Best Austin Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 19 places around Austin to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Austin suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Austin are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Austin? The Hills ranks as the best suburb of Austin for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of The Hills, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Austin 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Best Austin Suburbs To Live For 2020

The Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,559
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $160,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on The Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Hills is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Austin area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome The Hills."

Everyone here is rich; families average $160,000 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Austin region. And only 2.74% are out of work. Homes average more than $517,400 each.

Lakeway, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 14,677
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $131,230
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Lakeway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lakeway is the second best 'burb we looked at near Austin for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 3.22% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Cedar Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 72,415
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $101,845
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Cedar Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Cedar Park, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Austin metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Cedar Park.

West Lake Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,314
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $165,375
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on West Lake Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Lake Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Austin for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in West Lake Hills and the schools are some of the best around.

Buda, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,503
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,011
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Buda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Buda.

Buda gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Austin area, where houses sell for an average of $241,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Bee Cave, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,521
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $97,333
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Bee Cave: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bee Cave is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.3% which is 7th best in the area.

According to online reports, Bee Cave is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Austin area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Leander, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 46,419
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $92,426
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Leander: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Leander.

Leander schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 19.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Pflugerville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 59,757
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $88,232
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Pflugerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pflugerville is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 9.82% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Round Rock, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 120,157
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,637
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Round Rock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Round Rock?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Review Of Round Rock by HomeSnacks User

I love Round Rock. There is so much to do for families here from free events, our local library, beautiful parks and convenient shopping. We love the friendliness of the majority of people here as well.

The parks are absolutely wonderful for kids. There are ample playgrounds that were designed above and beyond a normal playscape.

Georgetown, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 66,804
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $71,410
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Georgetown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Georgetown.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Austin for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Austin was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Austin.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 20 suburbs to evaluate around Austin.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 20 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Austin." We're lookin' at you, The Hills. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Austin 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Austin, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Austin Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 The Hills, TX 2,559 $160,000
2 Lakeway, TX 14,677 $131,230
3 Cedar Park, TX 72,415 $101,845
4 West Lake Hills, TX 3,314 $165,375
5 Buda, TX 14,503 $84,011
6 Bee Cave, TX 6,521 $97,333
7 Leander, TX 46,419 $92,426
8 Pflugerville, TX 59,757 $88,232
9 Round Rock, TX 120,157 $80,637
10 Georgetown, TX 66,804 $71,410
11 Wimberley, TX 2,923 $63,295
12 Kyle, TX 39,857 $74,826
13 Hutto, TX 23,980 $73,764
14 Bastrop, TX 8,736 $61,538
15 Jonestown, TX 2,036 $75,766
16 Dripping Springs, TX 3,277 $64,250
17 Taylor, TX 16,811 $49,717
18 Lockhart, TX 13,548 $56,214
19 Manor, TX 8,595 $63,568
20 Elgin, TX 9,616 $46,819

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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