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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Austin is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 87,316. Austin is in Cook County. Living in Austin offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Austin there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Austin and residents tend to be liberal.
About Austin...
Population
87,316

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$147,931
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$953
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,307.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    95.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    900.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    484.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,326.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    825.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$33,095
National
$55,322
Families with Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%
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My neighborhood is dangerous, it is underserved and undervalued by Chicago’s politicians and infrastructure developments. Banks seize properties and leave them without management causing them to become dilapidated, and people from all over Chicago come and do fly by dumping in the neighborhood. Although community organizations like Austin Coming Together and the West Side Health Authority’s Good Neighbor program does activism to improve the community, it is hard to combat the systematic and institutional limitations placed on the community and the people that inhabit it. Neighborhoods shouldn’t have to be gentrified for them to be better.
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Unfortunately, the neighborhood of Austin isn't as beautiful as other parts of the city of Chicago. There's violence and poverty everywhere throughout the neighborhood. Also the schools in the neighborhood aren't resourced very well, as they don't have updated books so the schools are struggling.
Lived here since 2008 and have seen the gradual decrease in safety and cleanliness. The nearby schools have either shut down or decreased in quality. Predominantly an African American neighborhood and with an increase in Latin American people.