Although news that Austin is a great place to live may not be "newsworthy" to most living in Austin, being named by a prestigious national survey is an honor! U.S. News & World Report surveyed people nationwide to find out what they consider important in a hometown. They then took those categories and saw what each city had to offer. The full list of the 100 metros ranked by U.S. News & World Report can be found here.
The list took into account several factors, including affordability, job prospects and quality of life. A public survey of thousands of individuals across the country was also used to determine which qualities people consider important in a hometown. Then, data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics — as well as U.S. News rankings of the best high schools and best hospitals — were considered to make up the final ranking.
When looking at the housing market statistics nationwide the places seeing surging home values trend with the list of livability. Following Austin at #1 in the report Denver came in second with San Jose and Washington D.C. and a surprise with Fayetville, AK rounding out the top five. Austin Mayor Steve Adler responded to Austin being selected as the top spot to live in America saying, “We celebrate what we’re doing right to be ranked first, recognizing it also highlights the accompanying affordability, equity, and mobility challenges that our city faces. Inherent in that ranking is the strength to manage growth so we can preserve Austin’s special spirit.”