What makes Austin the “Best Place to Live?”

Natalie Heineman

U.S. News & World Report named Austin the “Best Place to Live in the USA.” The list looks at factors like cost of living, average income, crime rates and more.

Austin, don’t get your hopes up though because Des Moines, Iowa is number four. It isn’t that hard to beat Des Moines.

Here are a few things that cemented Austin’s place as the number one best place to live in the country:

Light traffic

A lack of plastic bags


Authentic tacos

Love for the finer things in life

The flagship Whole Foods store

Bars that are just someone’s bungalow