The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Austin For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Austin are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Austin.
Best Neighborhoods In Austin

Want to get your hands on one of the hottest housing markets in America for 2021? 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 2021 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.

So, if you want to know where the best neighborhood to buy your forever home in Austin is located, grab a slice of 'za from the VIA 313 truck and a sunny spot in Zilker Park and keep reading.

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/year to afford to buy one of the $246,755 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, TX

Population: 5,172
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $331,075 (14th best)
Median Income: $78,024 (Sixth best)
More on Crestview: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown Austin, TX

Population: 7,414
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $454,200 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $98,498 (best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Rosedale Austin, TX

Population: 6,008
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $467,743 (Third best)
Median Income: $85,834 (Second best)
More on Rosedale: Homes For Sale | Data

Zilker Austin, TX

Population: 6,329
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $482,871 (Second best)
Median Income: $79,611 (Fifth best)
More on Zilker: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,651
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $438,283 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $53,870 (27th best)
More on Hyde Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Barton Hills Austin, TX

Population: 9,010
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $488,529 (best)
Median Income: $72,514 (Eighth best)
More on Barton Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Old West Austin Austin, TX

Population: 5,332
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $439,620 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $72,697 (Seventh best)
More on Old West Austin: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,076
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $282,267 (25th best)
Median Income: $54,142 (26th best)
More on South Lamar: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 8,861
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $295,242 (20th best)
Median Income: $72,429 (Ninth best)
More on Allandale: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,737
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $337,233 (13th best)
Median Income: $53,509 (29th best)
More on Galindo: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Austin, TX Neighborhoods In 2021

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 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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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Austin For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Crestview 5,172 $331,075 $78,024
2 Downtown 7,414 $454,200 $98,498
3 Rosedale 6,008 $467,743 $85,834
4 Zilker 6,329 $482,871 $79,611
5 Hyde Park 5,651 $438,283 $53,870
6 Barton Hills 9,010 $488,529 $72,514
7 Old West Austin 5,332 $439,620 $72,697
8 South Lamar 9,076 $282,267 $54,142
9 Allandale 8,861 $295,242 $72,429
10 Galindo 3,737 $337,233 $53,509
11 South River City 6,980 $436,283 $83,666
12 East Cesar Chavez 3,152 $299,300 $62,881
13 Brentwood 9,082 $285,488 $59,856
14 Windsor Road 5,882 $467,600 $83,929
15 Chestnut 1,683 $295,550 $62,572
16 Dawson 2,758 $325,125 $48,360
17 Upper Boggy Creek 5,302 $295,020 $58,518
18 North University 4,729 $212,500 $26,698
19 Hancock 4,348 $460,640 $55,110
20 North Shoal Creek 4,398 $269,533 $62,650
21 Windsor Hills 8,805 $124,975 $48,038
22 Holly 3,157 $291,725 $48,968
23 Garrison Park 11,899 $189,400 $60,027
24 Bouldin 5,585 $452,150 $63,868
25 Wooten 5,596 $236,333 $56,640
26 University Of Texas 9,602 $283,300 $46,573
27 Rmma 3,744 $432,700 $66,995
28 University Hills 5,008 $223,225 $56,300
29 Pecan Springs Springdale 5,762 $201,550 $41,166
30 Coronado Hills 3,453 $176,350 $32,758
31 West Congress 3,725 $250,200 $54,579
32 Triangle State 1,359 $178,700 $45,880
33 West Gate 3,858 $337,625 $45,249
34 Central East Austin 4,756 $309,280 $54,415
35 South Manchaca 7,794 $185,475 $53,741
36 Rosewood 5,701 $255,020 $33,471
37 North Austin 27,787 $117,564 $39,560
38 Franklin Park 17,874 $91,370 $42,526
39 Southeast 3,208 $134,600 $48,233
40 Mckinney 3,150 $128,100 $55,700
41 Heritage Hills 6,935 $155,350 $34,850
42 West University 15,552 $36,100 $10,313
43 North Lamar 7,591 $125,367 $38,197
44 Pleasant Valley 16,277 $40,814 $28,283
45 Sweet Briar 5,468 $110,367 $48,151
46 North Loop 5,202 $330,283 $48,192
47 Govalle 5,366 $240,100 $45,932
48 Windsor Park 16,026 $215,227 $48,717
49 Riverside 12,906 $80,760 $39,997
50 Saint Edwards 5,395 $96,800 $37,831
51 Highland 5,694 $217,960 $48,647
52 Georgian Acres 9,600 $90,800 $34,377
53 Johnston Terrace 1,485 $175,350 $50,223
54 Parker Lane 9,993 $158,900 $34,384
55 North Burnett 7,559 $84,867 $56,120
56 Mlk 4,121 $201,900 $40,115
57 East Congress 3,722 $116,833 $57,876
58 Saint Johns 9,414 $119,120 $38,935
59 Martin Luther King-Hwy 183 8,366 $167,560 $38,101
60 Montopolis 12,211 $77,150 $31,146

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.