A-list anomalies

No matter what the scoring dimension, Austin usually ranks high on most lists of good things. The current Forbes magazine (April 23; page 84; byline Kurt Badenhausen; “Best Places: 200 Cities Rated for Business“) has us coming in at 66, behind Fort Worth and Houston, and not very far ahead of San Antonio; other Texas cities are lower than that on the list, which also purports to consider which are the best places for initiating a career. Among the categories examined are business costs, living costs, crime rate, college degrees (adult population with bachelor’s degrees or higher), three-year annualized rate of growth in income (whatever that may mean), and five-year annualized rate of growth in jobs. So we don’t even make the top quartile. Not only that, trust-fundy and granola-to-the-max Boulder is said to be number one nationally in the college-degree ranks (at 52.3%; do we really believe that we’re not even in the top ten?).

#66 Austin TX
Population: 1,504,000
Colleges: 48
Cost of Doing Business: 139
Cost Of Living: 116
Crime Rate: 113
Culture & Leisure: 116
Educational Attainment: 14
Income Growth: 198
Job Growth: 73
Net Migration: 27
Overall: 66

We’re said to be third from the bottom (198 out of 200) when it comes to income growth as the list-compilers have computed it (at -0.1 according to the “5-year anualized growth rate”). Local business promoters haven’t been trumpeting this article. If those people in Boulder are so smart, why aren’t they lving in Austin? Just wondering. We here are not un-smart enough to take the Forbes advice and head straight to North Carolina, that’s for sure.

3 Comments so far

  1. Ruralist (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    Raleigh, N.C. ?!

    Never. In. A. Million. Years.

    Have you seen that cat vomit that NC calls BBQ?

    It may be a good place to do business, but starvation is a sure thing.

  2. LEW (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    Fortunatly we do not live our lives statistically.

  3. LEW (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    Tacos were not factored in?

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