Lubbock, Texas

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In our No. 11 spot reigns Lubbock, home to Texas Tech, which doubles as a public research university and home to the Red Raiders football team. Lubbock earns its spot with a high quality of life. The birthplace of Buddy Holly celebrates his legacy in both attractions and an entire entertainment district. Students can still find the rockabilly sound that Holly made famous. Although rents are low and the unemployment rate is below 4 percent, the city’s employment in the innovation economy is low.

#11 Lubbock, Texas

POPULATION: 305,392
STUDENTS: 37,730
RANKING DETAIL:
#19 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#5 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#19 CITY ACCESS
#15 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#2 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#3 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#13 LABOR FORCE
#20 INNOVATION
#5 RENT

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