Austin is one of the most loved cities in the nation, and it’s not hard to see why. We have culture, a strong economy and a climate that is enjoyable for 75% of the year. That being said, here are some of Austin’s latest accolades.
2nd Best City for Young Adults
MSN Real Estate recently released an article regarding which cites are the best for people in a certain stage of life. Not surprisingly, Austin made its was on to this list as the second best city in the nation for young adults. What makes Austin a good place for first time homeowners? For starters, Austin has a hip cultural scene that caters to the young and the young at heart. From hip BBQ joints and food trailers to festivals, canoeing, hiking (and of course live music) Austin offers a large and well-rounded variety of entertainment. But more important than the cultural aspect are the employment prospects. Austin has plenty of jobs, many of which consist of youth-friendly markets, such as music/film production, web design, game development and much more. Of course, there are plenty of more traditional jobs to be had, but technology is clearly an important piece of Austin. Given these exciting prospect, home ownership is a reality many young Austinites can enjoy.
6th Best Big City for Homeownership
According to Nerd Wallet’s analysis of which big cities are best to own a home in, Austin came in at #6 for a variety of reasons. The criterion to be included on this list was based on three questions: Are homes available? Are homes affordable? And is the city expected to grow? Based on these measurements, Austin came in at a strong number six on the list. Nerd Wallet states that in Austin, homes typically only cost 7-8 times the median income, making them affordable. In addition, Austin is projected to continue growing, meaning home values should continue to appreciate. Other benefits include the live music atmosphere and low unemployment.
7th Best City for Hipsters
This title bestowed by Travel and Leisure is one that Austinites wear with pride. Austin has fashioned itself into one of the “weirdest,” greenest and hippest cities in the nation. Given the long history of live music, the steady tech industry, and the emphasis on the arts, outdoors and supporting local businesses, Austin is definitely hipster-friendly. But non-hipsters can enjoy the fun, too. After all, there are just as many traditional forms of entertainment as there are avant-garde activities.
8th Best Place to Live
Placing 8th on Bloomberg’s top 20 list, Austin is ranked as highly as many other cities in the nation, given its high standards of education, environment, culture and more. Bloomberg noted that one of the most exciting parts of Austin is the fact that although we lack a professional sports team, the University of Texas longhorns deliver quite a show for all sports fan. Football games in the fall often draw crowds of 100,000, while other athletic teams produce world class Olympic athletes. Austin also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, Austin Film Festival and much more. There’s never an evening or weekend when there’s not something to do or somewhere to be. To give you an idea, Austin is home to more than 2,000 restaurants, 25 museums, nine colleges and numerous parks/greenbelts.
These are just a few of the many awards being given to our city. If you’re considering buying a home in Austin, there’s no better time to buy than the present. Be sure to check in with us regularly for the latest on Austin Real Estate and Austin news.