Austin Tops U.S. News List of Best Places to Live for Second Year in a Row

April 18, 2018 1:41 pm

U.S. News and World Report announced this month that, for the second year in a row, Austin, Texas, is the best place to live in the United States. With its vibrant cultural life, excellent schools, and walkable communities, Austin is attracting new residents in droves. MorningStar is proud to provide affordable, beautiful homes to Austin’s families. Our welcoming communities offer the lifestyle new and veteran Austinians crave. We’re confident we can be a part of keeping Austin at the top of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Places to Live.

How U.S. News Chose Austin

It’s hard to settle on a location that’s great for everyone, but that’s exactly what U.S. News did when it chose Austin. The methodology for choosing Austin took a hard look at a wide range of factors, including:

  • Job market
  • Housing value
  • Quality of life
  • Migration
  • How desirable a community is

Austin boasts a bit of everything—an excellent job market, excellent yet affordable housing, growing home values, an extensive cultural life, very low crime, and friendly people. It’s no wonder it also ranks 9th on the list of Best Places to Retire.

Why Austin is Such a Great Place to Live

Austin is steeped in a rich and varied history. That might explain why its museums, restaurants, and art scene are unparalleled. Named the Live Music Capital of the world, its myriad music venues feature something to suit every taste. From small local acts to giant world-class bands, you can spend every weekend watching live music if you want. Austin is also home to some amazing music festivals, including the two-week Austin City Limits fall festival.

As a venture capital hub, Austin’s job market is rapidly expanding. The result is higher than average salaries and a low unemployment rate. Nicknamed “silicon hills,” Austin is increasingly a hot spot for tech.

Boasting six colleges and universities, Austin is a great place to get an education—including for children, who have the privilege of attending some excellent schools. Austin also remains incredibly safe, with friendly police officers and a significantly lower crime rate than the national average.

Projections for the future suggest things in Austin will only continue to improve. So it’s a great place to lay down roots.

Introducing the MorningStar Community

Where you live matters. “When deciding on a place to settle down, it’s important to understand that where a person lives can impact their well-being,” said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News, in a statement. We think MorningStar is the perfect community to lead a happy, fulfilling life. We think you’ll agree.

Georgetown’s MorningStar is nestled less than 10 miles from Georgetown’s stunning town square. Featuring 500 beautiful acres and 1,000 beautiful homes, our location is both convenient and quaint. The perfect place for families that love outdoor life, MorningStar offers bike and walking trails, and easy access to much of what’s great about Austin, including:

  • Local shopping, dining, and entertainment centers
  • Rivery Park, Bark Park, and San Gabiriel Park
  • Palace Theatre
  • Inner Space Cavern
  • Round Rock, the “Sports Capital of Texas,” including the Round Rock Express
  • And more! The local community is constantly growing, so moving to MorningStar is an investment in a great future and an evolving community.

MorningStar is part of the acclaimed Liberty Hill Independent School District (LHISD). LHISD consistently meets or exceeds local and federal academic benchmarks, and its standardized test scores show a trend of student improvement, even among struggling students. Whether your child is an academic superstar or needs help catching up, LHISD offers programs and services that treat your child as an individual.

Most areas across the U.S. require exorbitantly high housing costs to live in an excellent school district. MorningStar is different. With homes ranging from the $230s to $500s, we have an option for most budgets.

We think everyone deserves a great place to live, and a cozy home to call their own. We deliver on that promise every day. We’re proud to be a part of what makes Austin great. The only thing missing from our community might be you. Want to learn more? Give us a call today!