A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$240,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,047
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%

Austin Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    219
    0
  • Murder
    2
    0
  • Rape
    52
    41
  • Robbery
    99
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    533
    1
  • Theft
    2,990
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    248
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$57,689
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Austin houses one of the most distinguished universities in the country, The University of Texas, for natural sciences. This public research institution offers its students one of the most robust science educations, not only nationwide, but also world wide. Austin also boasts a number of activities to take part in, whether it be kayaking on the river or bar hopping on 6th Street, you can always find a something fun to do. However, while activities such as kayaking may be affordable, you may find yourself burning through some cash while strolling down 6th street. Furthermore, Austin's homeless population is readily apparent. Austin is also known for its variety of food trucks. You can always find a bite to eat with plenty of healthy options!
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Austin is an up-and-coming hub for culture and technology. It attracts thousands of young people with a flourishing tech community, lots of yogis and activists, students of all backgrounds, cowboys, hippies, families, everyone! It's growing every year with more and more to offer. It is surrounded by and saturated with nature, but lacking nothing as a bustling metropolis. It is the live music capital of the world, so its no wonder Austin is bursting at the seams with comedy, dance, theatre and concerts every day. It has the classic Texas feel but the unique spirit of a multi-cultural city. It is becoming known for its great cuisine, and food trucks adorn the streets. There are loads of cultural events and festivals year-round, and offers so much for tourists and locals alike. It's the big city with everything urban playgrounds have but that feels cozy like a small town. What an interesting, one-of-a-kind place!
I really enjoy the sense of community in Austin, especially downtown. I love what a green, friendly initiative this city has taken to ensure a better quality of living for all creatures. The one aspect of Austin that I love most would have to be the vast array of music!
More and more people are moving to Texas, especially Austin; this will result in a decrease of job opportunities and safety, and an increase in cost of living and traffic. I would love to see something being done about the immense traffic ALL over Austin. Since Austin was considered a sanctuary city for refugees and illegals; it’s currently listed as the 5th most crime-populated city in the country. The Sheriff of Travis County has refused to arrest any illegals caught committing crimes, while actual U.S. citizens will still be stopped for anything. I follow the other Austinites who are outraged by this lack of safety and security in this once friendly city.