Originally named "Waterloo," Austin remains rich in history, from the bronze statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan that greets visitors near the river, to the stately Capitol that anchors downtown, to the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas at Austin. Named the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin has a plethora of music venues and local bands to entertain endless crowds.
Getty Images. The most expensive U.S. cities are usually expensive for a reason. Residents pay higher living costs in exchange for favorable geography, climate, culture or economic prosperity -- or all of the above. Of course, that doesn't make the most expensive cities the "best" cities to live in, at least not for everyone, says Jennie Allison of the Center for Regional Economic ...
Who lives in Colorado Springs, CO? Colorado Springs is home to a sizable retiree community. More than a tenth of the population is over the age of 65. As the area military members retire, they often stay close to the nearby military bases for medical care, shopping privileges and a fairly low cost of living.
What's the cost of living in Des Moines, IA? The cost of living in Des Moines is lower than the national average. Housing prices in Des Moines proper are well below the national median. Downtown, housing costs tend to be especially reasonable. But venture out to suburban areas like West Des Moines, Ankeny and Urbandale, and home prices increase.
Fayetteville is a white-collar area, with a significant portion of the workforce employed in professional jobs; many work for the University of Arkansas. Naturally, university life has a major influence on local Fayetteville culture; when students return from break, the area feels dramatically more energetic.
Excellent intercity rail service is also present mainly in the form of the Amtrak Cascades, connecting Eugene, Oregon to Portland, Seattle and ultimately Vancouver B.C. Recreation and outdoor activities abound at the coast, 60 miles west, and the Oregon Cascades and Mount Hood ski area, 50 miles east.
Huntsville is a surprising and up-and-coming research, technology and high-tech manufacturing center in extreme north Alabama. It is known as the “Space Capital of America,” a role that started in the 1940’s when a U.S. senator brought famed German scientists, including Dr. Wernher von Braun, to a local U.S. Army arsenal to continue their work.