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Austin is a ‘Gen Z haven,’ according to new study

(S. Greg Panosian)

Austin is the top city in Texas for Gen Zers to settle down and eighth across the U.S., according to a new study.


The study, released this month by CommercialCafe, ranked which cities had the highest potential to be “Generation Z havens” based on affordability, unemployment rate, potential for remote work, recreation establishments and percentage of Gen Z population.

In eighth place, Austin scored 53.03 out of 100 total points with three other Texas cities joined the rankings: El Paso in ninth place, Houston in 11th place and San Antonio in 18th place.

Best Cities for Generation Z Concentrated in Northeast, Midwest & Southeast

A peek at the top 10 cities for Gen Z:

  1. Atlanta, GA, scored 66.9 points and has the most parks per resident
  2. Minneapolis, MN, scored 63.8 points and has the third-highest percentage of Gen Zers
  3. Boston, MA, scored 63.2 points and has the highest Gen Z school enrollment
  4. Tucson, AZ, scored 59.1 points and has the highest percentage of Gen Zers
  5. Raleigh, NC, scored 56.3 points and has the sixth-highest Gen Z school enrollment
  6. Columbus, OH, scored 53.7 points and sixth-best in affordability
  7. Seattle, WA, scored 53.6 points and has the second-lowest unemployment rate
  8. Austin, TX, scored 53 points and has the fifth-lowest unemployment rate
  9. El Paso, TX, scored 51.7 points and scored fifth-best in affordability
  10. New York City, NY scored 49.92 points and has the fastest internet speed

Austin scored relatively high in affordability compared to the rest of the U.S. with 16.43 points out of 20, though it ranked lower than the fellow Texas cities. El Paso scored 19.12 points for affordability.

The high percentage of Zoomers getting educated—the eighth-highest in the U.S. with almost half of residents 20-24 in school—have a good chance at getting a job since Austin has a 3.9% unemployment rate and high internet speed.

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again
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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.