3. Denton, TX
Denton Square is a cultural and political hub with local shops and restaurants that have been in business since the 1940s. This thriving area is a center of art, antiques, games, used books, and more.
The 15-acre Shiloh Field Community Garden is the largest community garden in the US and provides locally grown farm-to-table produce for hungry families in the surrounding area.
The two local colleges, UNT and TWU, are the largest employers of the city. Students continually find additional ways to contribute to their community by creating music, art, drama, and films.
Denton is also home to many festivals that attract over 300,000 people to the city each year. Along with a variety of music festivals, there are events year-round celebrating storytelling, day of the dead, holiday lighting, and thin line film.
Schools in Denton: University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University
2. Austin, TX
A diverse mix of government employees, students, and blue-collar workers call the capital city of Texas home. Along with being a major business school, UT Austin provides employees to fuel technology and defense development. This rapid economic growth has led Forbes to name Austin as the #1 metropolitan area for jobs.
Austin is renowned for its delicious barbecue, Tex-Mex, breweries, and food trucks. Local favorite Franklin Barbecue has sold out of brisket every day since its establishment in 2009. Austin is also known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” with a plethora of musicians, venues, nightclubs, and festivals.
The local community has adopted the catchphrase “Keep Austin Weird” to promote the diversity of the area. South Congress is beloved for the coffee shops, eccentric stores, and local businesses.
Schools in Austin: University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, Austin Community College, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson University
1. Lubbock, TX
Lubbock is a big player in the West Texas arts scene due to its support of rising and established musicians. Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock and went on to become a household name in rock.
Texas Tech brings in 40,000 students to the Lubbock community and was recently named a diversity champion by INSIGHT. The school was recognized for its work in promoting an inclusive environment for all students.
The diversity on campus also extends to the rest of the community. Students have their choice of recreation including cultural attractions, upscale restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs of the Depot District.
In the summer, residents attend the 4th on Broadway event, cited as the largest free festival in Texas. The community comes together to enjoy a parade, food stalls, live bands, fireworks, and concerts.
Schools in Lubbock: Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, South Plains College, Wayland Baptist University