes in 2013

In 2013, Austin has increased luxury homes sales significantly from previous years according to a new report The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. This Texas Luxury Home Sales Report, released Monday, shows that Austin a strong force in luxury sales in the state.  Luxury Homes ... Read more