Austin is America’s Most Affordable City for Startups

Austin’s reputation and popularity just keeps growing! According to as study by Clever, a real estate tool and blog, Austin ranks number one as the most affordable metro in the United States for startups. The study looked at the top 50 most populated cities in the United States and factors considered in the study included startup density, startup growth, investment, education level of the local population, cost of living, and more.

In fact, the top four Texas metros all ranked in the top 10! After Austin at number 1, Dallas-Ft. Worth ranked number 3, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland was number 6 and San Antonio-New Braunfels landed at number 8.

Additional stats and highlights for why the study ranked Austin number 1 include:

  • Austin ranked number 1 overall for startup density, which is a measurement of new and forthcoming businesses (3 years old and younger).
  • Austin ranks number 2 for percentage of residents working at a startup at 8.6 percent.
  • Austin’s startup growth rate is 9.1 percent, ranking number 7 nationally.
  • Other highlights included Austin’s recreational activities, barbecue, live music and no corporate or personal income tax.
  • The Austin-metro area is home to more college-educated residents than any other area in Texas. 34.5 percent of Austin-metro residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree.


Source:,” Culture Map Austin.




Best Colleges in Texas for 2020

Niche has released it’s annual report on the Best Colleges for 2020. According to Niche, “The 2020 Best Colleges ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni.” These are the following factors considered in compiling their rankings, along with the weight percentage for each factor: Academics Grade (40% weight), Value Grade (27.5% weight), Professors Grade (7.5% weight), Campus Grade (5% weight), Diversity Grade (5% weight), Student Life Grade (5% weight), Student Surveys on Overall Experience (5% weight), Local Area Grade (2.5% weight) and Safety Grade (2.5% weight).

Looking more locally in Texas, what are the top Texas Universities according to the Niche study? Here are the top 10:

  1. Rice University
  2. University of Texas – Austin
  3. Southern Methodist University
  4. Texas A&M University
  5. Trinity University – Texas
  6. Texas Christian University
  7. Baylor University
  8. University of Texas – Dallas
  9. Texas Tech University
  10. LeTourneau University

According to the Niche study, here are the top 10 colleges nationally:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Harvard University
  5. Princeton University
  6. Duke University
  7. Brown University
  8. Columbia University
  9. University of Pennsylvania
  10. Rice University

To see the complete list of top Texas Universities, check out the article HERE. For the top list of colleges nationally, check out the article HERE.


Source:,” Niche.,” Niche.




3 Top Austin BBQ Spots

Barbecue is a big deal. Different places across the country have different recipes and traditions for how they cook the meat, the type of sauce they use and more. Austin has incredible restaurants of all types, and barbecue is no exception.

Southern Living’s contributing barbecue editor Robert Moss recently compiled his annual list of the South’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints. Texas took 9 of the top 50 spots, more than any other state! And of those 9, Austin is home to 3!

Top 3 Austin Barbecue Restaurants:

  1. Franklin Barbecue (#7 overall)
  2. Valentina’s Tex-Mex Barbecue (#19 overall)
  3. Micklethwait Craft Meats (#39 overall)

Top Texas Barbecue Restaurants:

  1. Snow’s BBQ in Lexington (#2 overall)
  2. Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor (#3 overall)
  3. Franklin Barbecue in Austin (#7 overall)
  4. Tejas Chocolates & Barbecue in Tomball (#8 overall)
  5. Cattleack Barbecue in Dallas (#11 overall)
  6. Valentina’s Tex-Mex Barbecue in Austin (#19 overall)
  7. Kreuz Market in Lockhart (#29 overall)
  8. Corkscrew BBQ in Spring (#32 overall)
  9. Micklethwait Craft Meats in Austin (#39 overall)
  10. Two Bros BBQ Market in San Antonio (#48 overall)

To check out the entire article and see all 50 restaurants, check out the article HERE.


Source:,” Culture Map Austin.






36 Things To Do in Austin in October

Oh how we love fall! The weather starts cooling down (well, maybe not so much this year) and we begin to think of all things pumpkin. With ACL officially over, there are still tons of great events happening in Austin the rest of October! Our friends at Austin Local have put together a great list of events. One great event is the Austin Film Festival which runs from October 24-October 31. The event is almost 20 years old and takes place at various venues throughout Austin. You might even catch a glimpse of a celebrity! To read the entire post, visit HERE.