The term “unauthorized immigrants” includes both people who overstay their visas and those who enter the country illegally.
The nonpartisan fact tank notes that “individual metro areas do not differ in rank from those immediately below them.” This means there is little statistical difference between the No. 19-ranked Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla., area and Austin-Round Rock.
The center analyzed 155 metro areas with foreign-born populations of at least 20,000 people.
The Pew Research Center also points out that almost 25 percent of foreign-born U.S. residents are unauthorized immigrants. In Austin, these people make up about 34 percent of the city’s immigrant population, or about 5 percent of the total population of the city.
Two other Texas metros made the list. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area ranked third and is home to about 575,000 unauthorized immigrants. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area ranked fourth with 475,000 unauthorized immigrants. In both areas, these populations make up about 37 percent of the total immigrant population.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! How likely are you to use or receive an eggplant emoji in a message via phone or social media? According to dating service Match, the answer might be disappointing, surprising and technically unprintable. See if you can suss it out.
What’s the best way to unzip this? In a news release for their 7th annual “Singles In America” survey, Match revealed that Austin is the No. 1 city for a certain kind of photo. Think Brett Favre. Think Kanye West. Think rhyming. Did I mention the eggplant? The dating service says that Austin is the top city for men sending images of the amateur smut variety, and also the city where “women are least likely to hate” such pictures.
Match also included plenty of other dating statistics for the capital of Texas that don’t require euphemistic gymnastics. Among the Austin-centric highlights to ponder over your overpriced romantic oysters this week:
• Biggest turn-ons include your date being an entrepreneur, working for a startup and not liking to use social media. Self-parody is sexy.
• Biggest turn-offs include your date complaining on Facebook (sorry, readers), undergoing lots of job changes and taking selfies (eggplant variety presumably not included).
• The most popular place to flirt is the grocery store, but the most successful place to flirt is the gym. Bad news for people who feel their sexiest standing next to uncooked chicken cutlets. Good news for people who don’t look like uncooked chicken cutlets when they work out.
The study, according to the news release, looked at the dating habits of more than 5,000 U.S. singles from the ages of 18 to 70, including all ethnicities and sexual orientations. On that note: The statistics included seemed rather heteronormative to me, but maybe your take on the “most common things men think when women offer to split the bill” is not to spray Topo Chico on your screen while reflexily screaming “SMASH THE PATRIARCHY.”
If you’re stuck in traffic on MoPac, honk and say hello to your new neighbors coming from all across the country.
Austin is ranked as the No. 2 growth city in the U.S. for populations over 50,000, according to a new survey of migration trends by U-Haul. These rankings are calculated by the “net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year.”
As companies such as Toyota, Apple and Amazon create more jobs in Texas, the state has attracted many transplants from around the country, the moving company said.
“Everything in Texas is growing exponentially,” said Zane Rowland, U-Haul Co. of North East Dallas president. “Our market is strong. Lots of major companies are moving to Texas because of the tax breaks. Between the low cost of living, the abundance of job opportunities and the ability to start a business, many people want to move to Texas.”
The good news about Austin dovetails nicely with the state-by-state U-Haul survey, which shows that Texas is the top destination for movers in 2016. Arrivals outpaced departures 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent in the Lone Star state. This was quite a change from 2015, U-Haul says, when Texas was a net-loss state and ranked No. 39 on its list.
The survey results are also surprising in light of other surveys that show Austin is one of the most expensive cities to move to. Online moving company Movinga placed the first month’s moving costs at $1,533.39 in Austin, more than the cost for cities like Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Also, another report said that people are leaving Austin in droves, although it did note that people are moving into Austin at a fast clip as well. So don’t count on getting out of that traffic jam anytime soon. Just smile and wave.
When was the last time you went to the dentist? If you’re embarrassed by how long you’ve been dodging your dentist office’s appointment reminder calls, emails and postcards, you’re not alone. Texas is apparently one of the worst states in the country for dental health, according to a new study.
WalletHub ranked Texas as the seventh-worst state for dental health after studying Americans’ dental care, oral health and dental habits. Those factors also include treatment costs, dentist per capita, number of sugary beverages consumed, number of smokers, the presence of fluoridated water and the various oral issues Texans face.
Texas scored low in several categories in the study, with Texas residents among the lowest percentage of adults who have visited a dentist in the last year. Texas was also the state with the highest number of adults with low life satisfaction due to their oral health.
The only states ranking worse than Texas in the study were Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Montana, Alabama and West Virginia. The study says the best states for dental health are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Connecticut.
If you have money, want to move somewhere hip and spend time stuck in traffic, then come on down to Austin! A study from online moving platform Movinga ranks Austin No. 25 on a list of most expensive cities to move to, which includes more cosmopolitan destinations such as New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.
The ranking is based on the first month’s moving costs, which Movinga places at $1,533.39 in Austin. That’s more than the cost for cities like Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Movinga says they calculated this figure from the average distance of a move, 155 miles for one person. It doesn’t get much better after that expensive honeymoon period, though. An average Austin-area monthly rent of $871.76 bumps Austin up to the 22nd most expensive place to live in the world on this list.
If you’re now feeling antsy about moving here, don’t despair. Transportation around Austin only costs an average of about $40 a month, according to Movinga, which is less than the cost of getting around Lagos, Nigeria.
If that doesn’t sound like great news, here’s more.
As is shown in WalletHub’s “Most and Least Educated States” list, compiled using analysis of measurements like graduation rates and racial and gender gaps in degree attainment, Texas isn’t holding its own when it comes to education is several other areas as well.
Although the state ranked 18th on the “quality of education and attainment gap” sublist, which considered factors like the quality of a state’s public school system and the number of people enrolled in top universities in the state, it came in at No. 42 on the “educational attainment” sublist. This list measured the percentage of adults older than 25 who had a high school, college and graduate degree.
Based on how Texas ranked on both these individual lists, WalletHub ranked the state as the 9th overall least-educated state.
Austin scored well in the detailed rankings: It ranked third in college-educated population and diversity, and scored high in the bars and restaurants, labor force, and innovation categories. However, the youth unemployment rate was ranked No. 1 for midsize metros — not a great look. See the full detailed ranking here.
You know those bumper stickers that say, “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I can?”
You may be seeing more of those soon.
According to a new report from the Texas Association of Realtors, people are moving to the Lone Star State like crazy. Texas saw a gain of more than half a million residents in 2015, making it one of the states with the highest amount of new residents, second behind Florida. (However, if you subtract the number of Texans who left the same year, the net gain is 107, 689 residents in 2015.)
While we’re talking about bumper stickers, the ones that say, “Don’t California my Texas” also may get more popular. The number one state these new Texans are arriving from? You guessed it: California.
There is some relief for Austinites, though: More out-of-state residents moved to the Dallas and Houston metro areas than the Austin area in 2015. However, out of all the people who decided to move to Austin in that time frame, most of the new residents came from Houston or Dallas, and the most out-of-state residents came from Los Angeles and New York City.
Austin is a food-lover’s paradise, full of culinary creations for even the pickiest of eaters. It’s no secret we’re a fan of the Austin restaurant scene. And, as every publication starts publishing its year-end “Best-Of” lists, it seems some other publications are fans, too.
“The brisket at Franklin’s makes me want to throw my hands up and declare it all an act of occultism,” Chau effused.
Another Austin spot earned Chau’s approval: The No. 2 spot on his list belongs to the now-closed Qui, where Chau had the confit maitake mushroom. The meal reminded Chau of shared dining experiences with his father as a child.
“I’d never eaten anything that so succinctly, so vividly, like a photograph, captured a moment in time,” he wrote.
“Not only does [chef Kevin Fink] make his supple pasta with freshly milled grains so it tastes as if it comes directly from a wheat field,” Krader raved. “Even better, Fink adds a little fermented tomato water to its buttery coating, injecting a refreshing tartness and a hit of sweetness.
It’s the most brilliant of reinventions.”
Now, if we could just get the rest of the country to rave about our queso…