Austin has regained its top spot in the state of Texas and is now ranked third in Wallethub's annual rankings of best big cities to live in 2018. WalletHub compared the 62 largest U.S. cities based on 56 key indicators of attractiveness. Their data set ranges from the quality of public schools and life expectancy to job opportunities and property taxes.
In order to determine the best and worst large cities to live in, WalletHub compared a sample of 62 U.S. cities (with populations of more than 300,000 each) across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economy, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life, and 5) Safety.
Austin dominated in a handful of categories, which propelled it to an overall ranking of No. 3, behind Seattle (No. 1) and Virginia Beach, Virginia (No. 2). This year's ranking is an upgrade from Austin's sixth place spot in 2017.
The city earned the No. 2 spot — its highest in any category — in economy, with education and health garnering the eighth spot. More middling ranks came for Austin's quality of life (16) and safety (21). Perhaps unsurprisingly, the affordability category was Austin's lowest score, No. 28.
Austin's economy ranked high in subcategories, tying for first among highest income growth alongside Seattle and San Francisco.