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.
The U.S. News & World 2018 Best Places to Live Report reveals the best metropolitan areas that are affordable, have plenty of career opportunities and offer a great quality of life. These metropolitan areas are affordable, have plenty of career opportunities and offer a great quality of life.
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.
To clarify a common misconception, Denver is not a mountain town. It actually takes at least an hour to drive to the Rockies. But there are some great places for recreating within a 30-minute drive of downtown, such as Red Rocks Park and Cherry Creek State Park. Some might say that Denver is experiencing a gold rush of a different color: green.
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.
Portland residents are also less willing to commit to an organized faith than those who live in other parts of the country. In the U.S., Portland is rated at the top of the list for residents without a religious affiliation. Across the region, the homeless population isn't as high as some metro areas.
What's the weather like in Huntsville, AL? Like many places in the South, Huntsville is hot and humid in the spring and summer: Temperatures heat up in April and don't cool off until mid-October. Due to its geographic location in north Alabama, Huntsville is located in Tornado Alley.