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Austin Rankings

From the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • #2 best city for future job growth — Forbes (July 2014)
  • #1 fastest-growing city in terms of population and economy — Forbes (February 2014)
  • #1 Metro Area with Most Economic Momentum Going into 2014 — Forbes (January 2014)
  • #14 Best City for Business and Careers — Forbes (July 2013)
  • #1 of the Top 12 American Boomtowns — Bloomberg News (April 2013)
  • #1 best place for young adults — The Business Journals (March 2013)
  • #3 best city for good jobs — Forbes (February 2013)
  • #9 most innovative city — Business Insider (February 2013)
  • #8 of the 50 best cities in America — Businessweek (September 2012)
  • Among the top 3 of America's techiest cities —Travel + Leisure (January 2012)
  • #2 user of green power among local governments — Environmental Protection Agency (July 2012)
  • #9 best city in the country for business and careers — Forbes (June 2012)

Read more about Austin from the UT website.

Austin used to be a pleasant surprise for business students and visitors from out of state, but the city's great weather, friendly atmosphere and thriving economy aren't secrets anymore.

Demographers call Austin a "City of Ideas." It is one of a handful of American regions where a new creative class of entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists and visionaries are reshaping the model for American prosperity.

A well-educated work force, a world-class research university, a favorable business climate, a reasonable tax structure, and an outstanding quality of life are the top five reasons why companies choose Austin. Over 800 semi-conductor, energy, computer and software companies call Austin home. Other industries, like bioscience, film, music, and logistics and distribution are well-represented and growing.

The McCombs School of Business benefits from strong relationships with our local business community. They join us as research partners, recruiters, visiting lecturers, practicum sponsors, and guest speakers.

Austin is one of the best cities in America, with plenty to offer on  any front from opportunities to network with bleeding edge entrepreneurs to an entertainment infrastructure to rival any major city.

- Brooks Butler, MPA '14

The city also boasts scenic beauty, a laid-back atmosphere, and a lively arts and music scene. Whatever your tastes, there's a great time waiting for you here in Austin, Texas.


  • Over 1,700,000 residents in the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area
  • 172 city parks
  • 30 miles of urban hike and bike trails
  • Crystal-clear lakes, streams and rivers for boating, skiing, windsurfing, swimming and kayaking
  • Symphony, ballet and opera
  • Art galleries and museums
  • Over 120 live music venues

More about Austin from the McCombs School website

Page last updated: 10/15/2014