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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
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
About Austin...
Population
907,779

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$257,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
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
    216
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    52
    41
  • Robbery
    110
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    547
    500
  • Theft
    2,730
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    229
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$60,939
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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I moved to Austin a year ago and I absolutely love it. The culture, diversity, and healthy focus of the town is inspiring and encouraging. I am a young adult who likes good night life, but also values health and fitness. Austin has everything that I need. It is also easy to meet people here. Everyone has shown to be very friendly and open hearted. Lastly, the town is very conscious of the planet and keeping our earth clean and pollution free. This is also of value to me. Grocery stores do not even use plastic bags. I am very grateful for my time here in Austin and look forward to spending many more years here!
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I moved to Austin about 5 years ago from Pennsylvania. It was just myself and my dog Daisy and we found a room mate online. I had heard so many positive things about Austin-- great higher education infrastructure, job opportunities, and community life! All of those are true. I started at a community college here and have progressed to being at the University of Texas at Austin. The culture here is about being happy, healthy, and having fun! With music festivals like Austin City Limits and a plethora of music venues there is always somewhere you can chill and catch some local tunes. The art and food are amazing as well. I love to swim in the local natural spring-fed swimming pool downtown called Barton Springs. One thing I would change about Austin is affordability. There is not much housing that is remotely affordable for students although there are several emerging programs that will hopefully change that.
Austin is a very unique city with many good things about it. Whether its for the great activities here or just to life in such a exotic place, many people visit or settle in the biggest city in the south. One thing about Austin is that theyre are many activities here that you can do; for example, swimming at barton springs or going to congress are just 2 of the amazing places here. Another feature about Austin is their food, its amazing. A few of the great restaurants here are Torchys Tacos, then you can go to Gourdoughs for some huge donuts as desert! Since there are new people coming every day, theres a wide variety of people here. That also means that theres also a bunch of traffic here. Also, many of the places you go to here are segregated but overall, its a great place to be!