Austin Suburbs Top Several Lists as Great Places to Live

When it comes to the best places to live in Texas — and, according to some rankings, across the entire United States — Austin consistently tops the charts. This city has been ranked as one of the most livable cities and as one that has the best balance between opportunity and cost of living. Some suburbs have even been numbered among the most relaxed in the nation. Let’s take a look at some of these rankings to better understand where Austin’s suburbs rate.

Austin’s Neighborhood Rankings

First of all, Niche, a site that ranks neighborhoods around the United States, gave several Austin neighborhoods high rankings in a few different categories. In the category for best suburb in Texas, Rollingwood achieved the number one ranking. Other Austin suburbs that made the list include Bee Cave at number 30, Round Rock at number 39 and Lakeway at number 41.

When it comes to city rankings as opposed to neighborhood ranks, Round Rock was listed by Niche as one of the top four cities in the state. Nationwide, Round Rock came in at 16th place, making it one of the best rated cities in the United States.

Overall, Austin was ranked as the number one city to live in by U.S. News and World Reports. This ranking was based on several factors, including quality of life, job market, cost of living, desirability and migration statistics. Austin ranked highest for net migration and desirability, pushing the city into the top spot nationwide.

Who Else Has Ranked Austin Communities?

These days, Austin is doing so well that no matter which rankings you look at or what metrics those rankings track, this city or its suburbs are likely to be somewhere near the top. Sperling’s Best Places, for instance, features Austin at the top of several different rankings.

  • Round Rock is the fourth best place nationally for telecommuting.
  • Round Rock is also the fourth most secure place to live according to Sperling’s publication of the Annual Farmers Insurance Study.
  • Once more, Round Rock is listed as the fifth best place in the United States to relocate to.

Even sites like Movoto are placing Austin high on various lists. For example, not one but three Austin suburbs placed in the top 10 most relaxed small cities nationwide. Cedar Park took the fifth spot, Georgetown placed seventh and San Marcos was the tenth most relaxed city. In this case, the ranks were based on factors like commute times, employment rates, hours per week spent at work, the number of parks in the area, cost of living and amenities like massage parlors and yoga studios.

Rankings like these are always interesting because they tend to highlight some of the places around the United States that have the best real estate markets. People from all around the country are looking toward Austin as a place to make a home. For current Austin buyers and sellers, that is a great thing to hear.

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