Uchiko Executive Chef Paul Qui was crowned the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” Texas.
According to the Austin, TX government’s website on Austin demographics, Austin has some very impressive rankings of which to boast:
Austin is an incredible place to live, work, play and invest, and it’s easy to see why. Since 2011, Austin has received more than 50 local and national rankings, all of which you can check out below:
Also, to further add to Austin’s growing appeal: BizJournals also compiled a list of how Austin ranks among other top cities in the country:
In his article: “Austin ranked best for…everything and everyone” Author, Colin Pope points out yet another interesting twist on Austin’s curb appeal among American cities.
Courtesy of: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2012/07/20/austin-ranked-best-place.html?page=all
Austin ranked best for…everything and everyone
When our city can be named a best place for barbeque and burgers one week and then be deemed a haven for vegetarians the next, we must be doing something right. Here’s a list of the lists Austin has conquered so far this year.
Forbes ranked Austin No. 1 on its list of the best big cities for jobs.
The Fiscal Times just ranked Austin No. 2 on its list of The 10 Top Cities People Are Moving to in 2012.
A study from U-Haul backs that up.
And even for those who don’t — or can’t — move here, I’d like to point out that Austin is the second-best investment market in the United States, according to Realtor.com.
Census number crunchers peg Austin as the third-fastest-growing city in America. We’re gaining about 150 people a day. Round Rock was No. 2.
Austin is one of the best U.S. cities to find work, according to Adecco Staffing U.S.
Austin is the ninth-best city in the country for business and careers, Forbes found.
Forbes also ranked Austin No. 8 on a list of cities where a paycheck stretches the furthest.
Stretching that money here is good, because Austin is among the 25 best cities for shopping, according to Lucky magazine.
Austinites like to veg out, according to GrubHub Inc., which ranked the 10 most vegetarian-friendly cities in the United States. The Capital City took the No. 6 spot on the list, behind Seattle, San Jose, Calif., San Diego, Houston and Dallas.
But don’t fret, meat-eaters. We also have some of the country’s best barbeque and burgers. Austin ranks No. 13 on Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2012 America’s Best Burger Cities list and U.S. News pegged our barbeque at No. 5 in the country. Travel + Leisure also dubbed two local outdoor bars to be among the best in America.
Austin, with about 6 percent unemployment, was ranked by Rent.com to be the 10th-best city for college grads due to its low cost of living, interesting neighborhoods and burgeoning tech industry.
The No. 2 hotspot in the United States for technology startups is Austin, according to a list compiled by Payscale.com.
Austin retained the South’s small-business crown for the third straight year back in April.
Austin has been named a great place to retire by CBS Moneywatch.
With over half of the city’s men and women single, Austin ranked among the top five U.S. cities to find a date for 2012.
Austin was named the No. 6 most tattoo-friendly city in America by TotalBeauty.com. It based the rankings on the amount of tattoo and permanent makeup shops listed in several public directories such as Yellow Pages and Google Inc.
Austin has been ranked the ninth-fittest large city in the U.S., based on data compiled by MapMyFitness Inc.
Austin is in a six-way tie with Dallas, Fort Worth, Nashville, Tucson and Washington, D.C. for the No. 17 spot on a list that ranks the greenest cities in the United States.
But the EPA ranks Austin No. 8 for green power.
Austin has moved up one spot on a list of the largest cities in the United States, replacing San Francisco at No. 13. The Capital City had 820,611 residents on July 1, 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s up from 790,390 in 2010.
At the start of the year, Austin was dubbed by TheStreet.com to be among 10 cities poised for greatness in 2012. So far, looks like they got it right.
Austin is No. 38 on Sperling’s BestPlaces 2012 list of the most stressful U.S. cities. That’s pretty low for such a blooming city, so keep up the laid-back attitude, Austin.
And allow me to point out Austin’s absence on a list: Orkin’s top 50 cities for bed bugs. Phew.
Of all the universities in the world, Austin’s flagship school, The University of Texas at Austin, was ranked No. 30 by the Center for World University Rankings in Saudia Arabia — though I’ll bet if those folks came to a Longhorn football game we’d get a bump in their poll.
But you can’t win them all. In the interest of balanced journalism, here are the lists that Austin didn’t fare so well on.
The Live Music Capital of the World missed the top 10 on a list that ranks the top musical cities in the United States.
Austin motorists wasted an average of 30 hours stuck in traffic last year, ranking high among other U.S. cities with the worst commutes in the nation.
Apparently to some, Austin has a second-class social scene.
The Brookings Institute said Austin ranks No. 78 out of 100 U.S. cities when it comes to connecting employers with potential workers by mass transit.
For the sixth year in a row, Austin is ranked among the 10 U.S. cities with the highest percentage of residents who waited until the last two weeks to file their taxes. Although, this is perhaps the only procrastination I’d condone.
And finally, at the top of my list of head-scratchers, Austin was ranked the ninth unhappiest city for jobs, according to a list put out by Forbes.com.
Courtesy of: http://www.bestplaces.net/rankings/city/texas/austin
Ranked #1 Best Block Party Places
Ranked #1 America’s Best (and Worst) Cities for Dating
Ranked #2 Most Energetic Cities
Ranked #4 Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S. (Large Metro Areas)
Ranked #4 Best Cities for Teleworking – Medium Metro Areas
Ranked #4 Best Places for Military Retirees
Ranked #4 Most Secure Large Cities in the U.S.
Ranked #5 The Best Cities to Relocate to in America
Ranked #5 Cities on the Edge of Greatness
Ranked #7 Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster (Highest Risk)
Ranked #7 Riskiest Places for Natural Disasters
Ranked #9 Sleep in the City Study
Ranked #9 America’s Riskiest Online Cities
Ranked #10 Most Secure Places to Live 2011 (Large Metros)
Ranked #10 Healthiest Cities
Ranked #10 Best Baseball Cities
Ranked #14 Best and Worst Cities for Sleep
Ranked #14 Most Congested Cities
Ranked #18 Most and Least Risky Places for Identity Theft
Ranked #20 Most Competitive Public Colleges
Ranked #22 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #22 2005 High Gas Prices
Ranked #24 Best US Cities for Seniors 2011
Ranked #26 America’s Most Playful Cities
Ranked #27 The Most Single Cities
Ranked #29 Best Cities for Seniors 2005
Ranked #32 Fiscally Fit Cities Report
Ranked #32 Most Irritation Prone Cities
Ranked #32 Most Romantic Cities for Boomers
Ranked #34 The Most (and Least) Gender Imbalanced Cities
Ranked #35 Sleepless Cities 2011
Ranked #35 High Gas Prices – Which Cities are Hit the Hardest?
Ranked #38 Stressful Cities 2012
Ranked #38 Most Popular Cities for the Holidays
Ranked #40 Hypertension Hot Spots
Ranked #52 Best Green Cities
Ranked #60 America’s Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (100 Largest Metro Areas)
Ranked #65 America’s Migraine Hot Spots
Ranked #98 Drought-Riskiest Cities
Why Austin? Austin is ranked as the fastest growing city in America and has the cultural buzz to back it:
- Forbes names Austin America’s #1 Fastest-Growing City for second year (January 2014)
- Austin is the No. 1 City to Watch in 2014 by Forbes (December 2013)
- Bloomberg News ranks Austin #1 on its list of Top 12 American Boomtowns (April 2013)
- Business Insider ranks Austin the 9th most innovative city (February 2013)
- MovieMaker Magazine ranks Austin # 1 on its list of “Ten Best Cities in the U.S. to Live, Work, and Make Movies” (January 2013)
Why Austin? Austin is named as the “live music capitol of the world” and has the tourism, the revenue and the fanfare to support the claim:
With numerous festivals like SXSW, Austin City Limits, Fun, Fun, Fun Festival, The Reggae Festival, Blues on the Green, and not to mention the countless, live music venues that occur nightly throughout Austin’s many bar and club venues; it’s as if the city is looking for an excuse to have another festival.
Austin rankings and reviews:
- US News Travel ranks Austin 5th among America’s Best BBQ Cities. (March 2012)
- Fodor’s lists Austin among Top 10 Places to Travel this spring. (February 2012)
- MovieMaker Magazine ranks Austin #2 on its list of “Top Cities to be an Independent Moviemaker.” (February 2012)
- Lucky Magazine names Austin among the 25 best cities for shopping. (February 2012)
- Orbitz names Austin a travel hotspot in 2012. (January 2012)
- Newsday calls Austin a foodie and family friendly destination. (January 2012)
- TripAdvisor Inc. ranks Austin #2 among the top 15 U.S. vacation destinations on the rise for 2012. (January 2012)
- Travel + Leisure rank Austin among the top 3 Techiest Cities in America. (January 2012)
- Forbes names Austin as one of the top 10 cities for weekend vacations. (October 2011)
- Travel + Leisure names Austin as one of America’s Best Cities for Foodies. (September 2011)
- Bon Appetit names Austin’s restaurant, Congress, among the 10 best new restaurants in America. (August 2011)
- Forbes names Austin as the nation’s #1 “boom town” for the next decade. (July 2011)
- Portfolio.com names Austin the #1 city for young professionals. (June 2011)