Austin makes the short lists!

By Jeff Stewart, CCIM

It would be difficult to imagine how a town could be more energized than Austin is right now. Austin is on quite a roll.  As I write this, we are in our second week of SXSW and the global attention it has drawn is beyond anything any of us could have imagined just ten years ago.

Austin continues to make everyone’s short list for all sorts of categories.  Last year Austin was ranked number one on the following lists according to Gracy Title:

Top Economies in the Country (The Business Journals, Oct. 2013)

Fastest Growing Cities (Forbes.com, Jan. 2013)

Best Cities for Job Growth (Forbes.com, Aug. 2013)

Top Cities to Be A Moviemaker (Moviemaker.com, Mar. 2013)

Biggest Boomtowns in the U.S. (Bloomberg.com, April 2013)

Best Cities for Twenty Somethings (creditdonkey.com, Oct. 2013

Best Cities for Small Business (nerdwallet.com, Aug. 2013)

Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs (Under30CEO, Mar. 2013)

Those were top rankings.  We also were ranked in the top five of the following categories:

Best Cities for Veterans to Find Work (USAA, Oct. 2013))

Hardest Working Cities in the U.S. (Forbes.com July 2013)

Lowest Crime Rates in the U.S. (CQPRESS.COM, Feb. 2013)

Best Cities to Start a Business (NerdWallet.com, Aptil 2013)

Best Cities for Young Adults (BusinessInsider, Nov. 2013

Seattle and Portland, by comparison, made a few of the lists in the various polls but almost never ranked as high as Austin. Austin has had a good “buzz” around the country for years, but that buzz is now more of a roar.  I have been contacted twice this week by prospects wanting to move to Austin and NEITHER has ever even been here.  That is quite a buzz.

jstewart@stanberry.com   512-923-1669

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