Recent reports from a variety of news outlets indicate that the Central Texas region is among the top performers when compared to other U.S. cities. From San Marcos being deemed the best place to raise children to Austin-Round Rock and other Texas cities ranking among the safest in the U.S., here is what others are saying about Central Texas:

Austin Ranks No. 1 in Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities

In the 2009 Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners Best-Performing Cities Index, the Austin-Round Rock area ranked number one. Cities were ranked based on their ability to create and sustain job growth. The index also looks at economic growth, wages and salaries. Numerous other Texas cities joined Austin on the list—including three more in the top five. See how the Texas cities fared below:
1. Austin-Round Rock
2. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
11. San Antonio
12. Fort Worth-Arlington
13. Dallas-Plano-Irving
14. El Paso
16. Corpus Christi

On a side note, Corpus Christi was one of the year’s biggest improvers. The city ranked 88 overall in the 2008 index and 16 in 2009.

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