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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-

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%

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

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 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.
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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!
The things I like most about Austin is how friendly the people are here. No matter where you go at least one person gives you a smile or a wave. There are plenty of activities to do around here, no matter what you like doing. I personally like finding new trails to go and explore, whether its 30 miles away or near by. You could honestly check the trails out all year around with the way the weather is here. It's usually nice and sunny out. But the only downside, well as any Austin-ite would say, would be the traffic. Austin has definitely grown fast! But also, more new faces means a chance to meet more new friends!