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Austin ranked as No. 1 most popular place in US to live

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Big 12 rivals hate on it for the traffic and supposed hippie presence, but Austin is where it’s at.

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According to data complied by realtor.com, Austin is the most popular place in the United States to live right now, based on “migration ratio,” “views ratio,” and “growth rate.”

And, of course, the positioning of Austin as one of the best places to live in the country is hardly surprising — earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report named it the best place to live in America.

That study looked at the job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration in creating its rankings.

With nearby lakes, plenty of hiking opportunities in areas like the Greenbelt, a vibrant music scene, and continually growing entertainment districts, in addition to available jobs for recent graduates in areas like the tech industry, there’s plenty love about Austin beyond the University of Texas.

Speaking of which, the news comes at a favorable time for the Longhorns, as the football program is surging with recruits. Combined with the increased social media presence of the new coaching staff, the realtor.com data could provide something else for high school football players to think about as they weigh their respective decisions.