Austin Texas is Named One of the Least Stressful Places in the U.S.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

According to a recent study conducted by bizjournals of the largest 50 metropolitan areas in the country, Austin was named among the least stressful places to live in the United States.  As an Austin-area resident for the past 20 years, I am not surprised to hear this, as I have always described this town as laid-back and optimistic with a youthful spirit.

Included in the criteria for this ranking were the following:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Days of unhealthy air per year
  • Commute time
  • Deaths by circulatory-system diseases
  • Rate of per capita income growth
  • Families living below the poverty level
  • Homeowners making monthly house payments of $3,000 or more
  • Murder rate
  • Robbery rate
  • Days of potential sunshine

Austin tied (at zero) with the lowest number of unhealthy air days annually.  We also had the lowest number of circulatory-system deaths.  Additionally, although it is a dubious honor, we had the lowest murder rate out of the top 50 metros.


They indexed all of the cities on a scale from most stressful to least stressful, with zero as the median.  Austin's stress index was actually negative, at -4.76.  Cities that ranked better than Austin were Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City.  To see the entire article and the charts, click here:   

Clearly, this is one more reason to consider Austin if you are looking to relocate or to retire.  Why not come and enjoy the good life here in Texas?  It's affordable, fun, and low stress, too!

If you are considering relocating to the Austin area or investing in real estate here, please feel free to give me a call anytime on my cell phone at 512-796-7653.  You can also email me at  I have over 11 years of full-time real estate sales experience in Austin, and I would love the opportunity to help. 

Our Austin real estate website is located at  Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you soon! 

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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
Mr. Crouch - My brother loved Austin when he lived there, I think it was for a little over a year.  This is some very interesting info and something to consider, especially since moving can be a huge stress to begin with.  I always heard it was a great area, but low-stress to boot...that's tough to beat.
Feb 14, 2008 07:49 AM #1
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Jason - Great.  Another reminder of what it was we loved about Austin.  Not that Boston doesn't have its many great features, it surely does... but low stress is not one of them.

Very - nice - post.


Feb 14, 2008 08:08 AM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Oh come on you know it is actually the Washington DC area.  I mean really there is absolutely no stress in sitting on the highway for three hours because VDOT didn't have the salt and sand trucks ready when an ice storm hits.  Congratulations on living in such a great city.
Feb 14, 2008 08:08 AM #3
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

Jason, let's see... in the last few weeks you've informed us that Austin, Texas was rated:

  • The Top Place to Buy a Home
  • The Fastest Growing Large Metro Area
  • One of the Least Stressful Places in the U.S.

My only question:  Why isn't everyone from both coasts and throughout the mid-West packing up their bags and moving to Austin?

If they were to do so, you'd be quite a busy fellow.  I imagine you are getting quite busy anyways from all the buzz about Austin.

Feb 14, 2008 08:09 AM #4
Mark and Tana Hunt
Team Price Real Estate/Dan Price Broker - Austin, TX
Born and raised in Austin, WE KNOW THIS PLACE!
Brian... THEY ARE packing up and moving to Austin... Thats one of the reasons Austin Texas is doing so well... Its a good place to be!!!!   Thanks for the Info. Jason!!!!! Good Post
Feb 14, 2008 08:47 AM #5
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Jason, I have 3 different friends who relocated to Austin and they all love it there.  Hopefully, I'll get to visit soon.
Feb 14, 2008 09:04 AM #6
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
I love it!  Austin, that is.  My daughter went to grad school at UT and we agreed that is the city to live in, when you're in Texas!
Feb 14, 2008 09:26 AM #7
Jill Wente
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene - Spring, TX
Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS
Jason I lived in Austin for seven years in the late 1990s. I loved living in Austin. This is a great post promoting Austin
Feb 14, 2008 10:02 AM #8
Kay Perry
Kay Perry, Broker - College Station, TX
Hi Jason, Maybe I ought to retire in Austin.  I sure didn't know that but Austin is a very neat city.
Feb 14, 2008 10:14 AM #9
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity


So if I move there, my acid reflux caused by stress, will go away?

Feb 14, 2008 10:31 AM #10
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

SARDI - Yes, it is a very laid-back and friendly atmosphere around here.  In fact, I have had MANY clients from other states who move here and comment on how friendly everyone is.  It's a cool town!

JACKIE - Let me know when you are ready to return.  I will be here.  Thanks for your compliment!

CINDY - You caught me. 

BRIAN - Many of them ARE coming to this area, as Tana mentioned in the comment after yours.  We have had an influx for awhile now.  I would anticipate much more of this in the upcoming years.

TANA - Thanks for responding to Brian's question, and I'm glad you found this helpful. 

LISA - Just keep me in mind when your next friend moves here.  Also, if you come for a visit, I would be happy to take you to lunch.

MARGARET - I agree - I have lived in other parts of the state, but nothing compares to Austin!  Thanks for your comments!

JILL - Thanks!  I thought it was an interesting study, so I wanted to share it.

KAY - Austin is fast becoming a popular destination for retirees.  It might be worth considering.

FRAN - Yes.  I guarantee a full recovery. 

Feb 14, 2008 10:54 AM #11
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Wow. This ALMOST makes me want to move. But Austin TX is further north than Daytona Beach FL, right? I know San Antonio is almost straight across from us. I think you're to San Antonio as Jacksonville is to us. And Jacksonville is usually about 10 degrees colder. Sorry. 10 degrees difference is more than this sissy can handle =P
Feb 14, 2008 01:42 PM #12
Roberta LaRocca
Simply Vegas Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
Jason, Sounds like a great place to live.  We can all use less stress in our lives!
Feb 14, 2008 03:24 PM #13
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Jason- What great reports for you and your town! Honolulu Hawaii has the cleanest air in all the USA and 3rd in the entire world. They also have the longest life span there too. I am surprised it did not make the list. Katerina
Feb 14, 2008 04:10 PM #14
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
JASON - What a great post to inspire people to consider Austin for their relocation needs.  I have to say that I am living in a much higher-stress environment, so people from here will most certainly be interested in reading this.  Great job!
Feb 14, 2008 11:50 PM #15
Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
Realtor - Will County Illinois
Jason -- I just want to know, is it above 10 degrees in Austin?!?!?  If so, I'm packing and coming down there.  I want stress free and WARM. Today's high should be about 7.
Feb 15, 2008 01:35 AM #16
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS
Great post Jason,  Austin is all that and more.  A great city to live in and the energy there is awesome.  But when folks prefer a smaller community send them to Kerrville.  When are you going to get this way.  Would love to show you that home in Bandera.  It has been reduced.
Feb 15, 2008 02:09 AM #17
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Jolynne Photography - Hemet, CA
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Man...looks like I gotta move to Austin. Hemet's a small town, but recently I've been slammed with work - so it's got that fast-paced, California stress level for me right now.

I only played Austin once with my band. If I had known you back then, I would have had a closer look.

Austin brought us Willie Nelson, right? That's more points for Austin.

Feb 15, 2008 03:44 PM #18
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
Good to know as most of my husband's family all live in Austin... However, I'm surprised about the zero days of unhealthy air because they all complain about their Cedar allergies and it's Cedar in the air that causes the allergies.
Feb 16, 2008 07:33 AM #19
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

LISA - We are about 80 miles north, and my wife is actually from San Antonio.  She said it is slightly cooler, but not really noticably so.

ROBERTA - Agreed.  Thanks for commenting!

KATERINA - I'm not sure why it wouldn't have made the list.  I think it is probably too small to qualify for this particular study, since the population is around 360,000.

ADAM - Thanks!  I thought it was a good one to share.

LORI - It has been running about 60-65 degrees for the high this week.  Come on down!

RICKI - I would be happy to take you to lunch if you make it to Austin sometime.  I don't know when circumstances will allow me to come your way, but I hope to someday.

JOEY - Austin is a very cool place to live.  I would love to have you here if you ever make a move.

DONNA - My guess is that the "unhealthy air" days were not pollen or cedar-based, but pollution.  Just a theory.  Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 16, 2008 02:58 PM #20
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