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Austin was named the best city in Texas on the U.S. News' 2021 Best Places to Live list. (Shutterstock)

Austin was named the No. 1 city in Texas and a top five city in the nation on the esteemed 2021-22 U.S. News Best Places to Live list.


The analysis judged cities based on having good value, being desirable, and having both a strong job market and a high quality of life.

Riding on its laidback "Keep Austin Weird" reputation, Austin was awarded the No. 5 spot thanks to its booming job market and desirability.

Austin's net migration was ranked highest of its factors with a score of 8.5 out of 10, while its desirability was given a 7.8 and job market was scored at a 7.5.

Boulder, Colorado took the top of the list, with Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; and Fayetteville, Arkansas rounding out the top five. The next city in Texas to be ranked was Dallas at No. 37.

This isn't Austin's first rodeo: the Texas capital fell from the number three spot on the 2020-21 list. It's was also named the best city to live in for three straight years from 2017-19 on the U.S. News & World Report.

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