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
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.
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3. South River City
Median Income: $68,879
Median Home Value: $348,550
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.
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Median Income: $87,109
Median Home Value: $449,300
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.
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Median Income: $76,100
Median Home Value: $367,514
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
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Median Income: $50,806
Median Home Value: $279,250
Median Income: $59,509
Median Home Value: $350,150
Bouldin Creek is an older neighborhood in Austin, Texas, originally created at the turn of the 20th century. With several historic homes remaining from that era, and countless more from the period of rapid growth in the 1920s and 1930s that followed, this neighborhood has an undeniable historic charm. Bouldin Creek is also highly diverse, with a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and architectural styles blending together, resulting in a neighborhood that is uniquely Austin.
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Median Income: $74,832
Median Home Value: $423,986
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.
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Median Income: $62,175
Median Home Value: $379,200
10. Barton Hills
Median Income: $73,148
Median Home Value: $439,957
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.
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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:
- 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|