One Texas city made the list of best places to raise the ‘next rock star’ … and it’s not Austin

Austin may be the Live Music Capital of the World, but apparently it’s not too great if you’re expecting to raise your child to be a famous musician — at least according to one recent list.

Gary Clark Jr. performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Friday October 2, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Gary Clark Jr. performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Friday October 2, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Care.com released a list of the 10 best cities in America to raise the next rock star, and Austin is nowhere to be found. Inexplicably, College Station is No. 8 on the list, the only Texas city to make the top 10. The whole list is pretty surprising, actually: Gainesville, Fla. tops the list, followed by Tallahassee, Fla. and Ann Arbor, Mich. There are other Texas cities listed outside of the top 10: Lubbock (home of Buddy Holly) comes in at 16, and you can find Austin all the way down at 34, followed by Dallas at 77 and Houston at 83.

Since we’re mostly talking about raising kids here, some of Austin’s major music perks don’t carry much weight in this ranking: Number of live music venues in the city, support for local musicians, overall number of working musicians, etc. This study is all about the availability of music lessons per child, and that metric is based on the number of music tutor profiles listed on Care.com, which primarily exists to link parents to child caregivers in their area.

So if your kid wants to be the next Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, Townes Van Zandt, Gary Clark Jr., Alejandro Escovedo, Patti Griffin, Robert Earl Keen, Ben Kweller, Carrie Rodriguez, Bob Schneider, Shakey Graves, Ray Benson, Dale Watson … do we need to list any more Austin musical acts to prove that Austin’s actually a pretty great place to be a rock star? Didn’t think so.


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