The Austin Photo Book blog highlights why people love Austin by talking about Austin attractions and events from a local point of view.

The pictures on this blog are from the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait, or taken by the photographer of the book, Peter Tsai.

The book is on sale today both online and in stores. Buy a copy by clicking on this image or by visiting your local Austin bookstore!


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We already know that recently, people have been moving to Austin in large numbers, but did you know that more than 17 million people visit the capital of Texas every year?

What do visitors come to Austin for? Tens of thousands of people come regularly for hugely popular events like the SXSW Conferences, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and University of Texas football games. Others come to visit family and friends or to take advantage of the many attractions around town, like the State Capitol (which gets 1 million visitors a year), great museums, a great music and nightlife scene, and Austin’s natural beauty.

One thing is for sure – people love Austin. As if the city’s friendly people, burgeoning restaurant scene, world class university, great attractions, beautiful public facilities, and low cost of living weren’t proof enough for why people love this place, the following sampling of superlative “Best Of” lists that Austin has been named to provide a clearer picture.

Top Austin, Texas “Best Of Lists”

Number One Best City for the Next Decade – Kiplinger for 2010-2020
Best Places to Live 2009 – US News and World Report
Best Cities to Move to in America 2010 – Yahoo! Real Estate
Number 1 Big City for Jobs 2009 – Forbes.com
Most Popular City For Young People (ages 24-35) 2007-2009 – Brookings Institute
Best City For Recession Recovery – Forbes / Yahoo! Finance
Number 2 American IT startup ‘Hot Spot’
Best Bargain City in America 2009 – Forbes.com
Top 10 City for Young Professionals 2010 – Forbes
Top U.S. Entrepreneurial Creative Center 2010 – Entrepreneur
Most Dog Friendly City in America 2008
Fourth best place to visit in U.S. in 2011 – Lonely Planet
6th Smartest City in America 2010 – CNNMoney.com
America’s Number 3 Best Music Citiy 2010 – Travel+Leisure
3rd Best City for Singles 2010 – Travel+Leisure
5th Least Stressed City in America 2010

Do you know of any other cool “best of” lists that Austin is on? What are the reasons that you love Austin? Let us know in the comments!

Also, don’t forget that the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait will be in bookstores everywhere in March!

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2 Responses to “Proof of Why People Love Austin – Austin Named to Countless “Best Of” Lists”

  1. Martin W. says:

    Very cool blog Peter! I’m torn on who I can share it with though…once all my out of town friends see how cool austin is they are going to want to move here. And sooner or later we’ll start looking more like Dallas, which scares me! Thanks for sharing though!

  2. [...] This growth comes as no surprise, as studies in years past have shown Austin to be a premier destination for young people and magazines and news agencies have named Austin in too many superlative lists to count. [...]

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