Austin’s Best Of ‘Best Of’ Lists


Many times Austin is ranked in the top ten. Sometimes it’s voted number one.

Now, how do you like them apples, huh?

I’ll be honest. I moved to Austin with $500 in my pocket, no job, and only what I could fit into my car based off of these lists because I’m obsessed with lists in general.


So, below, I’ve compiled some of the best ‘Best Of’ lists I’ve come across where Austin is named.

What have I learned from these lists? 1.) That Forbes has a big ol’ boner for Austin 2.) That if I ever join the armed forces and then retire, I’ll be very happy here 3.) That I should take up golfing again, especially so I’ll be really good by the time I retire from the military 4.) That Austin is THE BEST PLACE ON THE PLANET, DUH!

Austin is featured on so many lists, I didn’t know how to break them down! So, the list goes in order of ranking (and truth be told, I could have kept this list going, but I had to stop somewhere!)

Forbes- America’s Best Cities for Young Adults #1 out of 10

Portfolio- Best Cities for Young Adults #1 out of 67

Kiplinger- 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade #1 out of 10

Forbes- Best Cities for Jobs #1 out of 10

Yahoo Finance- Best Bargain Cities #1 out of 10

Sperling’s Best Places- Best Cities for Dating #1 out of 10 10 Best Golf Cities #1 out of 10

AOL’s Daily Finance- America’s 11 Best Cities for Telecommuters#1 out of 11

CNN- Best Big City to Live In#2 out of 10 Best Cities for Military Retirees #3 out of 10

Travel and Leisure- America’s Best Music Cities #3 out of 30

Forbes- Best U.S. Cities to Earn a Living #4 out of 10

Outside Magazine- America’s Best Cities #4 out of 10

Wired- Top Tech Towns #4 out of 10 1/07

Kiplinger- 50 Smart Places to Live#5 out of 50

MovieMaker- 10 Best Cities to Live, Work, and Make Movies #5 out 10

The Daily Beast- 25 Best Cities for College Grads #5 out of 25

Forbes- Best Cities for Singles #8 out of 40

Business Week- Best Cities for Tech Jobs #8 out of 60

The Advocate- Gayest Cities #9 out of 25

CNN- 25 Best Places to Retire #9 out of 25

Forbes- Best Cities for Young Professionals #10 out of 40 Top 50 Cities for Bicycling #11 out of 50

Forbes- Best Shopping Cities #12 out of 25

MSNBC- 100 Best Places to Raise a Family #14 out of 100

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  • Reply Nanette January 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    this such a great list! list of lists! I love lists too. I shared this on my real estate facebook page 🙂

  • Reply Benny January 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Damn, and Houston and Dallas keep showing up, too! Can only hope that Texax won't already be "oversaturated" by the time I'm ready to move.

  • Reply Randall January 7, 2011 at 12:17 am

    All writers love lists. Can't be helped.

  • Reply Brooke Farmer January 7, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I need for you to stop talking about Austin so much because it is really damaging my relationship with L.A..

    We used to be so close. But then she sees me admiring Austin from afar. L.A. is a jealous bitch, I tell ya.

  • Reply Austin Eavesdropper January 7, 2011 at 4:19 am


    Lauren, the opener to this post CRACKED ME UP for some reason. Hahaha.

    It is a little astounding how many lists there are! I expected you to post, like, 5-6, but then I kept scrolling and scrolling … WHOA. This is, like, 30.

  • Reply "M" January 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I'll soon be moving out that way. Great information to know!

  • Reply Christopher January 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Chicago usually gets on the list for "most murders". Not quite the same.

  • Reply Melizza January 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I miss Austin like crazy much. It definitely deserves to be on a bunch of 'best of' lists.

  • Reply birkley3030 January 13, 2011 at 2:52 am

    This list will be included in a future post ripping off this post highlighting the best blog post about lists featuring a list. (just kidding(probably))

  • Reply Michael November 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    So, if I blogged about great “best lists posts” about austin that I had found and included this one, my post would be Best of Best of Best of List. It boggles the mind.

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