Austin ranked best for…everything and everyone

Colin Pope | Editor­ - Austin Business Journal

Not a week goes by without Austin showing up high on a best-cities list. When our city can be named a best place for barbeque and burgers one week and then be deemed a haven for vegetarians the next, we must be doing something right. Here’s a list of the lists Austin has conquered so far this year. 

 Forbes ranked Austin No. 1 on its list of the best big cities for jobs.

 The Fiscal Times just ranked Austin No. 2 on its list of The 10 Top Cities People Are Moving to in 2012.

 A study from U-Haul backs that up.  And even for those who don’t — or can’t — move here, I’d like to point out that Austin is the second-best investment market in the United States, according to

 Census number crunchers peg Austin as the third-fastest-growing city in America. We’re gaining about 150 people a day. Round Rock was No. 2.

 Austin is one of the best U.S. cities to find work, according to Adecco Staffing U.S.

 Austin is the ninth-best city in the country for business and careers, Forbes found.  Forbes also ranked Austin No. 8 on a list of cities where a paycheck stretches the furthest.  Stretching that money here is good, because Austin is among the 25 best cities for shopping, according to Lucky magazine.

 Austinites like to veg out, according to GrubHub Inc., which ranked the 10 most vegetarian-friendly cities in the United States. The Capital City took the No. 6 spot on the list, behind Seattle, San Jose, Calif., San Diego, Houston and Dallas.

 But don’t fret, meat-eaters. We also have some of the country’s best barbeque and burgers. Austin ranks No. 13 on Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2012 America’s Best Burger Cities list and U.S. News pegged our barbeque at No. 5 in the country. Travel + Leisure also dubbed two local outdoor bars to be among the best in America.

 Given all that, it’s no wonder why Austin was named a top foodie city by and Richard Sandoval, a renowned Mexican cuisine chef.

 Austin, with about 6 percent unemployment, was ranked by to be the 10th-best city for college grads due to its low cost of living, interesting neighborhoods and burgeoning tech industry.

 The No. 2 hotspot in the United States for technology startups is Austin, according to a list compiled by

 Austin retained the South’s small-business crown for the third straight year back in April.

 Austin has been named a great place to retire by CBS Moneywatch.  With over half of the city’s men and women single, Austin ranked among the top five U.S. cities to find a date for 2012.

 Austin was named the No. 6 most tattoo-friendly city in America by It based the rankings on the amount of tattoo and permanent makeup shops listed in several public directories such as Yellow Pages and Google Inc.

 Austin has been ranked the ninth-fittest large city in the U.S., based on data compiled by MapMyFitness Inc.

 Austin is in a six-way tie with Dallas, Fort Worth, Nashville, Tucson and Washington, D.C. for the No. 17 spot on a list that ranks the greenest cities in the United States.

 But the EPA ranks Austin No. 8 for green power.

 Austin has moved up one spot on a list of the largest cities in the United States, replacing San Francisco at No. 13. The Capital City had 820,611 residents on July 1, 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s up from 790,390 in 2010.  At the start of the year, Austin was dubbed by to be among 10 cities poised for greatness in 2012. So far, looks like they got it right.

 Austin is No. 38 on Sperling’s BestPlaces 2012 list of the most stressful U.S. cities. That’s pretty low for such a blooming city, so keep up the laid-back attitude, Austin.

 And allow me to point out Austin’s absence on a list: Orkin’s top 50 cities for bed bugs. Phew.

 Of all the universities in the world, Austin’s flagship school, The University of Texas at Austin, was ranked No. 30 by the Center for World University Rankings in Saudia Arabia — though I’ll bet if those folks came to a Longhorn football game we’d get a bump in their poll.

 And because we’re the capital of this state, I’ll lay claim to these kudos: Texas is No. 1 for job gains and it’s the best state for business. A third study said CEOs think so, too.  But you can’t win them all. In the interest of balanced journalism, here are the lists that Austin didn’t fare so well on.

 The Live Music Capital of the World missed the top 10 on a list that ranks the top musical cities in the United States.

 Austin motorists wasted an average of 30 hours stuck in traffic last year, ranking high among other U.S. cities with the worst commutes in the nation.  Apparently to some, Austin has a second-class social scene.

 The Brookings Institute said Austin ranks No. 78 out of 100 U.S. cities when it comes to connecting employers with potential workers by mass transit.  For the sixth year in a row, Austin is ranked among the 10 U.S. cities with the highest percentage of residents who waited until the last two weeks to file their taxes. Although, this is perhaps the only procrastination I’d condone.