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:
- Crestview (Homes)
- Old West Austin (Homes)
- South River City (Homes)
- Downtown (Homes)
- Rosedale (Homes)
- Dawson (Homes)
- Bouldin (Homes)
- Zilker (Homes)
- Rmma (Homes)
- Barton Hills (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Austin that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Austin.
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How do you determine the top 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.
Median Income: $75,741
Median Home Value: $275,250
2. Old West Austin
Median Income: $62,783
Median Home Value: $597,780
3. South River City
Median Income: $68,879
Median Home Value: $348,550
Median Income: $87,109
Median Home Value: $449,300
Median Income: $76,100
Median Home Value: $367,514
Median Income: $50,806
Median Home Value: $279,250
Median Income: $59,509
Median Home Value: $350,150
Median Income: $74,832
Median Home Value: $423,986
Median Income: $62,175
Median Home Value: $379,200
10. Barton Hills
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:
- West University
For more reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Austin
|2||Old West Austin||5,209|
|3||South River City||7,072|
|13||North Shoal Creek||4,300|
|21||Upper Boggy Creek||5,133|
|24||Central East Austin||4,533|
|27||University Of Texas||9,105|
|29||East Cesar Chavez||3,365|
|41||Pecan Springs Springdale||5,089|
|45||Martin Luther King-Hwy 183||8,445|