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According to a recent report by USAA, Austin is ranked 5th in the nation for opportunities for veterans to find jobs. This is the second year in a row that Austin has ranked in the top 10 on the list. Austin often ranks on lists of the "Best Places To Live" in the US, particularly because of the low cost of living (median home price is $186,800), high household income, low unemployment (5.3%), high job growth rate (3.4%) and booming economy.
Vocativ put out a unique piece based on data across the US' major cities using criteria important for those under 35, a segment largely ignored by demographers. Across 50 cities, here is how Austin ranks:
Median Age - 30.9 (Rank: 4)
Average Rent for 2-Bedroom Apartment - $1,230 (Rank: 29)
Cost of Gallon of Gas - $3.23 (Rank: 7)
Cost of Electricity - 9.00¢ (Rank: 17)
Average Cost of Groceries (Rank: 13)
Public Transportation Ridership - 12% (Rank: 12)
Green Commuter Index (Rank: 2)
Cost of Internet - $26.85 (Rank: 21)
Average Salary - $55,000 (Rank: 24)
Number of Laundromats Per 100,000 People - 4.4 (Rank: 24)
Number of Coffee Shops Per 100,000 People - 62.4 (Rank: 18)
Number of Vintage Clothing Stores Per 100,000 People - 14.4 (Rank: 11)
Number of Cheap Takeout
Zagat recently posted a list of Austin's 10 best food celebrities:
Paul Qui:Top Chef winner and owner of East Side King and Qui
Todd Duplechan: Chef at Lenoir
Bridget Dunlap: Owner of Lustre Pearl and Mettle
C.K. Chin: General Manager at Swift’s Attic, Kenichi and Paggi House
Jason Stevens: Bartender at Bar Congress, East Side Show Room and Tigress
Ben Runkle: Co-owner of Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria
Jesse Griffiths: Chef at Dai Due
Drew Curren: Chef at 24 Diner, Easy Tiger and Arro
Philip Speer: Pastry Chef at Uchi and Uchiko
First built in the 1800's by Dr. Wooten and his wife, Ella, the mansion was entered into the National Registry of Historic Places in 1975. In 1983 it became the Chemical Dependency Treatment Center of Austin. Then in 2003, the structure was renovated to become the Mansion at Judge's Hill and finally went through its most recent transformation into Hotel Ella in 2012. The hotel is also home to one of Austin's…
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, The Continental Club and Stubb's are among the premier live music venues in the country. South Congress' Continental Club opened in 1957 and has become a cornerstone of Austin's music scene. Stubb's has built itself into one of the required venues for up and coming bands as well as established bands.
Apparently electric vehicles are catching on in Texas' capitol city as Austin now ranks #4 in the nation For EVs based on population. According the ChargePoint Inc., the operator of a network of charging stations, Austin lags behind only San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego. Austin has a reported 790 registered electric vehicles and 500 dedicated charging stations.