A view of the Austin skyline from the boardwalk by Lady Bird Lake

UT Austin is in the heart of one of the most fun, culturally vibrant, and economically booming cities in the U.S. Whether you’re looking for a classic college town atmosphere, a walkable downtown with top restaurants and nightlife, world-renowned festivals, football games with over 100,000 fans, a rapidly growing tech and startup scene, or beautiful green spaces – Austin really has it all. 

Quality of Life

  • #1 Best Place to Live in the United States (3rd year in a row), U.S. News and World Report (2019)
  • #14 Happiest City in the U.S., WalletHub (2019)
  • #14 Healthiest Place in the U.S., WalletHub (2019)
  • #9 Most Educated City in the U.S., WalletHub (2017)
  • #1 Super Cool U.S. City to Visit, Expedia (2017)
  • #1 Fastest Growing City in the U.S., Forbes (2016)

Economy and Business

  • #1 Hottest Labor Market in the U.S., Wall Street Journal (2019)
  • #5 Best City to Start a Career in the U.S., WalletHub (2019)
  • #4 Best Big City to Start a Business in the U.S., WalletHub (2019)
  • #4 Best Metro Area for STEM Professionals in the U.S., WalletHub (2019)
  • #1 Fastest Job Growth in the U.S. from 2007—2017, Brookings Institute (2019)
  • #4 Best City for Job Seekers in the U.S., Indeed (2017)

Culture and Recreation

  • #10 Best Food City in the U.S., WalletHub (2018)
  • #2 Most Exciting Food City, Zagat (2017)
  • #1 Best Music City in the U.S., Thrillist (2015)
  • #13 Best Bike City in the U.S., Bicycling Magazine (2018)
  • 1 of the Top 10 Art Cities in the U.S., Artists Network (2018)
  • 2 of the Top 15 Best Music Festivals in the U.S. (SXSW and Austin City Limits), Festicket (2019)
  • 2 of the Top 19 Best Music Festivals in the U.S. (SXSW and Austin City Limits), Time Out (2018)