These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Austin


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:

  1. Old West Austin
  2. South River City
  3. Windsor Road
  4. Rosedale
  5. Zilker
  6. Brentwood
  7. Barton Hills
  8. Rmma
  9. Crestview
  10. Allandale

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

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Austin?

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 59 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, Old West Austin.

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. Old West Austin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,870
Median Home Price: $439,120
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%

2. South River City

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,159
Median Home Price: $327,583
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

3. Windsor Road

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,451
Median Home Price: $534,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

4. Rosedale

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,726
Median Home Price: $351,657
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

5. Zilker

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,098
Median Home Price: $385,757
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

6. Brentwood

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,346
Median Home Price: $267,386
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

7. Barton Hills

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,367
Median Home Price: $411,529
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

8. Rmma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,962
Median Home Price: $354,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

9. Crestview

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,785
Median Home Price: $243,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,924
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

10. Allandale

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,815
Median Home Price: $270,680
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,815
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

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. Martin Luther King-Hwy 183
  2. Montopolis
  3. Mlk

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Austin

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Old West Austin 1 4,870 $439,120 1,815 2.1%
South River City 2 7,159 $327,583 1,815 4.9%
Windsor Road 3 5,451 $534,700 1,815 4.1%
Rosedale 4 5,726 $351,657 1,815 3.9%
Zilker 5 5,098 $385,757 1,815 4.9%
Brentwood 6 8,346 $267,386 1,815 3.7%
Barton Hills 7 8,367 $411,529 1,815 4.1%
Rmma 8 1,962 $354,800 1,815 3.3%
Crestview 9 4,785 $243,350 1,924 4.3%
Allandale 10 7,815 $270,680 1,815 3.1%
Downtown 11 5,868 $356,975 1,815 5.3%
Bouldin 12 5,570 $335,275 1,815 7.2%
South Lamar 13 7,608 $260,650 2,335 4.5%
Triangle State 14 1,402 $387,500 1,815 1.4%
Hyde Park 15 5,704 $345,167 1,815 5.9%
Hancock 16 3,926 $347,680 1,815 4.5%
Chestnut 17 1,571 $182,100 4,256 3.1%
North University 18 4,740 $319,667 1,902 5.2%
Dawson 19 2,629 $259,225 2,544 5.9%
Wooten 20 5,476 $207,267 3,484 5.0%
Windsor Hills 21 7,967 $131,000 5,131 2.3%
North Shoal Creek 22 4,210 $236,450 2,152 4.7%
Saint Edwards 23 4,268 $267,000 2,486 4.3%
Central East Austin 24 4,212 $235,700 3,055 4.5%
North Loop 25 5,074 $283,600 1,815 8.0%
Galindo 26 3,475 $274,800 2,356 7.7%
West Gate 27 3,166 $279,225 1,860 4.8%
Upper Boggy Creek 28 4,798 $228,840 2,687 6.1%
University Of Texas 29 8,968 $273,600 2,236 6.9%
Windsor Park 30 16,254 $193,773 3,970 7.0%
Sweet Briar 31 4,933 $149,100 4,770 3.6%
West Congress 32 2,240 $202,533 3,580 5.3%
South Manchaca 33 7,188 $184,350 3,810 5.8%
North Burnett 34 6,697 $173,700 3,603 4.5%
Garrison Park 35 10,701 $159,156 4,374 6.1%
Highland 36 4,319 $180,160 3,958 4.9%
Riverside 37 14,145 $196,800 4,255 7.7%
Coronado Hills 38 3,239 $131,150 5,607 3.8%
West University 39 14,041 $221,717 4,603 7.0%
University Hills 40 5,018 $167,700 4,277 9.9%
East Cesar Chavez 41 2,895 $213,800 3,704 8.6%
East Congress 42 3,328 $143,333 4,415 4.2%
Holly 43 2,984 $209,800 4,225 6.7%
Pecan Springs Springdale 44 5,593 $148,125 5,257 4.5%
Heritage Hills 45 6,538 $98,400 6,155 3.5%
Saint Johns 46 8,659 $151,850 5,101 9.0%
North Austin 47 27,882 $131,625 5,570 9.5%
Parker Lane 48 10,082 $140,083 5,149 8.3%
Mckinney 49 2,931 $118,967 5,441 5.0%
Southeast 50 2,066 $131,600 5,335 6.5%
Rosewood 51 4,768 $173,840 4,705 9.4%
Pleasant Valley 52 13,532 $119,633 5,836 5.8%
Franklin Park 53 16,466 $101,000 6,385 7.2%
Govalle 54 5,062 $182,600 4,581 8.8%
North Lamar 55 6,721 $117,900 6,162 7.1%
Georgian Acres 56 9,144 $120,300 6,002 8.8%
Mlk 57 4,027 $150,220 4,980 8.2%
Montopolis 58 10,010 $111,433 6,061 7.4%
Martin Luther King-Hwy 183 59 8,163 $125,600 5,846 9.1%

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