WalletHub, known for compiling data on cities in the US and determining which cities are best in each category recently released their 2015 Best Large Cities to Live In report. Austin is no newcomer to the “best cities” lists and is one of the reasons we relocated to Austin from San Francisco about five years ago. Austin is a great combination of big city, small town with warm weather and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied all year long.
Austin Named #1 on Best Large Cities to Live In List
Though it is no secret Austin is a great place to live, this study put data behind what residents may not be able to describe. The two biggest contributors to Austin’s #1 ranking were schools and cost of living. Austin tied for first with quality of the public school system and came in third for highest household income adjusted for cost of living. As you may remember, Austin was recently rated the #10 richest city in the US, behind nine cities with a higher cost of living, making it an especially appealing choice for someone who wants to spend their money on something other than housing. We also have highly rated schools in all price ranges, giving options for more families.
Best Large Cities to Live In
Curious how the rest of the list shaped up? Here are the top 15 best large cities to live in according to WalletHub.
- Austin, TX
- Raleigh, NC
- Colorado Springs, CO
- San Jose, CA
- Seattle, WA
- San Diego, CA
- Denver, CO
- San Francisco, CA
- Virginia Beach, VA
- Washington, DC
- Portland, OR
- Pittsburg, PA
- Tampa, FL
- Sacramento, CA
- Omaha, NE
What Factors Were Considered When Making the List of Best Large Cities to Live In?
WalletHub compared all US cities with a population of 300,000 or more on the following metrics:
- Local Economy & Taxes
WalletHub used data from previous studies and weighted them accordingly. For more info about the study’s metrics, click here.
Considering Relocating to Austin?
Maybe you’re considering relocating to Austin for some of the reasons we moved here, you’re getting relocated to Austin for a job, or, looking to retire in Texas for tax purposes, we can help. Not only do we know the city better than a local, we have been through the relocation process and know how to navigate it like an expert. For more info about relocating, check out our Guide to Relocating to Austin. Then, call us at (512) 827-8323, email us at info@11OaksRealty.com or fill out our Relocation Survey to get started.