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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Highland is a neighborhood in Austin, Texas with a population of 4,719. Highland is in Travis County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Highland offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Highland there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Highland and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Highland are highly rated.
About Highland...
Population
4,719

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$256,135
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,148
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Highland Rankings

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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
    323.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    13.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    134.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    780.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,410.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    255.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,297
National
$55,322
Families with Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Highland Reviews

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This neighborhood is awesome. Lots of good restaurants, coffee, bars. It’s ethnically diverse and people are friendly and progressive. I grew up in Austin and this neighborhood still has that laid back, keep Austin weird vibe. A good mix of 30 somethings, educators, musicians, hard working people. It’s safe and people walk their dogs and stroll their babies around.
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Highland neighborhood is transforming. A few years ago, it was just a forgotten area of cheap, mid-century houses near a dead mall. Now the dead mall has become the Tech Center campus of Austin Community College, and many of the mid-century houses are being updated into sleek 21st century homes.

Proximity to Metro Rail commuter trains, several bus lines, and a number of designated bicycle routes means that you don’t always need to rely on your car to get around. Reilly Elementary School, a public school offering unique dual language programs in English/Mandarin and English/Spanish, proudly serves this neighborhood and offers priority enrollment to local students before giving places to students in other neighborhoods.

This area still has a few rough edges, which means that home prices haven’t taken off yet. Probably one of the best inexpensive neighborhoods with an easy commute to downtown—at least right now.
The Highland neighborhood is a very mixed neighborhood, and a changing one . Older businesses and apartment complexes are being replaced with new businesses, new living spaces and new amenities. Perhaps the biggest change in recent years is the closure of Highland Mall and the opening of a community college (Austin Community College) in its place. Highland neighborhood is equal parts residential and commercial. The cost of living in Austin TX has risen sharply in recent years but the Highland neighborhood has not been hit as hard as others and affordable rent can still be found here which is especially important for "starving students" such as myself!