Best Places to Live

Austin , TX

Population: 887,061
photo by Annie Ray, Courtesy of Hops and Grain

As the capital of Texas, Austin is home to the University of Texas along with nearly 85 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. A community motto for years is “Keep Austin Weird” to promote the city’s eccentricity and diversity, and more than 36 microbreweries are garnering success. Top spots include Austin Beerworks as well as Hops & Grains Brewing, which offers selections like The One They Call Zoe.