THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Austin For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Austin.
Best Neighborhoods In Austin

Want to get your hands on one of the hottest housing markets in America for 2020? Look no further than Austin, Texas. The city that trademarked the slogan "Keep Austin Weird" might have cool, eclectic businesses and food trucks that make weird things like ice cream using liquid nitrogen, but what really sets Austin apart is the great people, great neighborhoods, and affordable housing.

Matter of fact, Austin is currently one of the best cities in the US and one of the fastest growing cities in America, and if that's weird than every city should want to be weird. But, what we think would be weird is if you tried to move to the ATX without knowing where the city's best neighborhoods are located. Don't worry, however, the experts are here: HomeSnacks has created a list of the best neighborhoods in Austin for 2020 and listed them below.

What is Austin's formula for success? Well, we don't know all of their secrets, but what we do know is that after looking at the FBI data for crime reports, the Census report for population counts and housing costs, and the BLS data for current unemployment numbers for Austin's 60 neighborhoods; and, folks, the top ten best neighborhoods in Austin have really brought their A-game. These neighborhoods are crushing our SnackAbility metrics for low unemployment rates, affordability, safety, and amenities.

So, if you want to know where the best neighborhood to buy your forever home in Austin is located, grab a slice of 'za from the VIA 313 truck and a sunny spot in Zilker Park and keep reading.

The best neighborhoods to live in Austin are by no means the cheapest in the Live Music Capital of the World. To live in many of Austin's best hoods you are going to have to make at least $10,313.0/year to afford to buy one of the $246,755.86666666667 homes that dot the landscape in the city's top ten. But, it's worth it the price tag. Trust us, neighborhoods like Hyde Park and Barton Hills have lost to do and they are super safe.

So, what's the best neighborhood in Austin? According to the latest data and our SnackAbility metrics, that would be Crestview.

To see where your favorite Austin neighborhood landed on our list, take a look below.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Austin

Crestview Austin, TX

Population: 5,172
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $331,075 (14th best)
Median Income: $78,024 (Sixth best)
More on Crestview: Homes For Sale | Data

Crestview, Austin, Texas is a neighborhood in north central Austin, in the U.S. state of Texas.

Downtown Austin, TX

Population: 7,414
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $454,200 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $98,498 (First best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown Austin is the central business district of Austin, Texas. Downtown is located on the north bank of the Colorado River. The approximate borders of Downtown include Lamar Boulevard to the west, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the University of Texas at Austin to the north, Interstate 35 to the east, and Lady Bird Lake to the south.

Rosedale Austin, TX

Population: 6,008
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $467,743 (Third best)
Median Income: $85,834 (Second best)
More on Rosedale: Homes For Sale | Data

The Rosedale neighborhood is located in north central Austin, Texas. The neighborhood borders on 38th Street to the south, Shoal Creek to the west, North Loop / Hancock Drive to the north, and Lamar Boulevard to the east. Ramsey Park is located in the heart of the neighborhood, and has a swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas. There are over 1200 homes in the area, a variety of businesses within walking distance, and a network of medical services close by

Zilker Austin, TX

Population: 6,329
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $482,871 (Second best)
Median Income: $79,611 (Fifth best)
More on Zilker: Homes For Sale | Data

Zilker is a neighborhood in south central Austin, Texas. It extends south of Lady Bird Lake, approximately bounded by the Union Pacific Railway to the southeast/south, Barton Skyway to the south, Rabb Road and Robert E Lee Road to the west and Lady Bird Lake to the north.

Population: 5,651
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $438,283 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $53,870 (27th best)
More on Hyde Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Old West Austin Austin, TX

Population: 5,332
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $439,620 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $72,697 (Seventh best)
More on Old West Austin: Homes For Sale | Data

The Old West Austin Historic District is a residential community in Austin, Texas, United States. It is composed of three neighborhoods located on a plateau just west of downtown Austin: Old Enfield, Pemberton Heights, and Bryker Woods. Developed between 1886 and 1953, the three historic neighborhoods stretch from Mopac Expressway east to Lamar Boulevard, and from 13th Street north to 35th Street. It borders Clarksville Historic District and the West Line Historic District to the south.

Barton Hills Austin, TX

Population: 9,010
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $488,529 (First best)
Median Income: $72,514 (Eighth best)
More on Barton Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Established in the 1940s and 1950s with construction continuing through the 1970s to the late 1990s, Barton Hills is dotted with all kinds of homes. Barton Hills was featured in Austins 1956 Parade of Homes as the worlds largest air conditioned subdivision. Beginning in that year, it was platted as subdivision in six sections by S.R. Sheppard, Builders Development Corporation and others. Barton Hills eventually had 1,585 lots planned on its 535 acres.

Population: 9,076
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $282,267 (25th best)
Median Income: $54,142 (26th best)
More on South Lamar: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 8,861
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $295,242 (20th best)
Median Income: $72,429 (Ninth best)
More on Allandale: Homes For Sale | Data

South River City Austin, TX

Population: 6,980
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $436,283 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $83,666 (Fourth best)
More on South River City: Homes For Sale | Data

South River City is a community located in Austin, Texas. Also frequently called Travis Heights, the neighborhood is located south of the city's urban core, just below Lake Lady Bird in South Austin. The area encompasses a portion of ZIP code 78704.

How We Determined The Best Austin, TX Neighborhoods In 2020

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 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, Texas has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Austin

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Austin aren't all good. Montopolis takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Austin.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Austin For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Crestview 5,172 $331,075 $78,024
2 Downtown 7,414 $454,200 $98,498
3 Rosedale 6,008 $467,743 $85,834
4 Zilker 6,329 $482,871 $79,611
5 Hyde Park 5,651 $438,283 $53,870
6 Old West Austin 5,332 $439,620 $72,697
7 Barton Hills 9,010 $488,529 $72,514
8 South Lamar 9,076 $282,267 $54,142
9 Allandale 8,861 $295,242 $72,429
10 South River City 6,980 $436,283 $83,666
11 Galindo 3,737 $337,233 $53,509
12 Brentwood 9,082 $285,488 $59,856
13 Chestnut 1,683 $295,550 $62,572
14 Windsor Road 5,882 $467,600 $83,929
15 Upper Boggy Creek 5,302 $295,020 $58,518
16 Dawson 2,758 $325,125 $48,360
17 North University 4,729 $212,500 $26,698
18 Hancock 4,348 $460,640 $55,110
19 North Shoal Creek 4,398 $269,533 $62,650
20 Windsor Hills 8,805 $124,975 $48,038
21 Garrison Park 11,899 $189,400 $60,027
22 Bouldin 5,585 $452,150 $63,868
23 Wooten 5,596 $236,333 $56,640
24 Rmma 3,744 $432,700 $66,995
25 University Of Texas 9,602 $283,300 $46,573
26 University Hills 5,008 $223,225 $56,300
27 East Cesar Chavez 3,152 $299,300 $62,881
28 Pecan Springs Springdale 5,762 $201,550 $41,166
29 West Congress 3,725 $250,200 $54,579
30 Coronado Hills 3,453 $176,350 $32,758
31 Triangle State 1,359 $178,700 $45,880
32 West Gate 3,858 $337,625 $45,249
33 Central East Austin 4,756 $309,280 $54,415
34 Rosewood 5,701 $255,020 $33,471
35 South Manchaca 7,794 $185,475 $53,741
36 North Austin 27,787 $117,564 $39,560
37 Franklin Park 17,874 $91,370 $42,526
38 Southeast 3,208 $134,600 $48,233
39 Heritage Hills 6,935 $155,350 $34,850
40 West University 15,552 $36,100 $10,313
41 North Lamar 7,591 $125,367 $38,197
42 Sweet Briar 5,468 $110,367 $48,151
43 North Loop 5,202 $330,283 $48,192
44 Pleasant Valley 16,277 $40,814 $28,283
45 Holly 3,157 $291,725 $48,968
46 Govalle 5,366 $240,100 $45,932
47 Windsor Park 16,026 $215,227 $48,717
48 Riverside 12,906 $80,760 $39,997
49 Saint Edwards 5,395 $96,800 $37,831
50 Highland 5,694 $217,960 $48,647
51 Georgian Acres 9,600 $90,800 $34,377
52 Johnston Terrace 1,485 $175,350 $50,223
53 Parker Lane 9,993 $158,900 $34,384
54 North Burnett 7,559 $84,867 $56,120
55 Mlk 4,121 $201,900 $40,115
56 Mckinney 3,150 $128,100 $55,700
57 East Congress 3,722 $116,833 $57,876
58 Saint Johns 9,414 $119,120 $38,935
59 Martin Luther King-Hwy 183 8,366 $167,560 $38,101
60 Montopolis 12,211 $77,150 $31,146

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.

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