For the 3rd year in a row, Austin, Texas is the number one place to live in America, and Dallas is in the top 25.
I guess I’m just Texan to the core, because that really makes me swell with the teensiest bit of pride.
Having lived in Austin for the last five years, I can personally testify to its reason for the ranking.
However, having also lived in five other Texas towns, I really think it’s just TEXAS, y’all. People want to live here! And why wouldn’t they? We’re friendly, confident, benevolent folks who help our neighbors, love a good day trip and know exactly where to get a great chicken fried steak (or sushi).
Our universities are outstanding, our churches are amazing, our farms are beautiful, and everyone knows our grocery stores are the best in the country.
Oh, but there’s more. Palo Duro Canyon. Marfa. Fredericksburg and Galveston. In every corner, in every way, Texas is a state packed with adventure, fun, scenery, and one more thing. Influence.
Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times, sums it up like this: “You’d imagine a state with a motto like Don’t Mess With Texas would be a small scrappy state, but Texas is a huge scrappy state. And the people are great. We’re not used to thinking of Texas as a driving force in American affairs, but there you are. It really does seem as if these days, as Texas goes, so goes the nation, whether we like it or not.”
Yep. The Capital of Texas is the number one place to live for three years running.
Anyone really surprised?
Encouraging everyday intentional adventure in the beautiful, spacious, influential state of Texas,