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Austin named best city in Texas on US News Best Places to Live list

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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