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Austin Named the Most Aspirational City in the Nation


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Factors of an aspirational city according to The Daily Beast: 50% Economy, 25% Quality of Life, 25% Demographic Features… You could say Austin’s got all of that covered, and that’s why it was named The Most Aspirational City in America. Along with four other Texas cities out of the Top 15, writers Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox say the list mostly includes cities that are Southern, vibrant in culture, and modestly sized.

Economic indicators were based upon employment growth, unemployment and per capita income, as well as demographic factors like domestic migration and migration of college-educated and foreign born people. Quality of life factors that were studied include traffic congestion, housing affordability, and crowding. As citizens in a rapidly growing city, we think that we have it tough when it comes to traffic and crowding but it could be a lot worse, so we can keep our top spot for now.

Obviously, these three factors should be considered heavily when naming the Top Aspirational Cities in America. Those cities set in stone how a well-functioning, active, fun city should operate and influence its people, as well as people looking to be in those cities. Both Austin and No. 2 city New Orleans have lured more and more people out of California and the northeast states. With an attractive business climate and top-notch housing market, moving (or staying) in Austin could make any person a very happy citizen.

List of the Top 15 Aspirational Cities

  1. Austin, TX
  2. New Orleans, LA
  3. Houston, TX
  4. Oklahoma City, OK
  5. Raleigh, NC
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Richmond, VA
  8. Washington, DC
  9. San Antonio, TX
  10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  11. Dallas, TX
  12. Seattle, WA
  13. Salt Lake City, UT
  14. Charlotte, NC
  15. Columbus, OH

We completely agree with all of the reasons that The Daily Beast calls Austin the #1 Most Aspirational City in America. However, we consider Austin to be the best for more reasons than those provided. Browse our 2013 Austin Rankings list to see what other lists we dominate and to find out just how much Austin rocks!

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