If it seems like Texas dominates every time a new “Best of” list comes out, it’s because it does. Texas occupies 20 spots on U.S. News and World Report's new list of the 125 Best places to live in America. “Austin ranks No. 1 for the second year running, and San Antonio clocks in at number 14 on the list,” said KSAT. The two cities are not only some of the best places to live in Texas, but across the country.
The two cities, which are regularly found at or near the top of lists like these, bookend the Texas Hill Country and cities like New Braunfels; this smaller city doesn't match the one million-plus population that is generally required for many “Best of” lists, but New Braunfels is the ninth-fastest-growing city in the country this year—a testament to its desirability and a must-see spot for those who want to live in Texas.
Other Texas cities that made the U.S. News list include:
- Dallas/Fort Worth — No. 18
- Houston — No. 26
- Killeen — No. 90
- El Paso — No. 105
- Corpus Christi — No. 106
- Beaumont — No. 113
- McAllen — No. 115
- Brownsville — No. 121
The cities were ranked according to their employment markets, value potential, quality of life, overall desirability, and net migration. The job market and value index made up nearly half of the equation, while, “Thirty percent of the methodology came from the quality of life index, which measures how satisfied residents are in their daily lives,” said KSAT.
Rising housing costs
If there’s one thing that could derail Austin as it relates to future lists of the best places to live in Texas and nationally, it’s the rising cost of housing, which is putting the city out of reach for many buyers and sending them out into the Hill Country in search of New Braunfels land and homes for sale. “It’s not all sunshine in the greatest place to live in the U.S., said the Austin American-Statesman. “Or maybe it’s too much sunshine, in at least one category. U.S. News and World Report noted Austin’s higher-than-average housing costs.”
San Antonio, by contrast, is on the more affordable side. However, its density—the city’s population has grown by more than 15 percent since 2010 and another million people are projected to move there by 2040—is another reason buyers are looking farther out of the city. For many Texas real estate buyers, the Hill Country and, specifically, New Braunfels’ communities like Vintage Oaks, offer the perfect combination of location, lifestyle, and Texas land and home opportunities. An easy drive to both Austin and San Antonio, New Braunfels has a bustling economy of its own as well as an abundance of dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation, as well as great resources for all ages.
Niche gives the city an overall grade of A, scoring it highly for its family-friendliness, public schools, and housing options. For people who are looking to live in Texas, New Braunfels is highly rated as a great place to raise a family, to retire, and everything in between.
Money magazine noted factors including “economic health, cost of living, crime, taxes, weather, ease of living, amenities, housing costs, and growth,” as well as “surrounding beauty,” which affords great “outdoor pursuits,” and the “charming reminders of its German heritage, like Wurstfest” to develop their list of the best cities for retirees—the only city in Texas to make their list.
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