No matter where you’re moving or even whether or not you have children in school education is an important consideration for anyone considering relocation. After all the quality of education in a community affects everything from resale value to neighborhood schools.

One of the many reasons people are drawn to Austin is that it’s a vibrant place to be. Money magazine has consistently named Austin among its “Top 10 Best Big Cities” in its annual Best Places to Live ranking which is based on family income home price schools and job growth. And the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council and Primacy Relocation LLC have each ranked Austin tops in surveys of the country’s best large markets for relocating families – and one of the factors is great schools.

In 2007 four of the Austin area’s major public school systems were named among the best in the country in Expansion Management magazine’s annual “Metro Public Schools Quotient” rankings including Eanes Round Rock Austin and nearby San Marcos. Also in 2007 15 regional schools were honored in Newsweek’s “Top of the Class” list including those in Austin Dripping Springs Eanes Lake Travis Leander Pflugerville and Round Rock.

Austin is also tops for higher education – and area schools are just one of the reasons many people move here and decide to stay well past graduation. The American Institute for Economics Research has named Austin its number two “mid-size metro college destination.” Rankings are based on three categories; academic environment quality of life and professional opportunities. Each addresses the larger learning environment according to objective criteria.

The University of Texas’ business law and engineering schools have also been recognized among the “top 10 schools for Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine and the school’s Executive MBA program has been named the 12th best by the Wall Street Journal.

Education for everyone

No matter what your Austin education needs – public private charter higher education or trade schools – there are a wealth of options for those who choose to make Austin their home.

The Austin area has 29 public school districts in the surrounding five-county Central Texas MSA which include Travis Williamson Hays Bastrop and Caldwell counties. The area also offers more than 100 private schools that serve students from kindergarten through 12th grade; plus 17 charter schools 8 top-ranked colleges and universities – including the 50000-student University of Texas St. Edward’s University Huston-Tillotson University Southwestern University Texas State University and others; and numerous trade and specialty schools.