CNBC recently released a list of America’s top ten cities to relocate to. Texas had three cities in the listing, more than any other state. The Texas cities that made this list were: Fort Worth, Arlington and Austin. Texas and Iowa were the only states with more than one city and/or metropolitan area listed. Iowa is home to the third and sixth ranked cities on the list. Iowa’s #3 ranking is largely due to Omaha, Nebraska, the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa has long been considered a part of the Omaha metropolitan area. Iowa’s own Des Moines came in at #6.
Most of the cities on the listing by CNBC are in the heartland in states like Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Notably the only eastern cities to make the list were Pittsburgh, PA (#1) and Buffalo NY (#2). No west coast cities made the top 10.
Fort Worth, located on the western edge of the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex, was ranked #4 on the list. Fort Worth boasts a growing art scene, rich culture, and authentic Texas night life. Residents of the city enjoy an abundance of cultural events including concerts, rodeos, and festivals. From Sundance Square in the historic downtown to the world famous Stockyards, Fort Worth is full of fun and entertaining things for the entire family to enjoy. Fort Worth apartments have a median rent of $599 per month* and the city has a median home price of $119,300.
Arlington tied with Fort Worth as the #4 best city in America to relocate to on CNBC’s list. Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is fondly known as the “metroplex’s playground”, it is home to Six Flags Over Texas, Texas Rangers Ballpark, the new billion dollar Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and the International Bowling Museum. The Texas Rangers recently made it to the American League Championship Series winning the ALCS pennant for the first time in history and are now playing in the World Series; some of those games are being played in Arlington. While the Dallas Cowboys’ season has seemed to flounder so far this year, Cowboys Stadium and the City of Arlington will be the hosts of Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
The city of Arlington lacks a major nightlife and culture scene, primarily due to its vicinity and convenient commute to both Dallas and Fort Worth. However, more restaurants and night clubs are being built in a new shopping district called “The Highlands”. In addition, the city has erected a pavilion for outdoor concerts, events, and other festivals. The City of Arlington is also actively working towards integrating the local university, the University of Texas at Arlington, into the revitalization of the downtown area. Arlington apartments have a median rent of $552 per month* and the city has a median home price of $127,420 far less than the national average.
Coming in at #5 on the list of cities ranked by CNBC is the Austin-Round Rock metro area. The area is home to many higher education facilities and Austin was recently named the #1 College Town by The Travel Channel. The Austin - Round Rock metro area has repeatedly made headlines for the strong economic growth, low unemployment rates, and ability to create new jobs during the recent economic decline. The metro area; which includes Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Georgetown, has an impressive unemployment rate of 6.5%. That is drastically lower than the national average, which currently sits at a high 10.2%. Renting in Austin can be more expensive than Fort Worth or Arlington with a median rent of $744 per month*. The median home price is $218,881.
Texas is one of the best states to relocate to. Whether you move to Dallas – Fort Worth to take advantage of the low housing prices in Fort Worth or to enjoy all the fun and exciting events in Arlington, or you move to the state’s capital where weird is cool and jobs are plentiful; Texas is a great choice to make your new home.
*all median rents based on one bedroom apartments - median rent data provided by UMoveFree