Houston, Texas skyline

Texas cities have been topping national lists. Houston ranked first on WalletHub's most diverse cities list, and Austin is the best place to live according to U.S. News and World Report. The details on these stories and more are in today's RECON. (Photo from Center files.)

 

April 12, 2019

 

Texas Capital best place to live

 

​​WASHINGTON (U.S. News and World Report​– Austin has taken the top spot of U.S. News and World Report​'s list of the best places to live in the nation.

The capital ​​scored 7.6 overall​​, with desirability and net migration at 9.0, quality of life at 7.3,​​ and value at 6.7.

According to U.S. News, people are drawn to the city's music, outdoor spaces, and cultural institutions. While home values are increasing, the report noted Texas' lack of income tax and the low state and local tax rates. 

However, Austin is among the nation's worst metros for transit. 

​Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio ranked 21st, 30th, and 3​​4th, respectively. 

The rest of the top five rankings are Denver; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Des Moines, Iowa.