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Top of the Charts

Austin continues to gain favorability as one of the nation's top travel destinations. But don't take our word for it - check out what leading publications and research firms are saying:


  • Austin is named one of America's Best Bike Cities by Bicycling Magazine (September 2014) 
  • Austin is one of the friendliest cities in America for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, according to personal finance website NerdWallet (May 2014) 
  • Austin is named one of the Top 10 Fittest Cities in America by Sharecare (January 2014) 
  • Forbes names Austin America's #1 Fastest-Growing City for the fourth year in a row (February 2014) 
  • Austin is ranked the No. 4 safest city in the United States with a population over 500,000 by the FBI (2013) 
  • Austin is the No. 1 City to Watch in 2014 by Forbes (December 2013) 
  • The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has been named one of the top ten best U.S. Airports for Art by 10Best and USA Today's Reader's Choice Contest (November 2013) 
  • Austin's economy ranked No. 1 in the country by The Business Journals' On Numbers (October 2013) 
  • InvestmentNews ranks Austin, Texas No. 1 best city to open your small business (September 2013) 
  • Austin is named the #20 top meeting destination in the United States by the Professional Convention Management Association (August 2013) 
  • Daily Beast places Austin as the 4th ‘most thriving' city in the U.S. (August 2013) 
  • JLL index ranks Austin as number 6 high tech city (August 2013) 
  • Forbes names Austin #1 City for Future Job Growth (August 2013) 
  • PETA names Austin the Most Vegan-Friendly City in America (June 2013) 
  • Fodor's names Enchanted Rock State Park as one of the 7 Best Hikes in the US  (June 2013)
  • Moneyunder30.com ranks Austin the #1 City in America to Be Young, Broke & Single (June 2013)
  • The American College of Sport Medicine ranks Austin the 11th Fittest City in America and number 1 fittest city in Texas in their latest American Fitness Index  (May 2013)
  • Matador Network names Austin #2 best beer town in America (May 2013)
  • Bloomberg News ranks Austin #1 on its list of Top 12 American Boomtowns (April 2013)
  • Nerdwallet.com ranks Austin 3rd Best City to Start a Business (April 2013)
  • Priceline.com ranks Austin #7 on its list of America's Most Pet-Friendly Cities for Travelers (April 2013)
  • CQ Press names Austin's crime rate as the fourth lowest in the nation among cities with more than 500,000 people (February 2013)
  • Business Insider ranks Austin the 9th most innovative city (February 2013)
  • Forbes names Austin America's fastest growing city (January 2013)
  • MovieMaker Magazine ranks Austin #1 on its list of "Ten Best Cities in the U.S. to Live, Work, and Make Movies (January 2013)
  • SizeUp.com ranks Austin a top U.S. city for tech startups (October 2012)
  • Forbes names East Austin #7 of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods (September 2012)
  • USA Today names Austin a Top City for Tech Startups (August 2012)
  • Forbes ranks Austin among America's Coolest Cities to Live (July 2012)
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Austin #2 best city for young adults (July 2012)
  • Travel + Leisure names Austin among America's Best Burger Cities (June 2012)
  • The Daily Meal names Franklin Barbecue #15 best restaurant in the country (June 2012)
  • Sherman's Travel ranks Austin #1 in Top 10 Cities for BBQ (May 2012)
  • BBC.com Travel names Austin as one of the healthiest cities in America (may 2012)
  • Austin ranks #1 on Forbes list of America's Fastest Growing Cities (April 2012)
  • BBC names Waterloo Records one of the best 5 record shops in the the world (April 2012)
  • Conde Nast Traveler readers rank Barton Creek and Hyatt Regency Lost Pines among the Top 25 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts (April 2012)
  • Departures.com names Austin A Top Spring Travel Destination (April 2012)
  • PayScale Inc. ranks Austin #2 for tech startup jobs (March 2012)
  • US News Travel ranks Austin 5th among America's Best BBQ Cities (March 2012)
  • Fodor's lists Austin among Top 10 Places to Travel this Spring (February 2012)
  • Lucky Magazine names Austin among the 25 best cities for shopping (February 2012)
  • Pollstar names Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater "Best New Major Concert Venue" (February 2012)
  • Orbitz names Austin a travel hotspot in 2012. (January 2012)
  • Newsday calls Austin a foodie and family friendly destination. (January 2012)
  • Travel + Leisure ranks Austin among the top 3 of America's Techiest Cities. (January 2012)
  • MovieMaker Magazine ranks Austin #2 on its list of "Top Cities to be an Independent Moviemaker." ( February 2012)
  • Women's Health magazine ranks Austin the 4th healthiest city for women. (January 2012)







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