Austin Charm

Austin named one of the 10 friendliest cities in America

Austin named one of the 10 friendliest cities in America

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Austin ranks No. 10 on a new list of friendliest cities.  Photo by Alicia Vega

What they say about Texas charm must be true, because Travel + Leisure says Austin is one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. The 15 cities on the list were determined by the magazine's most recent America’s Favorite Cities survey.

"Readers ranked 38 metro areas for such inviting features as wine bars, pizza and luxury shopping — along with the conviviality of the locals who might be serving drinks, ringing up your order or just offering directions outside your hotel," explains T+L.

Winning cities also scored well for "pedestrian-friendly streets, cool boutiques, coffee houses, and even communal, picnic-table-equipped food truck pods." Is it any surprise that Austin ranked in the top 10?

At No. 10 on the list, Austin is championed as "highly social." "You can find chatty locals jogging around Lady Bird Lake (they ranked at No. 5 for being fit), taking a dip in the bracing waters of Barton Springs, or just waiting in line for the legendary brisket and trimmings at East Austin’s Franklin Barbecue," says T+L.

The magazine also touts our brainy locals — who enjoy perusing the shelves of BookPeople — and our ranking as a top spot for singles.

Nashville leads the list at No. 1, followed by Salt Lake City (No. 2) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (No. 3). The only other Texas city on the list is Houston (No. 11). Check out the other friendly spots here