Last year, Austin, TX kicked Denver, CO out of the #1 spot on the U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Places to Live in the U.S. - and this year it maintained its title! The list ranks the 125 largest cities in the U.S. based on the job market, quality of life, value, desirability, and net migration. These factors are graded on a 10 point scale and then averaged to get their final score. Austin came in at a whopping 7.7 overall, with its highest number being in net migration - a surprise to no one. Each day, over 150 people move to the Austin area, and the population growth isn't expected to slow down anytime soon.
Austin also ranked high on the desirability scale at 8.9. The U.S. News and World Report contributes this to the city's lively music scene, rich history, and plethora of things to do. From a diverse selection of food, over 250 parks and outdoor areas to enjoy, and hosting some of the country's biggest festivals every year, there's never a dull moment. The city also boasts a low unemployment rate compared to the rest of the country (3.2% vs 4.1%), and a consistently strong housing market. Overall, it's no surprise that Austin has taken the #1 spot as the best place to live for 2 years in a row, and we expect it to hold its place for many years to come.