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