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Austin Takes no.8 on the ‘Best Cities’ List

Austin has earned a spot on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s “America’s 50 Best Cities” list, ranking high at No. 8.

The ranking evaluated 100 of the country’s largest cities, looking factors including the number of restaurants, libraries, museums, sports teams and park acreage, as well as educational facilities, economic factors, crime and air quality.

BusinessWeek notes University of Texas’ football team, Round Rock-based Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL), South By Southwest and the Austin City Limits music festival among highlights.

Other Texas cities to make the list include Houston, No. 22; San Antonio, No. 30; and Dallas, No. 41.

San Francisco took the No. 1 spot on the list.

Rank: 8 Population: 797,215

The capital of the Lone Star state, Austin is our largest city without a major professional sports team, but don’t feel sorry—its main college attraction, the UT-Longhorns football team, can draw more than 100,000 spectators to games. With computer company Dell (DELL) located just north of town, Austin has become a major destination for top tech talent, as well. It hosts the annual tech and music festival South by Southwest, which added a Startup Village for investing and schmoozing last year. There’s also the annual outdoor Austin City Limits music festival, which lures acts from around the globe each fall. Bars: 212 Restaurants: 2,135 Museums: 25 Libraries: 35 Pro sports teams: 0 Park acres per 1,000 residents: 37 Colleges: 9 Percent with graduate degree: 11 Median household income: $65,886 Percent unemployed: 6.3

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