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Most people that live in Austin love to talk about what a great city it is. Below you will find some of the accolades it has received during the last few years.


Wallet Hub ranked Austin as the BEST large U.S. city to live in.

Austin ranked as Best City to Live In.

Forbes ranks Austin as Best City for Jobs.

Austin ranks #4 as the Most Secure Place to Live in the U.S.

Thrillist lists Austin as the #1 Best City for Music.  

Austin is #4 of the 25 Best Cities For Jobs, according to GlassDoor.

Forbes ranks Austin as the 3rd fastest growing city in the nation.

Wallet Hub ranked Austin as #2 of the Best School System Quality.

American Forests rates Austin in 10 Best Cities for Urban Forests.

Austin-Round Rock #1 Hub for Economic Growth in Texas, #5 in U.S. according to Bloomberg.

Austin-Round Rock #4 Best Big City for Jobs in the U.S. according to Forbes.

Austin-Round Rock #5 High-Tech Market in Nation according to JLL

Kiplinger ranks Round Rock "Cheapest City People Want to Live In."

MSN MONEY ranks Austin-Round Rock the 3rd Fastest Growing MSA in the nation.

MovieMaker Magazine rates Austin #1 for City to Live & Make Films In.


Wall Street Journal named Austin as the TOP #1 City for Tech Businesses.

Bicycling Magazine named Austin one of America's Best Bike Cities.

Sharecare named Austin one of the Top 10 Fittest Cities in America.

Austin is #1 on the Top Cities for Single Women.

Austin ranked 5th Most Innovative Company in the World by CultureMap.

Washington Post ranks Austin in Top 5 Cities for Good Paying Jobs and Good Housing.

Westlake High School ranked in Top 10 of Smartest Public High Schools in the U.S.

Austin declared as the safest major city in Texas according by Texas Monthly.

CultureMap ranked Austin 20th fittest city in U.S. and #1 in Texas.


Forbes lists Austin 3rd Best Big City for Jobs.

Austin Among Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs.

Miliken Institute named Austin the top performing large city for employment growth and sustainability in the U.S.

According to Nerdseekers, Austin is the BEST city for job seekers.

Austin is ranked the 5th top city for U.S. veterans to find employment, according to a recent USAA and Hiring Our Heroes Study.

Austin ranked the 4th best large city for working women.

Austin is 12th for percentage of workers with jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to Forbes. ranks Austin 3rd Best City to start a business.

Austin ranks in the top 10 of U.S. "Innovation Cities for Business.

#1 Top Market in Housing & Real Estate according to Forbes.

According to Forbes, the University of Texas is ranked the 4th best undergrad program and the 10th best graduate program for Architecture.

The University of Texas ranked 26th out of the top 100 schools in the world according to The Center for World University Rankings.

Austin-Round Rock ranks #1 in Forbes annual list of Fastest Growing Cities for 4th Straight Year.

Austin-Round Rock jumps to #3 on Forbes' list of best cities for jobs.

Austin-Round Rock MSA in Top 10 U.S. Cities to Retire, according to Forbes.

Austin ranks #2 among U.S. metros attracting the most families according to NewGeography.

Forbes says Austin is the 2nd fastest growing City for Families.

Forbes lists Austin 3rd for America's Coolest Cities. ranks Texas as the 2nd Best State to Make a Living.

Austin is America's Best City for Fitness Tribes according to MyFitnessPal.

TripAdvisor selected Austin's Franklin Barbecue as the single best barbecue restaurant in the county.

NerdWallet ranks Austin #7 ost LGBT-Friendly City.

Austin is #1 for rankings of the best places for young adults according to The Business Journals.

According to Movoto, Georgetown, Round Rock and Cedar Park rank in the top 5 of America's Best Suburbs.

Forbes names Austin as the top metro to watch in 2014.

Austin is #9 on the Clean Tech Leadership index.

Austin is one of the Top 20 Solar Cities in the Country.

Austin ranks 4th on list of Top 10 Cities for Electric Vehicles. 

Austin named America's Best City for Dogs.


Austin is #1 Aspirational City in the U.S. According to the The Daily Beast, Austin is a "magnet of opportunity."

#7 on Most Affordable Housing Markets

#1 Top Market according to Forbes

Bloomberg rates Austin-Round Rock as the second best American Boomtown.

According to Nerdseekers, Austin is the BEST city for job seekers.

According to Forbes, the University of Texas is One of America's Top Colleges in 2013.

According to Southern Living Magazine, Austin is one of the tastiest cities.

Forbes voted Austin #1 for The Best Large Cities for Jobs.

Top 5th healthiest housing in 2013 according to Biz Journals.

According to, Austin is the 2nd best city for a market for investors.

 It is a great place for home values. Austin was # 7 in rising home prices in the nation.

MetroMonitor rates Austin #8 in the overall potential for Rebounding and recovery using four key indicators: jobs, unemployment, home prices and output. 

Austin is the most "connected" city, according to Jones LaSalle's study.


Yahoo! Finance lists Austin-Round Rock as #5 on the list of Best Cities to Move to in America. Using data from Sperling's Best Places, it included all kinds of data including crime rate, cost of living, health choices, and stability. lists Austin as the #9 best place to retire.
places Austin the #3 Fastest Growing city.

According to , CNNMoney Austin is #6 of America's Smartest Cities.

Austin is the #1 "Best Performing Among Top 50 Metro Areas" for year-over-year job growth with the greatest rate of increase. Read the entire article.

Austin in # 1 on the list of "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade," according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance.  The cities were selected based on cities' focus on "innovative thinking." The magazine calls Austin "arguable the country's best crucible for small business.The city's 200 live-music venues, lakes, parks and funky businesses all contribute to its eclectic vibe." 

According to  Austin is #1 on the list of cities best surviving the recession. Check out another reason why Austin is a great place to live!!
List: Cities Where The Recession Is Easing

Round Rock (north of Austin) is the 4th safest American city with a population greater than 100,000 by the CQ Press, January 2010.


Austin ranked #2 in the nation in job growth compared to the other top 50 U.S. Metros.   It had a net loss of 2,300 jobs which was only 700 more jobs lost than the best performing metro, Virginia Beach-–a tenth of one per cent difference between the two metros. When you compare to jobs lost in the U.S. in 2009 (4,941,700) or TEXAS (201,700), Austin’s performance is amazingly strong. With so many indications of growth returning to different segments of the economy, Austin is well positioned to benefit early on in the recovery.

The Austin/Round Rock area was named the best performing city on the 2009 Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners Index.  The index ranks U.S. metro areas based on their ability to create and sustain jobs, measuring employment, salary growth and technology output.

Austin ranks No. 1 on the list of big cities for employment potential from The Capital City posted modest job growth of just 1 percent in 2008—but that was still better than a lot of other big cities. That growth, coupled with Austin’s long-term potential to continue creating new jobs, garnered it the top spot.

The Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners Best Performing Cities Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The Austin-Round Rock area comes in at #4 as one of the nation's top economic performers! (January 2009)

The Austin area added 6,200 private-sector jobs in the 12-month period between November 2007 and November 2008—the 10th biggest gain in metro employment in the country—according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (January 2009)

Famous for Tex-Mex food and an eclectic music scene, MSN Travel features Austin in it's "15 Coolest North American Cities" list. (January 2009)

Austin is #3 of the most photography-friendly cities in the United States, according to Popular Photography Magazine. "Springtime in Austin is to photographers what wintertime on Maui is to surfers: endless waves of opportunity."


Austin named one of the Top 25 Solar Cities by the U.S. Department of Energy, June 2008.

Austin is the most artsy city in Texas, according to a report by the National Endowment for the Arts. The accolade is based on the percentage of artists in the work force. Austin is also #20 out of the top 50 nationally. Austin recognizes the importance of artists to the cultural vitality and economic prosperity of the community. (June 2008)

Austin is #6 on Kiplinger's list for "BEST CITIES TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY." The criteria used was: strong economy, abundant jobs, reasonable cost of living and plenty of fun things to do. (May 2008)

By measuring the unemployment rate, job growth, income growth, median household income and cost of living, Forbes ranks Austin #3 in it's "Top 10 Cities for Jobs" list. (January 2008)

Yahoo Finance and ranks Austin as the #1 Place in America to Buy a Home, as an owner or as an investor,  in 2008! (January 2008)

Austin, Texas is the big winner of's "America's Fastest-Growing Metros" list, with an estimated 32% gross metropolitan product (GMP) growth from 2007-2012 (February 2008)

Forbes also ranked Austin as the 5th best city in America for couples.  Austin was among three different Texas cities to make the top ten. (February 2008)

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Austin-Round Rock area is the nation's 5th fastest growing metro area. 65,880 new people now call Austin home in only one year's time, which is an increase of 4.3% from the prior year. (March 2008)

On the "Top 10 Best Cities for Home Sellers" list, Forbes magazine ranks Austin #4 due to the affordability of homes and the nation's top city for job growth at 4.1%. (April 2008)



Austin is one of the hottest entrepreneurial regions in the country, according to Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 500 ranking, which spotlights companies with the biggest revenue growth from 2003 to 2006. (September 2007) 

Money Magazine lists Austin as the third fastest growing large city in the nation. (June 2007)

Austin ranks #2 in the Best Cities for Walking by Prevention magazine. (March 2007)

National Geographic Adventure
names Austin as Texas' #1 Adventure Town in their list of "50 Best Places to Live & Play." (September 2007) 

Moody's rates Austin as the best place for business in the U.S. (August 2007)

Newsweek lauds the University of Texas as "Hottest for Saving America's Schools," for excellence in education reform, in the 2007 "Top 25 Universities" poll. (August 2007)

Austin is one of the top four cities to watch as a retirement-friendly community, according to AARP The Magazine. (July 2007) 

Fast Company Magazine lists Austin as a "Startup Hub" with a creative, young population and a high number of wi-fi internet spots per capita. (July 2007) gives Austin top billing among America's Greenest Cities, citing the city's green energy program and climate protection plan. (June 2007) 

Sherman's Travel lists Austin at #5 among its Top Ten Easy Spring Getaways (May 2007) 

Conde Nast Traveler includes the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa on the 2007 Hot List celebrating the best and most promising new hotels in the world. (May 2007) 

Kiplinger's Personal Finance rates Austin among the top five cities in the country for young singles, as part of their "Best Cities for Every Stage of Your Life." (June 2007)

Golf Digest ranks Barton Creek Resort & Country Club's Fazio Canyons course among the top 100 in the nation (May 2007). names Austin #7 among the top job markets for young adults. Austin has added 62,100 jobs in the past five years. (April 2007) 

Austin is ranked sixth on a list of the 10 U.S. cities that have integrated renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and hydro electricity into daily life, according to (April 2007)

Latina Magazine ranks Austin 10th among the top 25 healthiest cities. The magazine lauds the city's many public parks, exercise facilities and low stress factor. (April 2007) 

Men's Journal names Austin as one of the top five places to "embrace urban life." (April 2007)

Austin ranks #2 on Prevention Magazine's list of the "top ten cities for taking a stroll." (March 2007)

Austin is the #3 city in America for independent filmmaking, according to a recent list released at the Sundance Film Festival by Movie Maker Magazine.

Austin is ranked #17 among Cooking Light's Top 20 Healthiest Cities in America. Cities were judged on nutrition, physical health and holistic well-being. (January/February 2007)

Natural Home Magazine ranks Austin #2 among America's Top Ten Eco-friendly Communities. These "neighborhoods you want to live in" feature walkability, green planning and outdoor orientation. (January/February 2007)

Paste Magazine's "The Best 24 Hours on Television" issue names PBS show and Austin original Austin City Limits as the best place for music on television.  

The US Census Bureau reports that Austin ranks 5th among the most educated cities in the U.S. 45.1% of the population has a college degree, or higher.  

Expansion Management Magazine puts the Austin area first among U.S. cities in the magazine's fourth annual Mayors Challenge rankings of the best cities for future business locations.

A report and survey conducted by The Human Capital showed respondents ranked Austin as one of the Top 10 Areas in the Nation for Job Relocation. (December 2007

On   Forbe's  seventh annual "Best Cities for Singles" list, Austin ranked #12 in the nation and is climbing. (August 2007)

Each year, Intel ranks the Top 100 U.S. Cities and Regions with the Greatest Number of commercial and public wireless Internet access points and Austin ranks third.

Sperling's  ranks Austin 10th in the Top 10 Healthiest Cities in America. (July 2006)

Commercial and Public Wireless Internet Access Points and Austin ranks 3rd. (October 2006)

Austin ranks as the 4th Best City in Overall Standard of Living by  Expansion Management. (June 2006)

Money Magazine  lists Austin as #2 among the 10 best places to live, judging on financial, educational and quality of life criteria, among others. (July 2006)

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport   was named Best Domestic Airport at the 2006 Airports Council International Airport Service Quality Awards held in Dubai.

Austin ranks 2nd among the Top 10 Best Big Cities in the country by (June 2006)

National Geographic Traveler  dubs Austin "The Best Little City in America" in a feature article published in the November/December 2006 issue. 

Continental Magazine  names Austin "Sports Center: The Most Sports-Crazed City in the World" (due to the avid fanaticism of UT sports supporters!) (September 2006)

Austin ranked 28th in Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes . (May 2006)

Kiplinger's ranks Austin #5 among their list of 50 Smart Places to Live. (June 2006) 

Pollstar names  Austin City Limits Festival  the "Festival of the Year" during it's annual  Concert Industry Awards (February 2006)

 Sperling's Best  Places and MSN rate Austin among "8 Cheap Places You'd Want to Live." The survey highlights citywide economic prospects and cultural atmosphere. (July 2006)

In the "Best Cities for Singles" list provided by Forbe's , Austin ranked #8 in the United States compared to other large metro areas. (June 2006) 

Men's Journal  ranks Austin #2 among America's Heart Healthy Cities (August 2006) 

Expansion Magazine marks Austin as the #1 metropolitan location for future businesses. (August 2006)

Austin ranks 6th in the Top 10 Cities for Walking by  Prevention magazine. (August 2006)

Sperling's Best  Places named Austin #9 among the Top Ten "Chill" Cities. The survey created a "chill index" based on the behavior of the city's residents and social opportunities the city provided. (July 2006)  

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) places Austin at #8 among America's top 10 vegetarian/vegan-friendly large cities. (April 2006) 

Men's Journal ranks Austin number two among the "50 Best Places to Live" based on potential for adventure, attractiveness, and affordability. (April 2006)

Austin ranks as the 3rd Smartest City in the country by  Biz Journals  (June 2006)


Austin ranks as the 2nd Best Place to live for Moviemakers by Moviemake Magazine. (December 2005)

Hispanic  magazine, for the second year in a row, ranks Austin as the Best Place to Live in America for Hispanics. (August 2005)

Austin is ranked the 3rd Best Wireless Place to Live in America by  LiveScience . (June 2005)

Austin ranks 3rd in a list of America's Most Innovative Cities by the  Wall Street Journal . (October 2005)

 Entrepreneur  ranks Austin 9th in the Top 10 Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs. (September 2005)

According to  Dog Fancy magazine, Austin is one of the Top 10 Cities to Be a Dog. (November 2005)

Austin ranks 8th of America's Cleanest Cities by  Reader's Digest . (July 2005)

Runner's World ranks Austin 11th in the 25 Best Running Cities in America poll. (July 2005)

Austin makes the cut as one of the 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live by Gregory A. Kompes. (December 2005)

 American Way Magazine  magazine features "The Top 10 Lists of Great American Music" and Austin appears on three of the lists including "great music towns," "great bigger-is-better music festivals" for the  Austin City Limits Music Festival and "sacred ground" for  Threadgill's restaurant. (June 2005)

According to's annual "Best Cities for Singles" list, Austin ranks #11 in the nation for singles looking to mingle  (July 2005)

 Vegetarian Times rates Austin 2nd on the Ten Greenest Cities list. (July/August 2005)

Austin ranks 6th in a study by  Silicon Valley  naming the nation's Top Tech Hubs. The study compared business and quality-of-life issues, claiming Austin has affordable housing, electricity and state taxes. (September 2005)

According to  Kiplinger  Austin is among the Coolest Cities for Young Professionals. (September 2005)

Obviously, Austin is a great place to call home! Let us help find the perfect home for you.



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JW Properties
5611 Hwy 290 West
Austin, TX 78735
Phone: 512.892.4663
Fax: 512.892.4680


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Jacqueline Wittmuss, Broker
JW Properties
Jacqueline Wittmuss, Broker
JW Properties
Ph: 512.892.4663Fax:512.892.4680
5611 Hwy 290 West
Austin, TX 78735 US
5611 Hwy 290 West, Austin, TX78735
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