These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Austin For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Austin are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Austin, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Austin neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Austin are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Austin for 2018:

  1. Crestview
  2. Old West Austin
  3. South River City
  4. Downtown
  5. Rosedale
  6. Dawson
  7. Bouldin
  8. Zilker
  9. Rmma
  10. Barton Hills

Read on to see how we determined the places around Austin that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Texas check out the best places in Texas overall or the worst neighborhoods in Austin.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Austin for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Austin, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 60 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Austin.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Crestview.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Austin has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Crestview

Population: 4,997
Median Income: $75,741
Median Home Value: $275,250

2. Old West Austin

Population: 5,209
Median Income: $62,783
Median Home Value: $597,780

3. South River City

Population: 7,072
Median Income: $68,879
Median Home Value: $348,550

4. Downtown

Population: 6,413
Median Income: $87,109
Median Home Value: $449,300

5. Rosedale

Population: 5,639
Median Income: $76,100
Median Home Value: $367,514

6. Dawson

Population: 2,702
Median Income: $50,806
Median Home Value: $279,250

7. Bouldin

Population: 5,836
Median Income: $59,509
Median Home Value: $350,150

8. Zilker

Population: 5,552
Median Income: $74,832
Median Home Value: $423,986

9. Rmma

Population: 2,916
Median Income: $62,175
Median Home Value: $379,200

10. Barton Hills

Population: 8,587
Median Income: $73,148
Median Home Value: $439,957

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Austin

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Austin where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Austin:

  1. West University
  2. Riverside
  3. Montopolis

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Austin

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Crestview 1 4,997 $275,250 1,565 1.5%
Old West Austin 2 5,209 $597,780 1,565 3.6%
South River City 3 7,072 $348,550 1,565 5.7%
Downtown 4 6,413 $449,300 1,565 3.4%
Rosedale 5 5,639 $367,514 1,565 2.8%
Dawson 6 2,702 $279,250 1,653 3.1%
Bouldin 7 5,836 $350,150 1,565 5.1%
Zilker 8 5,552 $423,986 1,565 5.0%
Rmma 9 2,916 $379,200 1,565 3.2%
Barton Hills 10 8,587 $439,957 1,565 3.4%
Hancock 11 3,778 $374,320 1,565 3.5%
Windsor Road 12 5,505 $525,039 1,565 5.5%
North Shoal Creek 13 4,300 $294,350 1,565 3.7%
South Lamar 14 7,537 $237,717 2,447 2.8%
Chestnut 15 1,684 $198,250 3,301 3.2%
Brentwood 16 8,633 $248,062 1,897 4.0%
Allandale 17 8,779 $235,083 2,111 2.9%
Hyde Park 18 5,506 $317,567 1,565 5.8%
Wooten 19 5,698 $206,400 3,201 5.3%
Windsor Hills 20 7,839 $139,350 4,420 3.2%
Upper Boggy Creek 21 5,133 $272,760 1,662 5.8%
West Gate 22 3,515 $283,625 1,692 3.8%
Galindo 23 3,448 $278,800 2,003 7.1%
Central East Austin 24 4,533 $244,380 2,685 3.9%
West Congress 25 2,761 $198,733 3,415 2.9%
Coronado Hills 26 3,661 $151,650 4,527 2.3%
University Of Texas 27 9,105 $278,420 1,756 5.0%
North Loop 28 5,158 $281,433 1,565 7.9%
East Cesar Chavez 29 3,365 $253,425 2,444 7.4%
Highland 30 5,254 $196,240 3,270 5.7%
Holly 31 3,016 $256,450 2,675 4.1%
Sweet Briar 32 5,732 $94,867 5,068 2.6%
Mckinney 33 3,170 $116,900 4,785 4.7%
Southeast 34 2,577 $137,000 4,769 2.6%
Garrison Park 35 11,380 $166,544 3,805 6.3%
Windsor Park 36 16,131 $192,355 3,515 6.7%
University Hills 37 5,067 $181,000 3,574 8.1%
South Manchaca 38 7,574 $165,500 3,772 6.2%
Triangle State 39 1,426 $188,650 3,076 4.4%
Rosewood 40 4,988 $200,340 3,615 6.9%
Pecan Springs Springdale 41 5,089 $164,175 4,276 4.2%
Heritage Hills 42 6,317 $133,750 4,818 3.4%
Johnston Terrace 43 1,186 $150,950 4,536 8.1%
Govalle 44 4,984 $215,720 3,406 6.7%
Martin Luther King-Hwy 183 45 8,445 $126,640 5,027 10.8%
Parker Lane 46 10,553 $143,683 4,458 8.5%
Georgian Acres 47 9,450 $70,460 6,040 4.3%
North Austin 48 27,709 $121,729 4,978 8.1%
East Congress 49 3,575 $103,567 4,570 4.7%
North Lamar 50 7,008 $128,333 5,056 7.5%
Saint Edwards 51 4,577 $81,033 5,040 3.4%
Franklin Park 52 16,980 $89,400 5,725 6.5%
Pleasant Valley 53 14,882 $36,629 6,261 4.4%
North University 54 4,852 $206,475 3,643 5.8%
Saint Johns 55 9,325 $101,800 5,126 8.6%
Mlk 56 3,876 $164,220 4,091 8.1%
North Burnett 57 6,625 $61,700 4,862 5.1%
Montopolis 58 11,344 $88,050 5,638 7.3%
Riverside 59 13,969 $81,770 5,355 6.5%
West University 60 14,844 $88,100 5,987 5.8%

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