Austin ranked No. 6 in study of best big cities to live in


The city of Austin was ranked the country’s sixth-best big city to live in, according to a study released today by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

Using data from 17 research firms—including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the WalletHub study evaluated 50 factors to rank the 62 largest cities in the U.S.

Each city was ranked in affordability, economy, education and health, safety and quality of life, WalletHub spokesperson Diana Popa said in a press release.

Austin was the third-best city based on economy, the 14th-ranked city based on education and health, and the 17th-ranked city based on quality of life, the study states. The city was ranked 32nd in both affordability and safety.

The top 10 big cities to live in based on the study were:

  1. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  2. Seattle
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. San Diego
  5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  6. Austin
  7. Minneapolis
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Denver
  10. San Jose, California

Seven other Texas cities were included in the study: El Paso was ranked 25th, Arlington ranked 30th, Fort Worth ranked 33rd, San Antonio ranked 35th, Dallas ranked 43rd, Corpus Christi ranked 47th and Houston ranked 49th.

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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