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30 May . 2017

Austin Nabs Top Spot on U.S. News Best Places to Live List

Austin Texas has grabbed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Places to Live in the USA list for 2017.  To come up with the rankings, U.S. News analyzed 100 U.S. metro areas based on quality of life, the job market, the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.

“About 50 people move to Austin every day, drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions,” the magazine writes. 

People Prefer to Live in Austin
Austin’s desirability score is 8.4, and its overall score is 7.8. Austin nabbed the top spot from last year’s top-ranked city, Denver, thanks to its strong showing in the report’s desirability survey, which asked 2,000 people where they would prefer to live in the U.S.

Austin Ranks High in Entertainment and Recreation 
Offering a glimpse of what it’s like to live in Austin, the U.S. News mentions Austin’s status as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” with banner music fests like Austin City Limits, South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun Fest. 

Recreation is another favorite Austin pastime. “Residents like to escape the urban bustle with a hike, bicycle ride, jog, kayak or canoe ride in one of more than 250 parks,” U.S. News writes.

Austin Is an Emergent Community
The story also notes Austin’s status as one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities: “Thanks in part to its strong economy and pleasant weather, Austin is luring new residents in droves.” 



 

Sweetwater Living
A growing number of newcomers and longtime Austin residents alike are discovering Sweetwater, which combines the convenience of an Austin address with Hill Country beauty and highly regarded Lake Travis I.S.D. schools. Lured by the big city amenities but maybe not the Austin homes, people are finding a sweeter, hill country life in Sweetwater. 

This 1,400-acre community devotes nearly half of its master plan – or about 700 acres – to parks, trails and natural open spaces. For more recreation, some of the Hill Country’s most beautiful parks, lakes and swimming holes are less than a half hour away.

Stop by and get a tour of our neighborhood and see for yourself why so many proudly call Sweetwater home. Use our Homefinder feature to explore new homes priced from the high $200,000s to $1 million and up in Sweetwater.