These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Austin, TX 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 (Homes)
  2. Old West Austin (Homes)
  3. South River City (Homes)
  4. Downtown (Homes)
  5. Rosedale (Homes)
  6. Dawson (Homes)
  7. Bouldin (Homes)
  8. Zilker (Homes)
  9. Rmma (Homes)
  10. 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.

1. Crestview

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

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2. Old West Austin

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

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3. South River City

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

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4. Downtown

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

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5. Rosedale

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

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6. Dawson

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

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7. Bouldin

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

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8. Zilker

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

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9. Rmma

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

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10. Barton Hills

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

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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

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

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