New survey ranks Austin 5th among best cities for music fans

Has Austin been dethroned as the Live Music Capital of the World? A new survey from ValuePenguin seems to say so.

Thousands gather in Zilker Park every other Wednesday for Blues on the Green. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Thousands gather in Zilker Park every other Wednesday for Blues on the Green. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Though Austin ranked first for music fans among cities in the Southwest, it fell to No. 5 when put up against music industry giants like Los Angeles and Nashville. Perhaps more embarrassing is that Austin, a city that hosts one of the largest music festivals in the world, lost out to Honolulu and Madison, Wis.

The survey measured 15 different data points including the number of people with performing arts degrees, the number of radio stations and the number of music stores. Austin ranked 46th for number of employed musicians, which gives some validity to recent city data saying Austin musicians are being forced out by rising rent.

 

 

Out of all the Texas towns, not one even comes close to beating out Austin. While this survey certainly is dent in Austin’s ego, maybe it’s more embarrassing for San Antonio and Dallas who both trailed Lubbock at 76th. LUBBOCK.

 

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