Pack your bags: it's time to head to sunnier skies in North Dakota.
At least that's what WalletHub's newest study seems to suggest. While South Dakota cities Bismarck and Fargo scored second and third on 2021's Happiest Cities in America, Austin came in at 27th.
The study looked at over 180 of the country's largest cities and weighed them on 31 key indicators of happiness, including anything from sports participation rates to weather, to see where they stacked up.
Austin, despite its rapid tech migration and its description as "utopian" by California transfer Joe Rogan, has moved down five slots from the 2020 list. Last year, the city ranked 22nd overall behind just one Texas city, Plano, which ranked second on the list.
Both Plano and Austin have since fallen in the ranks, with Plano now at 17th and Austin at 27th between San Diego, California and Overland Park, Kansas. Austin, which was previously ranked sixth in the Income and Employment category, has since dropped to 24th and has fallen several slots to 20th in the Emotional and Physical Well Being ranking and 94th in the Community and Environment section.
Austin still reigns supreme over other Texas cities, however. I-35 neighbor San Antonio came in at 141st nationally, while Dallas and Houston clocked in at 104th and 123rd, respectively. Other Texas towns that Austin bested include Amarillo (63), Grand Prairie (70), Garland (77), Irving (85), Arlington (102), Lubbock (117), Brownsville (125), El Paso (128), Corpus Christi (137) and Laredo (161).
Austin has made headlines in recent years for its massive "Texodus" as thousands moved from sunny California or other states to the capital city. Many tech companies have uprooted to Austin as well, including Tesla and Oracle. For 2020-21, Austin is ranked third in the best cities to live in the U.S., a title which it has won for many years in the 2010s. The city's housing market is booming, and it continues to be one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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