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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Austin is a city in Texas with a population of 916,906. Austin is in Travis County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Austin offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Austin there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Austin and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Austin are highly rated.
About Austin...
Population
916,906

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$285,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,165
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Austin Rankings

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

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    193.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    80.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    104.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    467.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,729.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    260.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    22%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Austin

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,717
National
$55,322
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Austin is a great city! Compared to places like Los Angles, Austin really has character and even the surrounding Austin cities (Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, etc.) have something to offer. Both main school districts (RRISD & AISD) are pretty good, downtown is packed with stuff to do and really Austin has plenty of places and people that make it special. I will say that as Austin grows and becomes much more metropolitan it loses some of what makes it "weird", but if you can find those key places that retain charm, it's a fantastic place to live.
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Austin is a city with festive music and exciting events all the time. There are numerous parks where people can hang out, throw a Frisbee, picnic, and hammock. There are also so many opportunities to go paddle-boarding, rock climbing, and hike in the green belt. Downtown you can grab a snow cone or some fantastic food from so many different restaurants! There are plenty of nice neighborhoods with good schools to live in. You might have to fight a little traffic to get to work but overall Austin is worth living in because of all the benefits! It’s an amazing city!
Austin is very welcoming and when the weather is nice, Austin is a great place to go hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking. There's so much to explore around Austin! The people in Austin are nice as well. The parks have plenty of people and dogs everywhere. If you're in Austin for a good time in the nightlife, West 6th as well as dirty 6th has given me a great time with my family and friends allowing me to make new friends while out having fun, sipping on drinks or taking shots! Overall, Austin is a city to visit for a wholesome time with family and friends.