The issue of affordability is a big one in Austin, even taking center stage as a major issue in the 2016 city council elections. It’s why many people have opted to live in surrounding towns, like Buda, Georgetown or Cedar Park — but some of these small cities outshine the rest.
Cedar Park was ranked the 16th best small city in the country in a new study by WalletHub. The study weighed factors including affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life and safety. Cedar Park’s highest score was in the “economic health” rank, which included unemployment rate, percentage of residents living below the poverty line, population growth and income growth.
The only Texas city to score higher than Cedar Park was Southlake, a suburb of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Other Texas cities to rank in the top 30 small towns were Allen and Wylie, both also in the DFW area.