As if we Texans needed something else to brag about. 

While I will be the first to admit that the Lone Star State is far from perfect, I love it here. Sure, it gets hotter than Satan’s breath during the summer, but the great food, nightlife, and friendly people more than make up for it. 

Speaking of great food and nightlife, Austin has plenty of it (even though 6th Street has gotten increasingly violent over the years). But my experience there is that if you’re not looking for trouble, you most likely won’t find any.

Get our free mobile app

There are plenty of factors to keep in mind for kids heading off to college for the first time, including the quality of nightlife and food. I don’t know about you, but I want to be able to blow off some steam and enjoy myself when not stressing over classes. 

Of course, great academics are of the utmost importance. Austin has three great universities: the University of Texas, Concordia University, and St. Edward’s University. All three are known for academic excellence, which is why Austin is ranked in the Top 15 in the country for the quality of higher education. 

Combine all of that with a 7.04% annual average job growth rate (one of the highest in the United States) and you have the best large college town in the country in 2024, according to a recent study done by WalletHub. 

Top 10 Large College Towns 

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Tampa, FL
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Raleigh, NC
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Miami, FL
  8. Pittsburgh, PA
  9. Columbus, OH
  10. Seattle, WA

10 of the Snobbiest Cities in Texas

If you're looking for the upper-class or snobby areas in the state of Texas here are the areas you should know about.

Gallery Credit: Billy Jenkins

25 Amazing Texas Foods Every Texan Should Know

What's a dish that defines Texas? Here are 25 mouthwatering foods (and some recipes) that every Texan SHOULD know & try at least once. Sorry if we make you hungry...

Gallery Credit: Daniel Paulus

The Five Texas Towns That Rank As 'Most Miserable' Places to Live

Business Insider did an analysis of the "Most Miserable" towns in America based on census data. 5 of those 50 towns were here in Texas

Gallery Credit: various

More From 102.3 The Bull