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 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!
Living in the Travis Heights neighborhood of Southwest Austin off of South Congress Avenue has been a great experience. The convenience of living close to downtown and great shopping and restaurants is unbeatable. Travis Heights is also a quiet neighborhood with an eclectic mix of young professionals, Austin natives, families, and students. The only downside would have to be the cost of living and the current construction off of Oltorf. Other than those things, I highly recommend living here!