Snow cone in hand, swimsuit-clad baby in another — you might think family life in Austin, especially in the sunshine days of summer, is pretty sweet. A recent WalletHub poll ranking the “Best and Worst Texas Cities for Families,” however, has several reasons why you’re wrong.
Of the 112 Texas cities the site considered in its list, Austin ranked as the No. 63 best city for families in the state. Or as the 49th worst city — depending on how you look at it. Either way, not so hot.
In compiling the list, WalletHub considered how cities ranked in each of four categories: family life and fun; education, health and safety; affordability; and socioeconomic environment. Although Austin ranked above average (No. 24) in the fun category, which looked at factors like weather and how many parks and attractions a city has, it didn’t fare quite as well the other three.
Austin ranked below average in both education, health and safety, and socioeconomic environment (No. 70 and No. 63 respectively). What category did Austin do the worst in? Push your wallet just a little deeper into your pocket, because affordability, measured by factors like cost of housing and living, is not the city’s biggest familial lure. The city ranked No. 87.
And what did Austin rank No. 1 in? Unsurprisingly, unemployment rate, which recently dropped below 3 percent.
What do you think? Does Austin make for great family life? Or does it leave you and your unit wanting?