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America's Best Cities: Austin

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No. 12 Austin (tie)

Perhaps voters are intrigued by the Texas capital because the residents seem to have achieved near perfection. They’re smart, quirky, and have inexplicably flat abs, according to survey results—despite also ranking No. 3 for their sauce-laden, brisket-based barbecue. And that’s not all. Austin's street food ranks among the top five and makes a great late-night snack after sampling the rollicking local music scene at, say, the iconic Continental Club or the Broken Spoke.

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