Forbes Ranks Austin in Top Cities to Earn a Living

Source: Forbes, Francesca Levy, 9.30.09

In determining the top cities to earn a living, Forbes magazine considered a number of key factors including: low cost of living, job growth, premium commercial environment, and home to businesses in growing, high-paying industries.  Austin ranked fourth in the nation.  Here are the top ten:

1. Dallas
2. Houston
3. Minneapolis
4. Austin
5. Washington, D.C.
6. St. Louis
7. Seattle
8. Atlanta
9. Kansas City
10. Denver

Austin Ranks #1 For Job Growth

Michael Shires, associate professor in public policy at Pepperdine University, and Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow and director of the Urban Futures Program at Chapman University, have spent the past five years compiling lists of the best places to do business.  Kotkin recently summarized their results in an article on www.newgeography.com.  Listen to what he has to say about Texas:  “The top of the complete ranking–which, for ease, we have broken down into the two smaller lists, of the best big and small cities for jobs–is dominated by one state: Texas. The Lone Star State may have lost a powerful advocate in Washington, but it’s home to a remarkable eight of the top 20 cities on our list–including No. 1-ranked Odessa, a small city in the state’s northwestern region. Further, the top five large metropolitan areas for job growth–Austin [ranked #1], Houston, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Dallas–are all in Texas’ “urban triangle.”” Read More

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Texas Ranked #1: Fastest Growing Counties

According to the Austin Business Journal, the U.S. Census report found ten Texas counties among the top 25 fastest-growing in the country.  As a state, that puts Texas in the number one position above California with 6, Arizona with 2 and North Carolina with 2.  These rankings included Travis County in 14th and Williamson County in 23rd.  Read More.

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41 Largest Landowners Reside in Texas

Forty-One of the country’s 100 largest landowners, in terms of number of acres, live in Texas according to The Land Report. Of the top 20, 9 are in Texas including the heirs of the King Ranch who rank sixth with 851,642 acres. View the Land Report’s 100

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Texas Top in Job Growth

A recent study by bizjournal.com ranked job growth of US cities for 2008. Texas took five of the top ten spots.

1. Houston – added 57,300 jobs
2. Dallas-Fort Worth – added 43,300 jobs
3. San Antonio – added 14,900 jobs
5. Austin – added 9,600 jobs
9. El Paso – added 5,300 jobs

Bizjournal Article

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