Texas metros slump in "Best Places" list

Dallas (1080 KRLD) - Texas normally does pretty well on the US News and World Report "Best Places to Live" list, but this year, the Lone Star State slumped.

Austin slid from No. 3 overall to No. 5. Dallas-Fort Worth took a dive from No. 24 to No. 37. Houston also stepped back from No. 27 to No. 39. San Antonio had the biggest backtrack of any Texas metro area, falling from No. 41 to No. 5.

In fact, only Corpus Christi increased their standing on the 2021-22 list, moving up slightly from No. 124 to No. 122.

It's not all bad for Texas, though.

"We definitely still see strong performances in desirability and net migration," says Devon Thorsby, Real Estate editor at U.S. News & World Report.

But it seems that the job market during the pandemic, and the rising housing costs were to blame for the slide.

"That high demand and increase in number of people (moving to Texas) drives up home prices and rents," Thorsby points out. "We've seen a...slow pace of construction to be able to meet that demand with new housing."

Boulder, CO repeated as the No. 1 place to live in the country. Raleigh-Durham, NC pushed up nine slots to No. 2. Huntsville, AL catapulted 12 spots to No. 3. Fayetteville, AR rose four spots to No. 4.

You can find the complete rankings here.

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