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Austin
4:20 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Austin Tied for Highest Rate of Household Growth in the U.S.

Austin's expected to garner 50,000 more households in the next five years alone.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Austin usually ranks against cosmopolitan destinations in the numerous lists it’s named in. But try this one on for size: Provo, Utah.

The metro areas of Austin and Provo lead the nation in expected household growth, according to a new study based on U.S. Census data. The projection is for Austin to grow by 7.4 percent, adding 50,000 households over the next five years.

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Austin
11:56 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Austin's One of the Nation's Best Cities. (Okay, the Eighth Best. Wait, What?)

Austin is the only Texas city to rank among Bloomberg Businessweek's Top 10 American cities.
flickr.com/stuseeger

This may come as little surprise to readers of this news blog, but yet again, Austin has ranked in another  list.

This time, Austin has been listed as the eighth “best” American city by Bloomberg Businessweek, which places the Capital City three spots higher than Bloomberg had it last year.

How do the rankings decide which cities are best? Or what exactly “best” means? That’s easy, sort of: Bloomberg Businessweek cross-referenced data from Onboard Informatics and Trust for Public Land to construct a ranking system. The system, in turn, relies on the number of bars and restaurants, employment percentages, crime rates and educational markers.

Boom. There’s your solution for ranking America’s Best Cities.

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Austin
9:04 am
Tue September 25, 2012

East Austin Among America's 'Best Hipster Neighborhoods'

Events like South by Southwest, pictured above, have boosted Austin's street cred.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Earlier this year Forbes magazine ranked Austin the 19th Coolest City in America.

Normally this would be an honor, but the list also points out that we’re the fifth coolest city in the state behind Houston (no. 1), Dallas (no.4), San Antonio (no.11), and even Fort Worth (no.13), which all ranked higher than the Capital City on the coolness scale.

But late last week, Austin got some of its swagger back when Forbes ranked East Austin America’s Seventh Best Hipster Neighborhood

It's tempting to think the Forbes editors walked around the country, counting pairs of skinny jeans, denim vests and distressed flannel shirts. But the list was actually composed through a partnership with Nextdoor.com, which ranked the East Side as Austin's hottest hipster home base over South Congress and Travis Heights, and Walkscore.com, which tallied the number and proximity of coffee shops, food trucks, locally-owned bars and restaurants and more to pinpoint hip activity.

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Austin
2:05 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Austin Tops List of "Turnaround Towns"

Photo by KUT

We pretty much know we're awesome, but it's nice to hear it again and again. Austin made third place on CNN Money's list of "Ten Top Turnaround Towns". We even beat out Dallas, which ranked eighth. 

CNN Money said Austin has solid job growth, a relatively laissez-faire economy, and plenty of space to expand.

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Austin
1:33 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Austin Ranks First On List Of Top Spending Cities

Image by KUT News

Does a day go by without Austin ranking high on some cool list? Yesterday it was third place in a ranking for entrepreneurs, today we are number one on a list of top spending cities.

Bundle.com's list doesn't account for boring expenses like mortgage and rent. That's probably why New York City ranked number 53, and it's why relatively affluent towns with low housing costs fared better.

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Austin
3:11 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Austin Ranked Third Best City For Young Entrepreneurs

Image by Nasha Lee for KUT News

The Live Music Capitol of the World has topped another list of awesome cities. This time, it's the Under30CEO.com list of Top 10 Cities for Young Entrepreneurs in 2010.

Coming in third place right behind New York City and San Francisco, Austin is praised for all the familiar reasons:

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