Finding the best place to live is often a compromise between affordability and fun — but in this Austin suburb, you can have both. According to a new list, Round Rock is the No. 1 best affordable places to live in the country.
On the annual list, Livability.com picks the best places to live based on the cost of living as well as the range of entertainment options.
Round Rock is in the sweet spot for affordability, balancing "higher than average salaries and lower than average home prices," says Livability. According to numbers pulled from the Council for Community and Economic Research, the cost of living is almost 7 percent below the national average.
In addition to low property taxes and utility rates — which leave more money in residents' pockets — the local economy is bolstered by large companies such as Dell, TECO-Westinghouse and Dresser. In fact, the Austin-Round Rock area was recently deemed the No. 2 place in the U.S. for professionals in science, technology, engineering and math.
But it's not just about the dollars and cents. Round Rock has really been raking in the accolades of late. In addition to Livability's shout-outs to the Round Rock Express and Flix Brewhouse, our northern neighbors boast some great eateries and romantic evening delights. This Austin 'burb was also named one of the best places to raise a young family due to its wide variety of city events and the ever-important cost of living.
Falling behind the Texas town on the Livability list are Dayton, Ohio (No.2), Lawton, Oklahoma (No. 3), Lansing, Michigan (No. 4) and Appleton, Wisconsin (No. 5).