Four Texas cities made the cut for the top 50 places to live in the U.S. by Time Inc.’s Money magazine this week — and it seems to have forgotten Austin.
That’s right, folks. Our city is nowhere to be found on the list, which names Columbia, Md. as the No. 1 best city to live in. The first Texas city to appear on the list at No. 3 is Plano, described as “a corporate center with a small-town vibe.” The other three Texas cities include Pflugerville (12), Euless (18) and Spring (44).
Rankings are determined based on 60 data points in categories like job and income growth, the local economy, housing affordability, education, health, crime, arts and leisure and ease of living.
It might be surprising that Austin wasn’t chosen but using a Time feature that allows you to compare cities might help clear things up. Compared to Columbia, Austin has a lower percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, a lower median family income, a lower projected five-year job growth, a higher median home price and a higher average property tax. We only beat it with an average commute time of 22 minutes compared to 29 and slightly lower unemployment rate of 3.2 percent compared to 3.5 percent.
Oh, well. Better luck next year, Austin.