Market Blog

  • Austin Ranks in Top Ten Best Cities to Start a Career

      A recent WalletHub article written by John Kiernan explored which U.S. cities qualify as the best locations to start your career out of 180 analyzed cities. As of March 2018, the unemployment rate was at 4.1 percent, making it an opportune time for fresh summer graduates. Austin ranked as the No. 6 best city in which to start a career. Twenty-seven key metrics — including “availability... READ MORE

  • Austin Ranks Second Best City to Start a Business

      According to a WalletHub article written by John Kiernan, more than 15 million people in the United States work for themselves, which is roughly 10 percent of the labor force. In order to help aspiring entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities, WalletHub ranked the best cities in which to start a business. (Researchers analyzed 182 states including the 150 most populated U.S. cities,... READ MORE

  • Austin Helps Lead the South in Best Cities for Jobs, Alongside Dallas

    Forbes has compiled a list of U.S. cities that have proven to be the best locations for jobs. Out of the largest metropolitan areas, the Southern states and the Western were the key players. After years of San Francisco leading the pack, the South has taken over with Dallas-Plano-Irving cinching the No. 1 spot, and Austin coming in at second place.   With a detailed methodology, Forbes... READ MORE

  • Austin: The Strongest Metropolitan Economy in the Nation

      According to a new study analyzing two dozen metrics over a 20-year period, Austin has the strongest economic strength in America, ranked first out of 383 metropolitan statistical areas. The study, conducted by POLICOM company, collected data from 1997-2016. Napa, California, was the second ranked metropolitan area, behind Austin. The only other Texas economy to break the top ten... READ MORE

  • Oracle Founder Larry Ellison: ‘Austin is one of the key places we want to be’

      In a recent statement, Oracle founder Larry Ellison predicted that Austin’s Oracle campus will increase to as many as 10,000 employees in the next few years, as Oracle has big plans and Austin is where he believes “our people want to be.” The Austin Oracle campus is a fairly new 560,000 square foot waterfront building that was opened in January on Lady Bird Lake. In its first few months... READ MORE

  • Austin in Top Ten Cities with Largest Increase in Millennial Residents

      According to a study from the Brookings Institution, of metro areas where millennials make up the largest percentage of the population, Austin is the second highest ranked city at a population of 27.2 percent young adults. Furthermore, from 2010-2015 Austin saw an 11.8 percent increase in millennials. The study’s results were determined by using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Provo-... READ MORE

  • Austin Ranks as No. 1 State Capital to Live

      According to a WalletHub article written by Adam McCann, state capitals can either provide a wonderful city to live in, while others may be rampant with poverty or other negative qualities. In a thorough analysis of which state capitals double as the best places to find a home, WalletHub gave Austin, Texas, the No. 1 ranking out of all 50 state capitals.   Fifty-one key metrics —... READ MORE

  • Tech Salaries in Austin Soar Past Those of New York City and Other Major Metropolises

      Hiring platform, Hired, collected data to determine the major metropolises with the highest adjusted tech salaries. Austin, Texas, came in at No. 1, with an average adjusted tech salary of $202,000, which was $20,000 more than the next highest city (Seattle/Los Angeles). After collecting data from a variety of metropolises, including London, Paris and New York City, the Bay Area was... READ MORE


Ellen and the entire team at Muskin Commercial have been an invaluable resource as our company has entered and created a footprint in the Central Texas marketplace. Their guidance and support led us through a well informed entry into Austin, and their continued support and assistance has been unparalleled as we’ve continued to expand our portfolio.