More young people might be moving to central Texas after finding out Austin is one of the best college towns in the country.
A new report from WalletHub ranks Austin at #2 for 2021's best college towns in America.
The personal finance site determined its rankings by evaluating 415 cities across the country with three elements: wallet friendliness, social environment and academic and economic opportunity.
Austin had an overall score of 62.25 out of 100, just short of .67 points that gave Ann Arbor, Michigan the leading #1 spot. Austin is the only Texas city that made it into the top 10, followed by College Station which ranked #12.
Out of the three categories, Austin ranked highest in social environment with a score of 16. WalletHub looks at these factors per capita to determine social environment: students, gender balance, cafes, breweries, food trucks, shopping centers and sports clubs. Among these factors, a presence of NCAA Division 1 sports teams, share of single people and population also help determine the social environment.
Austin's next highest rank was in academic and economic opportunity, where it ranked 33rd. This category is determined by looking at the quality of higher education, earning potential for students, share of part-time jobs as well as median income, unemployment rate, entrepreneurial activity, brain drain and job growth rate.
The city saw its lowest rank in the wallet friendliness category, where it ranked 210th. This category is ranked by looking at housing costs, share of rental units, average fitness club fee, average cost of pizza and burgers, movie and bowling costs, costs of higher education and student loan debt per person.
Home to over 20 colleges and universities, it is no surprise that Austin is #2 on the list of best college cities in the country. Austin is home to major higher education institutions including the University of Texas, St. Edwards University, Huston-Tillotson University and Austin Community College.
According to a study done by DataUSA, 18-34 year-olds made up over 26% of the Austin population in 2018. And according to the Census Bureau, almost 90% of the Austin population, age 25 and older, have a bachelor's degree.
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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