If you gave most people a wish list for a city where they'd like to live, then you will get a reply something similar : "I'd like a place that is intellectual and stimulating, that has nature and beautiful views, but that also has a fun night life and great activities. I'd like somewhere that is big, but not too crowded and that is close to other big cities. I'd like to live somewhere that has great real estate options and schools, that doesn't cost too much and that has appealing cultural options."

And with that entire list, do you know what you'd be describing? Austin, Texas! For anyone who is thinking about relocate for a job or for a better family life, or for anyone who has their eyes set on retiring, Austin simply can't be beat. Here, we offer the top 10 reasons that Austin rates right up there with the best cities in America.