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Austin named 2018 Best Place to Live

By Megan Menchaca

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For the second year in a row, Austin has claimed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.”


U.S News ranks the 125 largest cities in the country based job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration.  These indexes graded each of the cities each on a 10-point scale and then averaged them for an overall score.


“When deciding on a place to settle down, it’s important to understand that where a person lives can impact their well-being,” said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News. “U.S. News created the Best Places to Live to highlight areas across the country that have the characteristics residents are looking for, including steady job growth and affordability.”


Overall, Austin earned a 7.7 out of 10. Austin scored highest in the net migration category with 9.4 and scored lowest in value and quality of life, with a 7.1 in both



“Residents like to escape the urban bustle with a hike, bicycle ride, jog, kayak or canoe ride in one of more than 250 parks,” said Eva Ruth Moravec, U.S News Contributor. “Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin houses many establishments where residents can enjoy good tunes, and those who are looking for a great dining experience will enjoy Austin’s bustling culinary scene.”

The top 10 cities, in order, are Austin, Colorado Springs, Denver, Des Moines, Iowa, Fayetteville, Portland, Huntsville, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Seattle.

The list also included nine other Texas cities on the list, none of which made the top 10.  The cities were San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Killeen, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, McAllen, and Brownsville.


To see what else U.S News had to say about Austin, check out the article here.