These Are The 10 Best Austin Suburbs For 2019

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Austin for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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 19 suburbs to evaluate around Austin.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 19 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.

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.

The Hills, TX

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Population: 2,557
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $156,250
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
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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 $156,250 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Austin region. And only 2.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $495,500 each.

Lakeway, TX

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Population: 14,147
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $124,556
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Lakeway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lakeway is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Austin for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 3.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

West Lake Hills, TX

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Population: 3,330
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $155,769
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on West Lake Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in West Lake Hills, 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 West Lake Hills.

Cedar Park, TX

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Population: 70,010
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,612
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Cedar Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cedar Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Austin for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Cedar Park and the schools are some of the best around.

Buda, TX

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Population: 13,253
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $79,821
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
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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 $218,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Bee Cave, TX

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Population: 6,236
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $101,765
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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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 5.3% which is 12th 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

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Population: 40,338
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $89,649
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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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

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Population: 58,013
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $82,145
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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 11.3% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

Round Rock, TX

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Population: 116,369
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $76,295
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Round Rock?’


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.

Hutto, TX

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Population: 22,644
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $76,433
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Hutto.

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.

Welcome to the Best Austin ‘Burbs of 2019

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Austin Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 The Hills 2,557 $156,250
2 Lakeway 14,147 $124,556
3 West Lake Hills 3,330 $155,769
4 Cedar Park 70,010 $96,612
5 Buda 13,253 $79,821
6 Bee Cave 6,236 $101,765
7 Leander 40,338 $89,649
8 Pflugerville 58,013 $82,145
9 Round Rock 116,369 $76,295
10 Hutto 22,644 $76,433
11 Kyle 36,929 $72,822
12 Georgetown 63,062 $67,753
13 Wimberley 2,853 $62,250
14 Dripping Springs 2,764 $76,771
15 Lockhart 13,319 $53,570
16 Bastrop 8,164 $52,850
17 Manor 7,513 $59,855
18 Taylor 16,603 $47,839
19 Elgin 9,024 $48,333

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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