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Austin ranks high in best college towns in the country

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.


Source: WalletHub

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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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway