City Rankings – How Does Austin Compare To Your Hometown?

By Wendy Papasan | Things to Do in Austin

Jun 28

There are a million-and-one reasons to visit Austin and even more reasons to stay. Austin has been showing up on a lot of top ten lists for years (which may explain why 3000 people are moving here every month)! In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know why Austin is awesome, read on…

Austin State Capitol

Number One for Jobs

The job market is one reason to celebrate Austin. In 2011, Forbes voted Austin number one for “Best Cities for Jobs,” and in 2013 NerdWallet.com did the same. Austin hosts technology, health, business, education, government and entertainment jobs, so the career choices are diverse. Couple that with average earnings of $2000 more per year than the national average, and a relaxed laid-back environment at many offices, and you’ve got lots of happy workers.

Happy Workers

Austin’s city government aims for happy citizens. Voted the eighth Best Run City according to 24/7 Wall Street, Austin officials work hard to provide leadership, vision and sustainability and offer regular updates via the city’s main website and its Facebook page.

Austin is eco-friendly too! Many residents walk, bike or use public transportation regularly. In 2011, National Geographic named Austin number two in Texas  for its cooperation with the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program which aims to promote renewable energy. The city still has a way to go when compared with uber green cities who can really brave about 24/7 public transportation like Portland, OR or San Francisco or Boston, but we’re getting there. Certified green building and investments in clean energy also earned Austin a number ten spot on the Clean Edge Incorporated green list.

Real Estate in Austin, TX

Austin is a popular location, and the Austin Board of Realtors indicate that the real estate market in Austin is on fire! Austin and its surrounding areas have seen home sales soar 32 percent, and homes are now taking just weeks to sell. Want more details? Contact us for a free market analysis today (click here) or view our current home listings in Austin.

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Tons of Things to Do

Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is home to many live music festivals each year including SXSW, Austin City Limits, Fun Fun Fun Fest. Music can be found spilling out of clubs on Sixth Street, played by street-corner performers and at huge big-name events. Music lovers flock here for a one-of-a kind experience.

Music isn’t Austin’s only claim to the arts. Not only has Moviemaker said Austin is the top city for filmmakers, art museums are big here as well. For instance, the Austin Museum of Art downtown has constantly changing visual art attractions and the Mexic-Arte Museum preserves area culture in traditional and contemporary Latino and Mexican art.

As the state capital, Austin has a rich history. The Bob Bullock Story of Texas Museum is just one of many historical attractions. It’s a great museum that captivates visitors with displays and stories of Texas history and culture. Don’t miss the La Belle, La Salle’s ill-fated ship that was painstakingly excavated from Matagorda Bay on the Texas coast.

Family Friendly

Austin is family friendly too. From quiet cul-de-sacs, to community parks, to the Children’s Museum, Austin welcomes the entire family with open arms. Even four-legged friends will feel at home with 11 area dog parks. Finally, Austin has great shopping. Small businesses, unique boutiques and big malls can be found here and the Outlets are nearby in San Marcos.

The Austin Experience

If Austin feels like a city you’d like to live in and experience, search our current home listings today. You can find your dream home and join a wonderful community that celebrates the best in living!

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