Facts, Figures, Rankings, and Statistics about Austin, TX: Live & Play
January 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm nelsonproject
Austin: “Safest of Big Texas Cities,” CQ Press (November, 2008 )
CQ Press analyzed 2007 crime statistics for all U.S. cities with a population of 75,000 or more. Austin took the No.199 spot among the nation’s largest cities in terms of criminal activity. For comparison, San Antonio is the 233rd safest city; Fort Worth ranks 243; Dallas is 352; and Houston is 338. Kudos to Austin’s neighbor, Round Rock, for being the 19th safest city in the country.
Austin: “Best Sports City” – No. 31, Sporting News (October, 2008 )
Austin jumped to No. 31 in Sporting News’ 2008 list – a dramatic improvement from No. 57 on the 2007 list. The Best Sports City rankings looked at the 12-month period from October 2007 to October 2008, and are based on point values assigned to various categories for each city, ranging from won-lost records, postseason appearances, number of teams and attendance.
Austin: “Most Sustainable U.S. City” – No. 13, SustainLane.com (September, 2008 )
The online source of articles and recommendations about green living ranked 50 cities based on a variety of criteria, including water and air quality, local food sources and availability of public transportation. Austin received high marks for its air quality, green building standards, energy and climate change policy, planning and land use.
Austin: “America’s Favorite Cities,” – Travel+Leisure (September, 2008 )
Austinites get high marks just for being ourselves: we came in 2nd place for friendliness and athleticism, and 3rd place for intelligence and attractiveness. The city also has great bands/live music, and a buzzing singles/bar scene, which ranked 2nd and 4th, respectively.
Austin: “Best City to Live,” – No. 6, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (July 2008 )
Factors in choosing the best 10 cities included population growth, income growth, job growth, percentage of workforce in the creative class (workers, such as engineers and entertainers, that inject both economic and cultural vitality into a city and help make a vibrant place to live), quality of jobs and cost of living.
Austin: “Best Cities for Clean Drinking Water,” – No. 2, Forbes (April, 2008 )
Data from consumer confidence reports provided annually by community water systems was compiled and examined by University of Cincinnati researchers. In its “United States Drinking Water Quality Study Report,” the Austin region was among the top 10 metropolitan statistical areas for lowest levels of lead, turbidity and haloacetic acid.
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