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Coming in at No. 5, Austin is another metro area to make our overall top 10 list again. It's home to the University of Texas, the state capital and many major high-tech companies. Austin appears regularly on lists of the best places to live. It costs no more to live here than the national average, with the median home price of $186,800. Household income is one of the highest among our top 10 places, and the economy is performing extremely well with an unemployment rate of 5.3% and a job growth rate of 3.4% over the last year.