Austin was the top Texas city of the best cities to rent in the US.
Culture Map Austin reports on what made Austin one of the best cities to rent in the US. More than 45,000 residents across the country were asked to score their city on several metrics. Austin overall earned an A minus, as did San Antonio, the two highest ranked cities in the state. Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth all earned B plus or B.
Strong Job Market
The biggest reason why Texas cities made the list of best places to rent was Texas’ strong job market. Austin was graded A plus for jobs and career opportunities. San Antonio received an A, Dallas and Houston were awarded an A minus. Fort Worth got a B Plus on job market.
Another reason people move to Texas is for a great social life. The major Texas cities did great on that metric as well. Austin earned an A. For proof, check out the best happy hours in Austin. San Antonio and Dallas also got an A. Houston and Fort Worth did slightly worse and were awarded an A minus.
Texas’ lower tax burden definitely contributes to Austin being one of the best cities to rent in the US. It could be a major reason why so many former Californians have come to Texas. Dallas and Austin both scored A Plus for state and local taxes; Houston, San Antonio, and Fort Worth got A’s.
Traffic was the only category endangering Austin’s position on the list of the best cities to rent. In addition to a lot of traffic, most Texas cities don’t have robust public transportation systems. Austin got a D for commute and public transportation. Fort Worth got an A in commute time but a C plus for transportation. Houston got a B minus for both and Dallas earned a B plus for commute and a B for transportation. Finally, San Antonio got a B plus for commute and B for transportation.
Austin also got an A plus on pet-friendliness.
Texas did very well overall. The state got an overall A, which put it 8th on the list. Texas was awarded an A plus for jobs and career opportunities, a B plus for affordability, a C plus for commute time, and a B minus for transportation.