Living in Austin, TX

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Updated: 2020-03-10

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Austin (/stn, -/ ( listen), AWST-tin) is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona, and the southern-most state capital in the contiguous 48 states. As of the Census Bureau's July 1, 2016 estimate, Austin has a population of 947,890. Located in Central Texas in the foothills of Texas Hill Country, the city is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways including Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, the Colorado River, Lake Travis, and Lake Walter E. Long. It is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,056,405 as of July 1, 2016.
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Map Of Austin, TX

Population over time in Austin

Year Population % Change
2017 935,755 2.1%
2016 916,906 1.0%
2015 907,779 2.3%
2014 887,061 2.6%
2013 864,218 3.3%
2012 836,800 4.6%
2011 799,939 2.3%
2010 782,149 2.4%
2009 764,129 -
Crime/100k Austin TX USA
Violent Crime 382.2 410.9 368.9
Murder 3.3 4.6 5.0
Robbery 104.9 98.4 86.2
Aggravated Assault 193.1 256.6 246.8
Property Crime 3457.7 2367.2 2199.5
Burglary 467.4 410.8 376.0
Larceny 2729.6 1713.1 1594.6
Car Theft 260.8 243.2 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Austin

48.3% (452,110)
African American
7.5% (69,770)
American Indian
0.2% (1,591)
7.3% (67,929)
0.0% (252)
0.2% (1,694)
Two Or More
2.3% (21,847)
34.3% (320,562)
Race Austin TX USA
White 48.3% 42.3% 61.1%
African American 7.5% 11.7% 12.3%
American Indian 0.2% 0.2% 0.7%
Asian 7.3% 4.6% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Other 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Two Or More 2.3% 1.7% 2.4%
Hispanic 34.3% 39.2% 17.8%

Household Income For Austin, Texas

Less than $10,000
6.0% (5,639,418)
$10,000 to $14,999
3.2% (3,012,022)
$15,000 to $24,999
7.1% (6,649,916)
$25,000 to $34,999
8.3% (7,728,943)
$35,000 to $49,999
12.2% (11,377,711)
$50,000 to $74,999
18.0% (16,855,793)
$75,000 to $99,999
12.2% (11,372,653)
$100,000 to $149,999
15.9% (14,912,178)
$150,000 to $199,999
7.1% (6,689,112)
$200,000 or more
10.0% (9,337,749)
Income Austin TX USA
Less than $10,000 6.0% 6.4% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 3.2% 4.4% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 7.1% 9.3% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 8.3% 9.6% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 12.2% 12.8% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 18.0% 17.7% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 12.2% 12.2% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 15.9% 14.6% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 7.1% 6.2% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 10.0% 6.9% 7.0%

Gender in Austin

49.3% (461,508)
50.7% (474,247)
Gender Austin TX USA
Female 49.3% 50.3% 50.8%
Male 50.7% 49.7% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Austin for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
7.0% (65,502)
9-12th Grade
5.0% (46,787)
High School / GED
16.0% (149,720)
Some College
17.0% (159,078)
Associate's Degree
5.0% (46,787)
Bachelor's Degree
31.0% (290,084)
Master's Degree
13.0% (121,648)
Professional Degree
3.0% (28,072)
Doctorate Degree
3.0% (28,072)
Education Austin TX USA
< 9th Grade 7.0% 9.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 5.0% 8.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 16.0% 25.0% 27.0%
Some College 17.0% 22.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 5.0% 7.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 31.0% 19.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 13.0% 7.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 3.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 3.0% 1.0% 1.0%

10 Reviews & Comments About Austin

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mark ywalk

I live in Austin, TX rn, but I'm moving to Dallas soon c:

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Probably the best city in Texas. If I could afford to live here, I could.

Good restaurants, bookstores, and hang-outs. The only downside is the traffic.

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Austin is a very safe place to live. There is always something to do, but it doesn't have the messiness or noise of bigger cities like New York or San Francisco.

Lady Bird Lake makes the city gorgeous. There are a bunch of great food trucks too.

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Crime rate is moderate and is houses many great colleges and universities. I love the vibe of the city and how it has many local places to eat and shop as well as major chain stores and restaurants.

The activities are my favorite thing. Lake activities, shopping and night life. The only thing I dislike about Austin is the traffic. They should really invest on improving the infrastructure since the city has grown so much.

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I moved to Austin Texas in 2016 to 2018. I heard it was a great city with mostly liberal people. I found it to be the opposite. I was bullied for being liberal, non-religious and from California. I had people at work coming up to me telling me boldly to "go back to California". They made it very clear that they hate Californians. Everyday somebody at work bullied me for who I am and where I come from.

The culture is very digressed. There's a lot of racism. They still use the "N" word. Not only do they use the "N" word but they are proud of it. If you express disappointment they will keep saying it out of spite. I found the people in Austin Texas to be very uptight, angry and "in your face" type of people. They're not subtle about how they feel in regards to certain things such as religion, politics and race.

Everyone in Texas carries a gun. They bring their guns everywhere. Even to work. My female co-worker had hers in her purse. It was definitely an uneasy feeling knowing that everywhere I went there were guns. My boss told me "you never know when a middle eastern person will come into the restaurant I am in, shout allah and start shooting". I felt like I was in the twightlight zone with their mentality. None of them watch the news or want to know about anything going on in the world. They're very ignorant and uneducated. I will never go back to Texas. It is the worst state ever.

The biggest thing to watch out for are the people. They're very racist, conservative and HATE Californians. The traffic in Austin Texas is horrible. There's one main interstate that runs north to south and it is always packed. it will take an hour to drive 15 minutes. It's worse than the Los Angeles freeways.

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Austin is calm, safe and convenient!!

Austin has many beatuful places!

River Side is a very awesome place.

it has a lot of cafes and river is fantastic!

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Here is a great place to live.

Texas state capitol building is awesome!!

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Austin is a beautiful city with a lively music scene and plenty of entertainment. As a recent visitor to the city, I felt safe and comfortable wherever I was, whether in the heart of downtown, or further away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

My recent trip to Austin included a basketball game at the University of Texas campus, which was impressive and well worth the visit.

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I went to visit a friend in Austin. I had never been to any part of Texas before this. Austin was BEAUTIFUL. I was surprised that being the big city that it is, it was so clean. My friend explained to me why. She said that you could be fined if litter is in front of your house or business. I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with Austin because I HATE litter.

Being from a small city, what stood out for me is the size of Austin and the many social scenes.

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The public schools are awful. I moved to a so-called "best neighborhood" to send my child to elementary school when we moved here from the Northeast. The first day of school my son asked where are all the brown people mom- When I heard the name, a Confederate soldier's, I almost fainted. The school was 99% white and they had no technology. Whiteboards or computers were not seen anywhere at Robert E. Lee Elementary. The school drama department didn't actually put on plays. These were tired recitals read out by students as a lazy form of reenactment like stick figures holding a flag or doing a dance. No it wasn't a play at all!

The residents of this city are so into naval gazing they believe their own PR hype. Keep Austin Weird. It's not weird at all. In fact, it is a conventional, conservative racist place that the hipsters and anyone else who wants to believe they're not deluding themselves.

When confronted with their racist past and racist present, people become defensive and feign innocence. When you tell them that their "food, art or music" scenes were a) not invented in Austin, b) existed two or more decades ago elsewhere and c) this ain't the live music capital of the world, they are in disbelief.

Austin is the fastest growing city losing the Black population in the USA. There is economic apartheid everywhere. Black and Hispanic peoples have been bought out or kicked out of their homes and living quarters due to rampant greedy developers, just like what occurred in San Francisco a decade ago.

While beautiful in some parts, there are no bike paths for children to ride on in the city. Most neighborhoods do not have sidewalks and if some do, they are inconsistently placed, haphazardly on one side of a street but not the other.

The traffic is horrendous with no plans to bring public transit here and the housing is abysmal. Brand new apartment or condo complexes are made with the shoddiest of materials so expect rain seepage when there's a storm. Unfortunately, FEMA or your insurance doesn't cover it since it's not a flood.

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