Austin was one of the top cities with gains,
scoring high marks all around. Approximately 45% of Austinites 25 years of age
or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Intelligent Community Forum named Austin
the number one Top Intelligent Community,
and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included UT
Austin on its list as one of the “best values in
We’ve also been recognized as one of the
country’s “top five intellectual capitals,” and
we’ve been ranked among the top five cities
in Forbes annual “Best Place for Business and
Careers” listing for the last several years, in
part because of a highly educated workforce.
GROWTH, EDUCATION AND
It’s not surprising that the city’s growth in
recent years has had a considerable impact
on education. School districts have doubled
in size to accommodate more students,
with residents consistently approving
bond packages in Austin and surrounding
communities to renovate and build new
The business community is also committed
to education, with alliances like Austin Part-
ners in Education ( www.austinpartners.
org) – a collaboration between the Austin
Independent School District and the Greater
Austin Chamber of Commerce in which
business community partners are matched
with schools or districts, providing volunteer
services, in-kind contributions, or cash dona-
tions. A nonprofit organization, the group
offers schools support with technology and
other necessary resources.
Other partnerships include the Skill-point Alliance ( www.skillpointalliance.
org) – a program that promotes workforce
development in such in-demand industries
as technology (especially semiconductor,
information technology and digital media);
healthcare; and construction.
AUSTIN RANKS HIGH ON
QUALITY OF LIFE, EDUCATION
No matter where you’re moving, or even
whether or not you have children in school,
education is an important consideration for
anyone contemplating relocation. After all,
the quality of education in a community
affects everything from resale value to neighborhood schools.
Austin is also tops for higher education –
and area schools are just one of the
reasons many people move here and
decide to stay well past graduation.