“Best City for ‘Best City'” Lists

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sure we can toot our own horn about Austin all day, but we are Realtors–that’s our job! Here’s proof from CNN, Forbes, Kiplinger, Sperling, Business Week and other “National experts” as to why Austin really is the BEST place to live!

Thank you to Lauren Modery’s blog on Culture Map for giving us the latest “Best of Austin” lists.

“If you are a young person, then there is no other place to live than Austin. Duh. Forbes named Austin #1 on America’s Best Cities for Young People. Portfolio.com decided to jump on the band wagon and also name Austin #1 out of 67 Cities for Young Adults. 67 cities! Kiplinger named us #1 of the Best Cities for the Next Decade, and Forbes again named us the #1Best City for Jobs. (By the way, you will discover in this article that Forbes is enamored by Austin.)

The Daily Beast named us #5 in their Best City for College Grads list, Sperling named us the #1 Best City for Dating, and Forbes, again, named us the 8th Best City for Singles. Oh, and Forbes also thinks we’re the #10Best City for Young Professionals. Moral of the story: Twenty-somethings ought to live their lives according to what Forbes thinks.

Don’t you feel forgotten, you mature silver foxes. CNN dubbed us the #9Best Place to Retire To, and Military.com says we’re the #3 Best City for Military Retirees. Golf.com named Austin the #1 City for Golfing, and though we’re not the aboslute best, Forbes still thinks we’re the 12th Best City for Shopping.

For you folks thinking of buying a house here, Austin was named #1 of the Best Bargain Cities by Yahoo Finance, and MSNBC says we’re the #14 slot out of 100 Cities to Raise Your Family. CNN thinks we’re just generally the #2 Best Big City to Live In, and Kiplinger thinks we’re the 5th Smartest Place to Live. I guess we’re a good city to work at home from because AOL’s Daily Finance says we’re #1 when it comes toAmerica’s 11 Best Cities for Telecommuters. Also, Forbes says we’re the #4 place when it comes to Earning a Living.

Often named the Silicon Valley of Texas, Austin is also a leading city for technology. We’re the #2 Most Innovative City according to, SURPRISE!, Forbes. Wired.com says we’re the 4th Top Tech Town, Business Week think’s we’re the 8th Best City for Tech Jobs, and Men’s Health says we’re the 8th Most Socially Networked City – beating out cities like L.A. and N.Y. by a long shot.

We all know that Austin is a diverse city with a never-ending plethora of things to do for folks with different strokes. For you artsy fartsies, Travel + Leisure Magazine says we’re the #3 Best Music City and Moviemaker says we’re the #5 Best City to Live, Work, and Make Movies in. We’re also a Growing Celebrity City according to CNBC. For you outdoorsy types, Outdoor Magazine says we’re the #4 Best City for Outdoorsy Things and Bicycling.com thinks we’re Nigel Tufnel’s favorite number #11 when it comes to Bicycling Cities. Advocate says we’re the #9 Gayest City, and Hispanic Magazine named us one of the Best American Cities for Hispanics. Oh yeah, and last but not least, Travel + Leisure says we’re the #8 Best Beer City.

Only #8?”

Still not convinced? Let us give you a tour ourselves! We are happy to show you why we have spent four generations here and why Austin continues to delight and entertain us!

About Katy

I am a 4th generation Austinite and a 3rd generation REALTOR with West Austin Properties. I specialize in buyer representation and would love to help you buy, sell or lease a home! Contact me for any of your real estate needs at Katy@WestAustin.com!