Austin Tops Another Freaking List
We seem to never stop topping the "best of" lists in American magzines. Austin is the "Best City for the Next Decade" according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. And we thought our heads couldn't get any bigger.
As "arguably the country’s best crucible for small business, Austin has spawned many companies with unique twists that have gone nationwide," Kiplinger’s reports. "The city’s 200 live music venues, lakes, parks, and funky businesses all contribute to its eclectic vibe."
Kiplinger’s rated cities on livability and a good business environment for entrepreneurs and job seekers.
"Creativity in music, arts and culture, plus neighborhoods and recreational facilities that rank high for ‘coolness,’ attract like-minded professionals who go on to cultivate a region’s business scene," said Robert Frick, Kiplinger’s senior editor. "All of these factors make our 2010 Best Cities more than just great places to live. They’re also great places to start a business or find a job."
City Manager Marc Ott said that this national recognition validates that innovation and creative thinking are key as the City strives to be the best managed city in the country.
"Every day, the City of Austin is committed to creating opportunities for our residents to prosper," City Manager Ott said in a city press release. "That entails looking for fresh ideas and perspectives. Becoming the best managed city in the country is both a goal and a passion."
Behind Austin on Kiplinger’s list of "Best Cities for the Next Decade" are:
- 1. Austin
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Boulder, Colo.
5. Salt Lake City
6. Rochester, Minn.
7. Des Moines, Iowa
8. Burlington, Vt.
9. West Hartford, Conn.
10. Topeka, Kan.
This year’s picks are profiled in the July issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance on newsstands June 8, and online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/bestcities.