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.

 

musician pic
Photo credit: http://www.ValuePenguin.com

 

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.

 

RELATED

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.