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Study ranks Austinites as some of the healthiest in the country

Despite the pandemic, Austinites still make time to pump iron, according to a new WalletHub study. While Austin may not be the fittest of the fit, the city came in at No. 7 for the healthiest cities in the country.

The study measured the 182 cities—150 of the most populated, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state—across access to health care, healthy food, fitness and green space. Out of 100, a top score of 69.11 was awarded to San Francisco, California, and the lowest score of 23.39 went to Brownsville, Texas.

Sandwiched in between Washington D.C. and Irvine, California, Austin received a score of 59.12, with the top factors being access to healthy food and green space.

Source: WalletHub

Austin's food scene is well-known for being rich and diverse but the cherry on top is the abundance of healthy options. Austin ranked third for the amount of healthy restaurants in town; from popular options like Juiceland, CAVA and Flower Child to more hidden gems like The Steeping Room and Blue Dahlia Bistro, Austin has food to suit all types of special diets.


Austin is also famous for its abundant greenbelts, hiding in plain sight in neighborhoods all across the city. Austin received the fifth placemark for the most running trails in the city and the reason is clear, as Austinites can frequently be seen going for a jog in nature.

Austin's fitness is no coincidence—the city was also named seventh for having the most active lifestyle in a WalletHub study earlier this year.


Even amid a pandemic, Austin has been making fitness a priority, securing a four-way tie for the most fitness centers with virtual classes per capita.


Though Austin fared well in the study, other Texas cities didn't have the same luck. Lubbock, Laredo and Brownsville were all name-dropped for having the least healthy atmosphere.

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A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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