Finding a great place to call home often is a compromise between affordability and fun — but in this Central Texas town, you can have both. According to new rankings from Livability, Round Rock is the No. 1 best affordable place to live in the country.
The website selected these cities based on the cost of living as well as the range of entertainment options. Round Rock is the only Lone Star locale to make the cut.
Round Rock is in the sweet spot for affordability, balancing "higher-than-average salaries and lower-than-average home prices." According to numbers pulled from the Council for Community and Economic Research, the cost of living is almost 7 percent below the national average.
In addition to low property taxes and utility rates — which leave more money in residents' pockets — the local economy is bolstered by large companies such as Dell, TECO-Westinghouse and Dresser. In fact, the greater Austin-Round Rock area was recently deemed the No. 2 place in the U.S. for professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
But it's not just about the dollars and cents. Round Rock has really been raking in the accolades of late. In addition to Livability's shout-outs to the Round Rock Express and Flix Brewhouse, this Austin suburb boasts some great eateries; it's also a hotbed of romance.
Rounding out the top five on the Livability list are Dayton, Ohio (No.2); Lawton, Oklahoma (No. 3); Lansing, Michigan (No. 4); and Appleton, Wisconsin (No. 5).