Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Six Safest Cities in Central Texas

Six Central Texas cities were named to the list of the safest cities in Texas, Community Impact reports.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security examined crime statistics from the FBI along with population data to determine the list. Colleyville, a Fort Worth suburb, topped the list.

Hutto came in at the 7th spot on the list. Other cities in the Austin area in the top 50 were Georgetown at number 22, Leander at 24, Lakeway at 35, Cedar Park at 37, and Buda at 50.

Kyle nabbed the 54th spot, Pflugerville was 57, Round Rock was 83, New Braunfels was 101, San Marcos was 143, and Austin was 163.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

How Many Hours Do Austinites Need to Work to Pay Rent?

How many hours do you have to work to pay rent in Austin and other Texas cities? Austin Culturemap reports on findings by SmartAsset.

The numbers were reached by examining the annual take home pay, average hours worked annually, and median rent for each city. Statistics came from the U.S. Census. To calculate how many hours residents have to work, they divided the median rent by the average hourly wage.

Austin residents have to work 64 hours a month at the hourly wage of $18.64 to make median rent of $1,194. That put Austin in the 13th spot on the list. San Antonio dwellers have to work 64.3 hours at the lower hourly wage of $14.36 to pay the median rent of $924, making it number 12. 

Houston was number 10, largely due to residents low average earnings ($31,060 annually, or $14.36 per hour post tax). Houstonians have to put in 66.3 hours to cover their rent of $952 a month. Dallas was number 11 with residents needing to work 64.5 hours at $14.50 to pay median rent of $935. Fort Worth ranked 15th and residents have to work 63.4 hours at $15.36 to cover the rent of $974.

El Paso was the most affordable Texas city. Residents there enjoy paying just $778 for rent and can cover their housing costs by working 63 hours at $12.36 per hour.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Austin Named #6 City Millennials are Moving to By Brookings Institution

Austin has made yet another top 10 list. This time it’s the top 10 cities Millennials are moving to in the United States. Business Insider reports on findings by the Brookings Institution.

Austin ranked number 6 on the list. Our metro population is 2,000,860 and about 544,234 of those are millennials. Austin’s increase of millennials from 2010 to 2015 was 11.8%.

Two other Texas cities made the list. Houston tied Cape Coral, Florida for the 7th spot. Houston’s metro population is 6,656,947, they have approximately 1,650,923 millennials living there, and their population of millennials increased 11.7% between 2010 and 2015.

San Antonio was number 2 on the list, with an overall metro population of 2,384,075, 598,403 millennial residents, and an increase in their millennial population of 14.4% between 2010 and 2015.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Austin's Graffiti Park Moving

Austin’s Graffiti Park is moving from its current digs, a bunch of abandoned foundations that were laid for condos in the 80’s before the market went belly-up, to Carson Creek Ranch, the Austin American Statesman reports.

The developer will have to document HOPE Outdoor Gallery before demolition can start. The park will stay open through June while the developers create a timeline for construction on the new project. 

The developer has delayed construction on their project until HOPE found a new home. Their new home will be six acres with over 48,000 square feet for artists to use as their canvas.

The new home should be open by the end of 2019 and will include restrooms and other facilities that HOPE’s current space on Baylor street just doesn’t have.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Rental Trends in Austin and Beyond

Austin isn’t the most expensive place to rent in Texas, Culturemap Austin reports. 

That honor actually goes to Dallas, where the median rent last year for a one bedroom apartment was $1,190. Austin’s median rent was a tiny bit less at $1,142. 

Across the US, the median rent for a one bedroom was up 2.4 percent and two bedrooms saw an increase of 3 percent. Most of the increases came in the last quarter of 2017.

28 states had increases in rent for one bedrooms. Texas’ one bedroom rent was up .5 percent to $882.

Austin’s rent for a one bedroom increased by .3 percent overall, which was the least change in any rental market in the state. Of other Texas cities, Corpus Christi had the biggest increase in median rent at 1.9 percent and El Paso had the biggest decrease, where rent was down 1.9 percent.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Austin Named the 6th Hottest Housing Market in the US by Zillow

Austin has been named one of the ten hottest housing markets in the country, Culturemap Austin reports.

Zillow ranked US cities on metrics including home value and rent forecasts, income and population growth, current unemployment rates, and the number of job openings per person from Glassdoor to come up with a “hotness” score.

Austin’s hotness score put us in the 6th spot. As far as what neighborhoods are projected to see the biggest growth?  Zillow said Pecan Springs Springdale, MLK, Montopolis, West Congress, and Coronado Hills will see their home values increase the most.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Texas #1 Moving Destination in the US

Texas is the number one moving destination in the US, according to a report from U-Haul, the Austin Business Journal reports.

Arrivals of U-Haul trucks in Texas we up 1 percent over the previous year last year, and while departures were up 3 percent, trucks arriving in Texas were still over 50%, so that kept Texas as the top state for arrivals.

Texas was number 39 for growth in 2015. 

Florida was number 2, and Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, North Carolina, Connecticut, Colorado, and Vermont rounded out the rest of the top ten.

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