Austin Named in Latest US News ‘Best Places to Live’ Rankings


U.S. News & World Report has named Austin one of the 2024-2025 Best Places to Live in the nation.

Austin ranked No. 9 in the general rankings.

“We’re honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report with this distinction that confirms what Austinites know—our city is a special place,” Austin Mayor Kirk Watson said. “Our access to nature, our dynamic and diverse economy, and an unparalleled music scene make Austin a vibrant place to live, work, and play.”

This year’s list evaluated 150 of the country’s top cities based on how well they meet Americans’ living expectations, with measures including value, job market, desirability and quality of life.

“Deciding where to live is a significant decision many people make based on a number of factors that mean most to them,” said Erika Giovanetti, loans expert and reporter, U.S. News & World Report. “The Best Places to Live rankings identifies cities that are most likely to meet the wants and needs of those considering where to call home next.”

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