Austin is truly a city with heart and soul. It brims with both southern tradition and quirky eccentricity. The area is politically charged and culturally rich. A high-tech, big city meets a low-key, college town. A city far from ordinary, it’s the kind of place where you check your worries at the city limits sign, trade in suits for something a bit more casual and prepare for experiences you’ll find only in Austin. Below is a listing of recent acknowledgments and accolades that Austin has received from the news online and print media, recent studies, and public opinion polls at a national level.